fall internship position

August 10, 2017

The Council for Court Excellence is seeking law school applicants for our Fall 2017 Law and Policy Intern position. This intern will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of CCE’s local justice reform research, policy, and advocacy work. This position may be paid, pending grant funding, for work on occupational licensing reform for people with criminal records. All interns receive SmarTrip stipends to cover the cost of their Metro commute. Please see the position description for further details.

Legal Aid is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Staff Attorney, Family Unit

Staff Attorney, Public Benefits

If you’re contemplating a new job, you can find over 25 employment listings for public-interest lawyers in the August 2017 issue of the Washington Council of Lawyers Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington seeks a full-time attorney for its Hogar Immigrant Services program. Hogar Immigrant Services offers a wide range of services at little or no cost to a vulnerable immigrant population, without regard to religious or ethnic identity. Our goal is for immigrants to achieve self-sufficiency and participate fully as productive members of American society.

The Staff Attorney will prepare a wide range of immigration cases for submission to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of State, Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She/he will represent clients before the USCIS Washington District Office, Arlington Asylum Office, ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals, (BIA), including removal proceedings.

See the full announcement here.

The D.C. Access to Justice Commission has an immediate opening for a part-time attorney. This is a unique professional opportunity for an attorney who is interested in advancing access to justice for low- and moderate-income District residents on two primary projects: reporting on the legal needs of District residents and exploring national best practices in court-related projects. A successful candidate will be a self-starter with strong organizational and inter-personal skills and, preferably, a working knowledge of the District legal services network and the community it serves. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the attorney will be responsible for: (1) facilitating the completion of the Commission’s latest legal needs report; (2) providing support to the Commission on court-related projects; and (3) other Commission-related projects, as time allows.


In addition to having a law degree and relevant legal experience, the ideal candidate will have the following credentials:

  • detail-oriented and well-organized, with strong time and task management skills;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team;
  • demonstrated self-reliance and ability to work independently;
  • experience as an anti-poverty or public interest legal advocate is preferred;
  • background and comfort with assessing data a plus; and
  • demonstrated commitment to the Commission’s mission.


The Commission envisions a generally flexible schedule of about 20-25 hours per week, with some availability during regular business hours. The position is currently structured as a temporary position for 1 year, with the possibility of extension if funding becomes available. Work from home or telecommuting will be considered. Only candidates who are seriously seeking temporary, part-time employment should apply.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

To Apply: 

The Commission does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. It encourages applications from all interested persons 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.

Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should e-mail a letter of interest, a list of references, a writing sample, and a current resume to D.C. Access to Justice Commission Executive Director Nancy Drane at nancy.drane@dcaccesstojustice.org. Please write “Attorney Position” in the subject line of your e-mail. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

NCLEJ seeks energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work, experience in developing and implementing projects, and excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, to apply for fellowships that would start in September 2018, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and any other relevant fellowships such as those offered by law schools.

See their website at http://nclej.org/jobs-and-internships for links to the full announcement, and  a video and other information about past fellows.

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities through ground-breaking, successful litigation and policy work. We work nationwide with low-income individuals, grass roots organizations, and their advocates. Our current advocacy is focused on 1) fighting for the rights of low-income families for economic security; 2) expanding and enforcing employment law protections for low-income workers; 3) defeating unfair and abusive debt collection practices; and 4) using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to advance the rights of low-income people.

Bread for the City Legal Clinic seeks 3Ls or recent law graduates to sponsor as an Equal Justice Works (EJW) and Skadden Fellowship candidate for the fall 2017 application process (fellowship to begin in fall 2018).  Bread for the City is an innovative non-profit located in our nation’s capital with experience in supporting successful EJW and Skadden Fellowships.

In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Bread for the City provides comprehensive services to District residents living with low-incomes.  The services include supplemental food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services.  We recognize that all people share a common humanity and that all are responsible to themselves and to society as a whole.  Therefore, we promote the mutual collaboration of clients, volunteers, donors, staff, and other community partners to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to rectify the conditions that perpetuate it.

Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic provides free civil legal services in primarily three areas of the law: housing, family, and public benefits.  The Legal Clinic is a part of several collaborative projects to increase access to justice in the District, including court-based offices through which Bread for the City attorneys provide same-day advice and representation to litigants they meet for the first time at court at a critical point in their legal case. The Legal Clinic also has a Community Lawyering Project that aims to transform communities in a non-traditional way by working with communities to solve community-identified needs through not only legal representation but also advocacy, community education, leadership development, institution building, and organizing.

Ideal fellowship applicants include law students entering their third year or recent graduates who expect to complete a judicial clerkship in the summer of 2018.  Applicants must be self-motivated; creative; committed to social, economic, and racial justice; a strong oral communicator and writer; and able to work in a collaborative work environment.  Bread for the City will entertain projects in an issue area grounded in the areas of our legal practice for which our attorneys can provide in-house expertise and support.  The Legal Clinic has a particular interest in supporting a project that focuses on family law, public benefits, and/or supporting survivors of domestic violence.

To apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 page summary of a proposed project to Senior Staff Attorney Emily Petrino atepetrino@breadforthecity.org with “Post-Grad Fellowship 2018” in the subject line.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.