The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Supervising Attorney or Staff Attorney for its housing law unit. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest and largest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

Tasks and Duties

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic housing practice. We give priority to cases that involve the prevention of an avoidable eviction, efforts to address dangerous or unhealthful housing conditions, and the preservation of affordable housing and public and assisted housing. In addition to an active litigation docket, we engage in significant efforts to address issues of public policy. Our unit is staffed by three supervising attorneys, nine senior staff attorneys and staff attorneys, three “loaned associates” from law firms, and a legal assistant.

Housing attorneys work at Legal Aid’s central office and its community office in Southeast DC. Attorneys also work on two projects: our Court-Based Legal Services Project, which sites a legal services office in Landlord-Tenant Court to provide same-day representation, and our Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project, which seeks to reduce eviction of low-income tenants living in subsidized housing by significantly expanding their access to legal services.

A Staff Attorney would be expected to handle a caseload of housing cases, perform intakes, and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy and systemic reform efforts. An experienced attorney also might assist in supervising volunteer interns and law firm loaned associates. A Supervising Attorney would co-supervise the housing unit staff (including senior staff attorneys, staff attorneys, and “loaned associates” from law firms and volunteer interns). In addition, she or he will handle a modest individual caseload, provide management assistance, work on policy advocacy, conduct intakes, and help shape the direction of Legal Aid’s housing law unit.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Experience in legal services, preferably with a background in housing law;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice; and
  • Bilingual skills strongly preferred but not required.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

The ideal Staff Attorney candidate will have practiced for two to three years in legal services, with a background in housing law. The ideal Supervising Attorney candidate will have significant experience in a legal services housing practice and prior supervisory experience.

Salary and Benefits

The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.

To Apply

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons from diverse backgrounds 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. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to:  https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=2.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.