Legal Counsel for the Elderly is expanding our Legal Hotline and adding a full-time attorney to our team.  Please note that this job requires 4 years of legal experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.  Non-DC Barred applicants must be eligible to waive in.
You must apply via the AARP website, which you’ll find here (along with the job description): http://careers.aarp.org/ShowJob/Id/1369819/Legal-Aid-Attorney-Hotline/

Please be sure to include a cover letter, which you must combine it into a single document with your resume before uploading.

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NLSP attorney opening

September 15, 2017

Neighborhood Legal Services Program of the District of Columbia has an immediate opening for an experienced attorney to oversee its “Private Attorney Involvement” program and to manage all of the firm’s pro bono initiatives and partnerships.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) is a federally-funded, non-profit, civil legal aid law firm that provides free legal information, advice and representation to low-income District of Columbia residents.  We help with problems involving housing, family, domestic violence, public benefits and barriers to employment. We also provide advice on some consumer issues and assist with preparing wills and advance directives.  Volunteers play a critical role in helping us to provide access to counsel and justice.  Our neighborhood-based, service delivery model — which includes three offices in Wards 5, 7 and 8 — allows us to bring volunteers into low-income communities across the city to provide legal help while they learn first-hand the myriad, daily challenges faced by residents living in poverty.

The Pro Bono Counsel is the senior attorney in the firm who is responsible for identifying and managing the rich range of pro bono resources that are generously provided to the firm by members of the private bar, government attorneys, law school students, in-house legal departments and paralegal programs in the District of Columbia.  The Pro Bono Counsel serves as a member of the firm’s Senior Management Team, reports directly to the Executive Director and is actively involved in firm management including setting case acceptance priorities, attorney hiring, budgeting, development and long-term, strategic planning.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for managing the firm’s “Private Attorney Involvement” program (45 C.F.R § 1614) which was designed to ensure that recipients of federal, Legal Services Corporation grants involve private attorneys in the delivery of legal assistance to eligible clients.
  • Develop and manage relationships with private law firms, in-house counsel, government attorneys and law schools to identify and recruit potential volunteer attorneys and law students.
  • Collaborate closely with the firm’s Managing Attorneys to identify opportunities to innovatively involve volunteers in the firm’s work and to better support their existing practices.
  • Deliver trainings and, as-needed, directly supervise the legal work of the pro bono attorneys.  Design all operational controls, training materials, and administrative processes used to track, monitor and coordinate pro bono legal work.
  • Partner with the Executive Director and Development Manager to provide funders and other stakeholders with statistical analyses and other data related to the firm’s use of volunteers as part of the firm’s development initiatives and grant-reporting responsibilities.
  • Build and maintain relationships and partnerships with community-based organizations, government agencies, and other entities that serve the District’s low-income community to raise awareness about NLSP’s services and to foster collaborations to better address the needs of our shared client community.
  • Work closely with NLSP’s Litigation and Advocacy Director to promote community engagement strategies and use of volunteers in a manner that furthers NLSP’s overall advocacy goals and strengthens its capacity to serve clients.
  • Identify opportunities for NLSP to join local and national conversations around poverty, removing barriers to access to justice, challenges facing the District’s low-income residents and the use of volunteers to deliver legal services.
  • Actively participate in the District’s growing community of pro bono professionals.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be an active member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible to seek admission.
  • At least 5 years of legal experience with preference shown to candidates with experience supervising attorneys in a litigation setting.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to pro bono legal service; experience lawyering in the public interest; and a familiarity with the local, legal services community.
  • Must be an active member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible to immediately seek admission.

COMPENSATION

Competitive salary and benefits package including: employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; employer-subsidized family health coverage; paid vacation, holidays, personal days and sick leave; 8-week parental leave for birth or adoption of a child; employer-paid life and long-term disability insurance; 403(b) Thrift Plan (voluntary retirement savings program); and tax-free transit benefits.

ABOUT NLSP

Established in 1964, NLSP pioneered the concept of a law office rooted in the neighborhoods that it serves and established landmark precedents which have retained their vitality and relevance. NLSP remains embedded in D.C.’s most low-income communities, builds its work on strong partnerships with community-based organizations, and seeks to achieve lasting change for its clients and their communities by using a full range of advocacy tools. Its diverse, multi-lingual and passionate staff embrace an explicitly anti-poverty mission and share a deep commitment to securing meaningful access to justice.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application deadline line is September 24, 2017.  Interested persons should submit a current resume and a cover letter (no longer than one page single-spaced) expressing your qualifications and interest in this position. Submit all requested documents to Karen Newton Cole, Executive Director at  KNewtonCole@nlsp.org or by mail to Neighborhood Legal Services Program, 64 New York Avenue NE, Washington D.C. 20002, Attn: Karen Newton Cole, Executive Director.

Questions about the position or application process should be directed to Karen Newton Cole, Executive Director at  KNewtonCole@nlsp.org.

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.

Qualifications: 

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.

Hours:

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:

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.