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 Christian Legal Aid of DC (“CLADC”) is seeking a full-time law clerk for the summer of 2018. CLADC was formed in 2007 to provide free and low-cost legal services to low-income individuals and families, and it uses this platform to share the love of Christ with its clients. It conducts four legal aid clinics around the District each month and provides advice, services, and representation in landlord/tenant, child custody/support, public benefits, and expungement matters, among other practice areas. For more information about CLADC, please visit its website, www.cladc.org.

While the position is unpaid, it offers a small stipend (if the student does not obtain funding for his or her work with CLADC from his or her law school or another source). Also, if needed, CLADC may be able to arrange for low-cost or potentially even free housing. A rising 3L is preferred for the position, but rising 2Ls are also encouraged to apply.

The clerk will assist CLADC’s executive director and managing attorney, primarily by performing tasks related to ongoing cases, including meeting with clients, interviewing witnesses, performing legal research, and drafting various case-related documents. The clerk will also have the opportunity to go to court with CLADC’s staff and potentially assist in depositions and trials. The clerk may also be given tasks related to administrative, event-planning, and fundraising matters from time-to-time.

If you’re interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to CLADC at info@christianlegalaid-dc.org by April 1st, and preferably earlier to guarantee consideration.

The Christian Legal Aid of DC (“CLADC”) is seeking to hire a Managing Attorney, beginning as soon as possible. CLADC was formed in 2007 to provide free and low-cost legal services to low-income individuals and families, and it uses this platform to share the love of Christ. It conducts four legal aid clinics around the District each month and provides advice, services, and representation in landlord/tenant, child custody/support, public benefits, and expungement matters, among other practice areas. For more information about CLADC, please visit its website, www.cladc.org.

The job description below is not meant to be exhaustive, as the nature of the work requires the Managing Attorney to exhibit flexibility and innovation, but it contains the position’s primary duties and expectations.

  1.             General
  2. a)   Relationships with CLADC members.  The Managing Attorney will maintain a good relationship with the Executive Director, Office Administrator, and Board of Directors, and will report directly to the Executive Director.  The Managing Attorney will also be expected to establish and maintain good relationships with other staff, supporters, clients, volunteers and donors.
  3. b)  Christ-Like Example.  The Managing Attorney, relying on his or her faith and relationship with Jesus Christ, should be an example to the volunteers and other staff of loving the poor and assisting them with their legal and spiritual needs.
  4. c)   Schedule.  The position is full-time, and the Managing Attorney is expected to work the hours necessary to accomplish the tasks of the position.
  5.             Program Services
  6. a)Legal Work.  The Managing Attorney will be expected to develop and/or maintain an expertise in two to three practice areas and maintain a caseload in the designated areas (preferred practice areas include landlord/tenant, child custody/support, public benefits, expungements, estate planning, probate, and employment law); provide trainings in those practice areas on at least a quarterly or biannual basis to a group of pro bono attorneys; and supervise and provide mentorship to CLADC pro bono attorneys willing to provide brief services or extended representation in the those areas.
  7. b)Clinics. Along with the Executive Director and Office Administrator, the Managing Attorney will ensure that CLADC’s legal aid clinics are run smoothly, particularly as they relate to the provision of legal services in the Managing Attorney’s practice areas.  This will involve:
  8.      Marketing the clinics to potential clients and organizations that may refer clients in the Managing Attorney’s practice areas;
  9. Attending at least two clinic dates per quarter and conducting interviews, or being available to answer questions for volunteers who conduct interviews;

iii.    Ensuring the data from the clinics (e.g., client and volunteer attendance, etc.) is recorded and preserved properly; and;

  1. Seeking to grow and improve the quality of the clinics.
  2. c)Miscellaneous. The Managing Attorney will also be responsible for, among other things: assisting with CLADC’s annual events, including Do More 24, Client Story Night, Faith & Law Lecture, and the Fall Fundraising Banquet; developing a familiarity with practice areas outside the Managing Attorney’s expertise but relevant to CLADC’s work; cultivating and maintaining relationships with other legal and non-legal professionals in and outside of CLADC’s network for the purpose of improving the quality and quantity of services to CLADC’s clients; referring cases to CLADC’s pro bono attorneys; developing training materials; and assisting with fundraising. The Managing Attorney will also be responsible for any other activities as may be reasonably determined by the Executive Director.

