The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics of The George Washington University Law School announce the availability of new graduate clinical fellowships for the academic years of 2018-20.  In recognition of the generous gift of Philip Friedman, the Fellows are known as Friedman Fellows.

The 2018-20 Friedman Fellowships begin in the summer of 2018.  Fellows are assigned to the specific law school clinic that matches their background and experience.  Although different clinics provide Fellows different responsibilities and experiences, each clinic provides a Fellow with opportunities to co-teach and co-supervise, alongside experienced clinical faculty, the law students enrolled in the clinic.

The Friedman Fellowship program affords every Fellow the opportunity to learn about 1) clinical education and public interest lawyering through the practice of engaging in each, 2) teaching and supervising law students engaged in these activities, and 3) participating in a program of study in which these are the primary topics of inquiry.  Throughout their two years in residence, Fellows can receive specific instruction and guidance in teaching and supervising clinical law students, and in writing scholarship for publication.  The program provides Fellows with mentorship and support from the clinical faculty and administration, and from the law school in general.

We are currently seeking applications from candidates with strong academic, clinical, and lawyering experience.  We are especially interested in applications from lawyers with background and experience in the following areas: civil legal aid practice, community economic development law, criminal defense practice, cyberviolence, domestic violence, family law litigation, prisoner re-entry issues, small business and nonprofit law, and transactional law.

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $60,000 and are eligible for university employment benefits, such as health insurance, tuition assistance, and other benefits related to law school affiliation.  Fellows must be members of a state bar. Candidates who are not members of the D.C. Bar must be eligible for immediate waiver into the D.C. Bar.

By November 30, 2017, each applicant should send a letter of interest, a resume, a list of references, and a complete law school transcript to clinicadmin@law.gwu.edu.  Questions can also be submitted to clinicadmin@law.gwu.edu.  The George Washington University Law School is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The University undertakes special efforts to employ a diverse workforce.

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The Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic hires one person to serve as a clinical teaching fellow and supervising attorney each year, for a two-year term. Fellows have several areas of responsibility, including: representing victims of family abuse in CPO cases; designing and teaching Clinic seminar classes; and supervising third-year law students in their representation of clients. The fellowship experience is designed to develop fellows’ skills as clinical law professors and launch them on a career in clinical law teaching; all of our fellows who have sought teaching jobs over the past decade or more have successfully obtained a position. Throughout the program, fellows also receive extensive supervision and training on their litigation skills, providing them with a substantial opportunity to improve as public interest lawyers.

Clinic fellows also pursue a program of graduate study, through a seminar titled Introduction to Clinical Pedagogy, taught collectively by the Georgetown clinical faculty.  Fellows also may audit regular law school courses. Finally, during the first year, fellows also are members of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, where they have an opportunity to collaborate with lawyers doing a variety of women’s rights legal work in Washington, D.C.

 

The Clinic prefers, but does not require, applications who have a background in family law, domestic violence, or poverty law and who have some trial practice experience. Fellows must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and must be admitted to a Bar prior to being offered a position in the program. Those fellows who are not members of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission by waiver upon accepting the fellowship offer.

 

Description of the Clinic

Students in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent victims of intimate abuse in civil protection order (“CPO”) cases in D.C. Superior Court. The Clinic provides students with an intensive, challenging education in the art of trial advocacy, extensive hands-on experience with family law and poverty lawyering, and the opportunity to alleviate a crucial community need for legal representation. Through course work and client representation, students are exposed to every phase of expedited civil litigation. Students also learn to navigate the criminal justice system by working, in cases where it is consistent with their client’s wishes, with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecutions against those accused of abusing Clinic clients.

 

Students litigate to obtain Civil Protection Orders (“CPOs”) that last for up to one year and can include a broad spectrum of relief designed to effectively end the violence in a family or dating relationship. For example, in a CPO, a judge may direct a batterer to cease assaulting and threatening the victim; to stay away from the victim’s home, person and workplace; and not to contact the victim in any manner. The judge may award temporary custody of the parties’ minor children, with visitation rights for the non-custodial parent, and award child and/or spousal support, so that a victim is not forced to return to a batterer due to economic necessity. Finally, each semester students develop a group project focused on improving law, policy, or community education, that is designed to expose them to bigger picture ways to pursue social justice for their chosen client base.

