Staff Attorney, Consumer Unit

Legal Aid Society of DC | Washington, DC

Background

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Staff Attorney for its Consumer Law Unit. Since 1932, Legal Aid has provided civil legal assistance to clients in individual cases and engaged in systemic reform. Currently, we provide individual representation in domestic violence/family law, housing, public benefits, consumer law and appellate matters. 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, www.LegalAidDC.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.org.

Job Summary

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic consumer law practice. We give priority to cases in which our lawyers can assist clients to preserve their limited assets, most commonly by working to avoid foreclosure and/or preserve homeownership or guarding against abusive debt collection practices. In addition to maintaining an active litigation docket, we engage in systemic policy advocacy on behalf of our client community. At full capacity, our unit is staffed by one supervising attorney, three senior staff attorneys, two staff attorneys, one volunteer staff attorney, and a legal assistant.

Consumer law attorneys work out of Legal Aid’s main office in Northwest DC, its community office in Southeast DC, and its court-based offices in DC Superior Court. The Staff Attorney will be expected to conduct initial client interviews, maintain a caseload of consumer law cases, and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy and systemic reform efforts. Among other things, the Staff Attorney would be expected to staff the Consumer Court-Based Legal Services Project focusing on debt collection actions and the Foreclosure Prevention Project, both of which provide low-income litigants with access to temporary, same-day legal representation in consumer law matters being heard in DC Superior Court. (Note: As a result of the public health emergency, Legal Aid is currently operating remotely. Depending on current circumstances, the individual hired for the position may start their employment working remotely, participate in remote hearings at DC Superior Court, and work on non-consumer law matters to meet the most urgent needs of our client community during the pandemic.)

Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, oral and written communication, and leadership skills;
  • Experience in legal services, preferably with a background in consumer law;
  • The ability to work collaboratively; 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.

Qualifications

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law.  Legal Aid 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.

Compensation

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 competitive benefits package.

Requirements/Other

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.  https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=50

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