 III.            Requirements/Qualifications

  1. a)   Acceptance of basic orthodox, ecumenical Christian beliefs—for example, as described in the Apostles’ Creed;
  2. b)   At least three to five years of experience working in a legal services or law firm setting preferred;
  3. c)   Experience in at least one or two areas of poverty law (e.g., landlord/tenant, public benefits, child custody/support, etc.) preferred;
  4. d)   Exceptional organizational, verbal and written communication, and leadership skills;
  5. e)Self-starter with strong initiative;
  6. f)Discipline with priorities; and
  7. g)Membership or current eligibility for membership with the DC Bar
  8.             Salary and Benefits
  9. a)Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience;
  10. b)Healthcare coverage; and
  11. c)Federal holidays and paid vacation and sick leave
  12.             To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (including one pastoral reference) via email to:

Robert G. Rose, Executive Director

Christian Legal Aid of DC

907 Maryland Ave NE

Washington, DC 20002


The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a staff attorney for its public benefits 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 our work with clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and impact litigation. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website, www.LegalAidDC.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.

Tasks and Duties Legal Aid has a broad and energetic public benefits practice. The public benefits law unit helps families and individuals who have been denied, terminated from, or had reduced essential safety net benefits such as Food Stamps (or SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, and Unemployment Insurance. Our public benefits attorneys provide legal representation and advice in matters before federal and local agencies, including the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, and engage in systemic advocacy on behalf of our client community.

The staff attorney will handle a caseload of public benefits cases, perform intakes, and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy, and systemic reform efforts. He/she will be based out of Legal Aid’s main NW office but will also help staff its community offices in SE Washington, D.C.

Qualifications The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Strong legal, organizational, oral and written communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with Legal Aid staff, legal services providers in other organizations and representatives of federal and District government agencies;
  • Legal services experience or the equivalent;
  • Legal experience in public benefits work a plus;
  • Litigation experience a plus;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice; and
  • Bilingual Spanish skills 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. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled. Please submit your resume and cover letter here: https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=11

January 18, 2018

Maryland Legal Aid’s Metropolitan Maryland Office in Prince George’s County office has an immediate opening for two staff attorneys.  All vacancies are in the General Unit practice, which handles housing, consumer, public benefits, and family law matters (as well as some limited employment cases).

Duties include handling a wide range of cases and representing low-income clients in court and administrative hearings.  Additional responsibilities include assisting with outreach, community education, and intake.  Areas of practice focus on consumer, housing, public benefits and family law.  Geographic coverage is Prince George’s and Howard Counties (local travel required).

Highest consideration given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to public interest law and worked with low-income populations in a legal services setting.  Preference given to those who are already licensed to practice law.  Applicants who are proficient in Spanish are encouraged to apply.  Applications may be submitted through an on-line system (Go to www.mdlab.org and then click on “Careers” at the bottom).  Individuals may also e-mail their cover letters and resumes to  directly to Sabrina B. Wear, Supervising Attorney, swear@mdlab.org.

MLA is a unionized workplace and salary placement is determined by collective bargaining agreement.

Legal Aid is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Staff Attorney, Family Unit

Staff Attorney, Public Benefits

Paid summer law clerk position in Maryland Legal Aid Bureau Prince George’s County Office’s general law practice, which handles landlord-tenant/housing, consumer, bankruptcy, elder law, public benefits, and family/domestic violence cases.

The pay rate is $13/hour for rising 2L students and $15/hour for rising 3L students.  This vacancy is not available to law school graduates or practicing attorneys.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume by COB Monday, May 8th TO:

Sabrina B. Wear

Supervising Attorney
Maryland Legal Aid

Metropolitan Maryland Office

8401 Corporate Drive, Suite 200

Landover, MD 20785

Phone: (301) 560-2145

Fax: (301) 429-8743

E-mail: swear@mdlab.org