Staff Attorney, Public Benefits Unit

Legal Aid Society of DC | Flexible (DC Metro), Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC


The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks two staff attorneys for its public benefits law unit. Since 1932, Legal Aid has provided civil legal assistance to clients in individual cases and engaged in systemic reform.  Currently, we represent clients in cases involving housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. We also work on immigration matters and help individuals with the collateral consequences of their involvement with the criminal justice system. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic impact and appellate litigation. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website,, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.

Job Summary

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic public benefits law unit currently consisting of thirteen full-time attorneys and one volunteer staff attorney. The unit helps families and individuals overcome legal barriers to accessing essential safety net benefits such as Unemployment Insurance, SNAP, SSI, Social Security, TANF, Medicaid, and DC Alliance. Unit attorneys represent and advise clients in matters before federal and local agencies, including the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, and engage in systemic policy advocacy and litigation on behalf of our client community. The staff attorney will handle a caseload of public benefits matters (including ones involving access to public benefits for non-citizens) and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy, and systemic reform efforts. The attorney will be based out of Legal Aid’s main NW office but will also help staff intake hours at its community offices in SE Washington, D.C. (Note: As a result of the public health emergency, Legal Aid is currently operating remotely and, dependent on current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely and participate in remote hearings at the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings.)


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
  • Strong legal, organizational, oral and written communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with clients, Legal Aid staff, legal and social services providers in other organizations;
  • Legal experience in public benefits work and/or immigration work a plus;
  • Litigation and/or advocacy experience a plus; and
  • Fluency or proficiency 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.


Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law.  Legal Aid 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. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve.


The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s competitive attorney salary scale based on years of experience, with a starting salary of $54,756 for an entry-level attorney who has just passed the bar, followed by a salary step each year thereafter. Legal Aid offers a generous benefits package.


Resume and cover letter

How to Apply

The position is available immediately.  Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

Legal Aid Society of DC

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