Neighborhood Legal Services Program (“NLSP”), a private, non-profit law firm that provides high quality civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia, seeks to hire a fulltime Staff Attorney with at least three years of family law experience, as well as knowledge of family law practice in the District of Columbia and knowledge of public benefits programs.  See the full announcement here.

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Staff Attorney—CLS Housing Unit

Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia is seeking an attorney in its Housing Unit. CLS is one of the leading legal services programs in the country. This exciting and demanding position is for a lawyer to represent clients in public housing and private landlord-tenant matters. This position primarily entails zealous representation of a significant number of individual clients each week in court and administrative hearings. The position also entails helping to identify systemic issues and engaging in systems and policy advocacy work in consultation with the managing attorney. The staff attorney will also have housing related intake duties, project management and supervision of staff and interns as needed.

Lawyers in the Housing Unit zealously represents private, public, and subsidized housing tenants in matters involving eviction, illegal lockouts, fair housing violations, termination or loss of subsidy, and substandard housing. Representation includes all the elements of litigation including client interviewing, investigation, discovery, identifying and preparing witnesses and exhibits, pleadings, briefs, and representation at hearings at trial level and appellate levels as appropriate.

Lawyers will also be expected to provide supervision and support to paralegals, social workers, and interns who are providing advice, brief service, and some representation.

Lawyers in Housing Unit also engage in non-litigation focused advocacy, including policy, administrative and legislative advocacy, as well as organizing and teaching community and professional education sessions on a variety of issues, including lead paint elimination, domestic violence, criminal records and barriers, federal housing policy changes,  tenant eviction laws etc.

Lawyers in Housing unit also work with the Managing Attorney and other attornys in the Unit to establish connections to community and government agency partners and to develop impact advocacy strategies to remove barriers to housing and general access to the courts for low-income individuals and families.

We seek applicants with the following qualifications:

•           Litigation and trial advocacy experience strongly preferred

•           Minimum of 2-5 years of housing and/or litigation experience preferred

•           Ability and interest in zealously representing a significant number of tenants in court and administrative hearings

•           Ability to manage a significant caseload of individual clients with both public and private landlord-tenant matters

•           Excellent legal analysis skills

•           Excellent work ethic, organization, and communication skills

•           Excellent legal research and writing skills

•           Excellent oral advocacy skills

•           Experience and interest in policy and others forms of advocacy

•           Possess sound professional and legal judgment

•           Supervisory experience preferred but not required

•           Experience and ability to work with low-income and vulnerable individuals

•           Illustrate a high level commitment to racial justice advocacy

•           Fluency in another language helpful, but not required

To Apply: CLS will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. You can submit your application on CLS’s website online at: https://clsphila.org/about-cls/available-positions/

What to Include in your application:

Please include a cover letter, resume, three professional references and one brief writing sample (10 pages or less).  Community Legal Services values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to apply.  CLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

This is a full-time position covered by the collective bargaining agreement between Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) and the Philadelphia Legal Services Union N.O.L.S.W./Local 2320/UAW.  The current minimum starting salary is governed by that agreement and is subject to change according to the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement.  Raises and benefits are also governed by that agreement.

The D.C. Access to Justice Commission has an immediate opening for a part-time attorney. This is a unique professional opportunity for an attorney who is interested in advancing access to justice for low- and moderate-income District residents on two primary projects: reporting on the legal needs of District residents and exploring national best practices in court-related projects. A successful candidate will be a self-starter with strong organizational and inter-personal skills and, preferably, a working knowledge of the District legal services network and the community it serves. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the attorney will be responsible for: (1) facilitating the completion of the Commission’s latest legal needs report; (2) providing support to the Commission on court-related projects; and (3) other Commission-related projects, as time allows.

Qualifications: 

In addition to having a law degree and relevant legal experience, the ideal candidate will have the following credentials:

  • detail-oriented and well-organized, with strong time and task management skills;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team;
  • demonstrated self-reliance and ability to work independently;
  • experience as an anti-poverty or public interest legal advocate is preferred;
  • background and comfort with assessing data a plus; and
  • demonstrated commitment to the Commission’s mission.

Hours:

The Commission envisions a generally flexible schedule of about 20-25 hours per week, with some availability during regular business hours. The position is currently structured as a temporary position for 1 year, with the possibility of extension if funding becomes available. Work from home or telecommuting will be considered. Only candidates who are seriously seeking temporary, part-time employment should apply.

Salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

To Apply: 

The Commission does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. It encourages applications from all interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should e-mail a letter of interest, a list of references, a writing sample, and a current resume to D.C. Access to Justice Commission Executive Director Nancy Drane at nancy.drane@dcaccesstojustice.org. Please write “Attorney Position” in the subject line of your e-mail. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for judicial internship positions for fall 2017.  See the full announcement here.

NCLEJ seeks energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work, experience in developing and implementing projects, and excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, to apply for fellowships that would start in September 2018, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and any other relevant fellowships such as those offered by law schools.

See their website at http://nclej.org/jobs-and-internships for links to the full announcement, and  a video and other information about past fellows.

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities through ground-breaking, successful litigation and policy work. We work nationwide with low-income individuals, grass roots organizations, and their advocates. Our current advocacy is focused on 1) fighting for the rights of low-income families for economic security; 2) expanding and enforcing employment law protections for low-income workers; 3) defeating unfair and abusive debt collection practices; and 4) using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to advance the rights of low-income people.

Bread for the City Legal Clinic seeks 3Ls or recent law graduates to sponsor as an Equal Justice Works (EJW) and Skadden Fellowship candidate for the fall 2017 application process (fellowship to begin in fall 2018).  Bread for the City is an innovative non-profit located in our nation’s capital with experience in supporting successful EJW and Skadden Fellowships.

In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Bread for the City provides comprehensive services to District residents living with low-incomes.  The services include supplemental food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services.  We recognize that all people share a common humanity and that all are responsible to themselves and to society as a whole.  Therefore, we promote the mutual collaboration of clients, volunteers, donors, staff, and other community partners to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to rectify the conditions that perpetuate it.

Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic provides free civil legal services in primarily three areas of the law: housing, family, and public benefits.  The Legal Clinic is a part of several collaborative projects to increase access to justice in the District, including court-based offices through which Bread for the City attorneys provide same-day advice and representation to litigants they meet for the first time at court at a critical point in their legal case. The Legal Clinic also has a Community Lawyering Project that aims to transform communities in a non-traditional way by working with communities to solve community-identified needs through not only legal representation but also advocacy, community education, leadership development, institution building, and organizing.

Ideal fellowship applicants include law students entering their third year or recent graduates who expect to complete a judicial clerkship in the summer of 2018.  Applicants must be self-motivated; creative; committed to social, economic, and racial justice; a strong oral communicator and writer; and able to work in a collaborative work environment.  Bread for the City will entertain projects in an issue area grounded in the areas of our legal practice for which our attorneys can provide in-house expertise and support.  The Legal Clinic has a particular interest in supporting a project that focuses on family law, public benefits, and/or supporting survivors of domestic violence.

To apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 page summary of a proposed project to Senior Staff Attorney Emily Petrino atepetrino@breadforthecity.org with “Post-Grad Fellowship 2018” in the subject line.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Neighborhood Legal Services Program Neighborhood Legal Services Program (“NLSP”), seeks to hire a full time Staff Attorney with at least two years of family law
experience and knowledge of family law practice in the District of Columbia. The Staff Attorney’s primary focus will be family law, with a secondary focus in consumer law. This position will be located in NLSP’s Ward 7 office at 4609 Polk Street NE, Washington, D.C.  See the full announcement here.