 

To prepare students to appear in court, Clinic faculty provide intensive instruction in evidence, civil procedure, and legal ethics, as well as the civil, family, and criminal law applicable to domestic violence litigation. In the seminar class, students participate in exercises designed to develop and refine essential litigation skills such as conducting direct and cross examination, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, introducing exhibits into evidence, and conducting negotiations. In addition, students hear from expert guest speakers on topics such as the psychological dynamics of battering and victimization, immigration and domestic violence, and counseling programs designed for the perpetrator community.

 

Application Process

Please complete an application (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/wlppfp/us/USapplication.cfm), and submit it both to the Domestic Violence Clinic, c/o Briana Hauser (dvclinic@law.georgetown.edu), and to the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (wlppfp@law.georgetown.edu). Please be sure to indicate your interest in the Domestic Violence Clinic on your application. Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 13, 2017. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews in December or January, and selection will occur shortly thereafter. Start date is in early July 2018, and the fellowship lasts for two years, terminating in June 2020.

Break the Cycle is a national organization whose mission is to inspire and support young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. We have a dynamic and diverse team that believes all young people deserve to live in a world where they can thrive. Through a combination of youth engagement, technical assistance and training, legal services to youth in Washington, DC, and policy advocacy informed by the experiences of our clients, we aspire to end youth dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and cyber-abuse.

Position Description

Break the Cycle seeks a staff attorney who shares our goal of centering our work in young people and their lived realities, leadership, and vision. The Staff Attorney will provide comprehensive legal services to our clients ages 12-24, engage in local and national policy work, and conduct trainings for young people, service providers, attorneys, and other adults who work with youth.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • is committed to and values diverse cultural perspectives;

  • understands systems of oppression and how they intersect with and impact our clients and their communities;

  • recognizes the importance of the voices of youth/clients in all our work;

  • is committed to young people and social change; and

  • is comfortable working in a small non-profit environment that values mentoring and coaching while promoting autonomy.

 

Responsibilities

  • Represent clients in civil protection order and family law cases in DC Superior Court;

  • Represent clients in Title IX matters related to dating violence, sexual assault and stalking at area secondary schools and universities;

  • Engage in criminal case advocacy, including accompanying clients to criminal hearings involving perpetrators when appropriate, keeping them abreast of their cases, and advocating for their desired outcomes;

  • Conduct onsite intake at specified locations;

  • Engage in legal research and writing and maintain a working knowledge of developments in relevant laws;

  • Provide training to a variety of adult service providers and young people on the laws that impact young victims of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Staff Attorney to support legal services program grant reporting, data tracking, and evaluation;

  • Engage in public policy advocacy locally and nationally to improve systemic responses to youth dating violence; and

  • Other tasks as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor and D.C. Bar membership or the ability to waive into DC;

  • 1-2 years litigation/direct legal services experience, preferably with youth or survivors of interpersonal violence. May substitute clerkship or relevant law school clinical work;

  • Patience, enthusiasm, creativity, and a positive attitude;

  • Experience working with young people ages 12-24;

  • Strong analytical and writing skills;

  • Understanding of issues related to domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking preferred; and

  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred.

 

Salary

DOE with excellent benefits including, but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and vacation.

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to jobs@breakthecycle.org.

 

AYUDA is seeking a full-time Bilingual Domestic Violence and Family Law Attorney to advise and represent immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking primarily in domestic violence and domestic relations cases. The position is based in its Washington, D.C. office.  The full job announcement can be found here.

The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) is seeking a supervising attorney. Please see the attached job description.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a staff attorney for its domestic violence/family law unit.

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic domestic violence/family law practice. The 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, as well as custody, child support, and divorce matters for survivors of domestic violence. 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 Legal Aid’s central 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 the United Medical Center – and the Child Support Resource Center, which operates out of the Paternity & Support Branch of D.C. Superior Court.

Qualifications 

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 does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. Legal Aid encourages all interested persons to apply regardless race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status immediately. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to:familyattorneysearch@legalaiddc.org.

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