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.



  • 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.



  • 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.



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


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.


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

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