Legal Hotline is recruiting a rising 2L intern for the summer of 2018.  This is a paid internship.

 All candidates must apply through the AARP website as soon as possible and please also send a copy of their resume and cover letter to  Katie Feiock (   Apply here:


See the March 2018 issue here.

The Business Law Transactions Clinic of New York University School of Law is searching for up to two teaching fellows to begin as early as July 2018 for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic years.  See the full announcement here.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Amara Legal Center provides free legal services and policy advocacy on behalf of survivors of human trafficking and others involved in commercial sex in the DC metro area.  See the full announcement here.

Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services (DRDC), a nonprofit protection and advocacy agency that advances the rights of DC residents with disabilities, seeks a Public Benefits Staff Attorney for the Jail and Prison Advocacy Project. The Public Benefits Staff Attorney is responsible for securing timely Social Security disability benefits for incarcerated DC residents with mental illness and intellectual disabilities who are preparing to return to the community. Our goal is to promote the successful integration into the community of DC residents with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.

As a member of the DC Jail and Prison Advocacy Project, the Public Benefits Staff Attorney will assist DC residents at Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities, the DC Jail and the Correctional Treatment Facility, and local halfway houses with prerelease applications for SSI and SSDI in preparation for their reentry. Responsibilities include:

Conduct outreach to correctional facilities to identify DC residents who might qualify for disability benefits.

–  Gather medical and mental health records and other supporting documents.

–  Complete and submit SSI/SSDI applications with cover memos.

–  Act as liaison with federal and DC agencies to follow up on benefit applications and advocate for applicants.

–  Track project outcomes and produce regular reports for both internal and external use.

–  Conduct trainings for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, criminal justice professionals and others on disability benefits eligibility, and evidence-based practices for completion of prerelease applications.

–  Provide technical assistance to correctional staff and others who are assisting incarcerated individuals with SSI/SSDI applications.

TO APPLY: All applicants must briefly respond to the following three questions within a cover letter or in a separate essay (maximum 2 pages total):

1) What are your personal or professional motivations behind working in the criminal justice/disability rights field?

2) What do you believe is one problem in the criminal justice system that could benefit from more advocacy reform?

3) What do you believe is one problem in the behavioral health system which could benefit from more advocacy reform?

Please send your responses together with a resume and list of references electronically

no later than March 15, 2018 to:

Tammy Seltzer, Director

DC Jail & Prison Advocacy Project

University Legal Services

No calls please

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a staff attorney for its domestic violence/family 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 general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, family, public benefits, and consumer law. From the work with clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and impact litigation. 

Tasks and Duties

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic domestic violence/family law practice. Our unit is staffed by three supervising attorneys, eight staff attorneys, one rotating “loaned associate” from a law firm, and a legal assistant. The staff attorney will handle a caseload of domestic violence cases, including civil protection order cases, and/or custody, child support, and divorce matters. In addition to an active litigation docket, the staff attorney will participate in community outreach, engage in systemic reform efforts, and be responsible for conducting interviews of prospective clients.

Legal Aid’s domestic violence/family law attorneys primarily work out of our NW office and may also work and conduct initial applicant interviews out of Legal Aid’s community office in SE. They also help staff the District’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers – in NW at the D.C. Superior Courthouse, and in SE at United Medical Center – and the Child Support Resource Center, which operates out of the Paternity & Support Branch of D.C. Superior Court.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
  • Experience in legal services preferred, ideally with a background in DV/family law; and
  • Bilingual skills (in Spanish, Amharic, or another language prevalent in Legal Aid’s client community) strongly preferred but not required.

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

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 here:

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

The Legal Clinic seeks to hire an attorney for our a two-year housing advocacy fellowship  to tackle local housing issues from a policy/systemic advocacy perspective.

The Legal Clinic’s Spitzer Affordable Housing Advocacy Fellowship is a two-year opportunity for an attorney who has between two and six years of practice experience and who is committed to housing justice in the District of Columbia. The Fellow will work on promoting policy, budget and programmatic solutions that will lead to a greater quantity and improved quality of housing that is truly affordable to DC’s lowest income residents. The Fellow’s focus primarily will be on housing that is locally or federally
publicly-funded or supported. The Fellow also will participate in our Attorney of the Day program to field emergency calls and maintain a small caseload of housing cases, so that her or his advocacy will be informed by client experiences.