The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Staff Attorney to support its robust Pro Bono Program. 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, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website, www.LegalAidDC.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.
The Staff Attorney will provide general support for Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Program. Legal Aid’s wide-ranging Pro Bono Program includes, among other things, several specialized projects with individual law firms in the District, hundreds of case referrals each year to pro bono counsel throughout the D.C. legal community, volunteer lawyers who conduct interviews with prospective clients and staff clinics, loaned associates who are embedded at Legal Aid for rotations, co-counseling arrangements, and much more.
The Staff Attorney also will be responsible for, among other things: developing familiarity with all of Legal Aid’s practice areas; building and maintaining relationships with D.C. law firms and lawyers throughout the community engaged in pro bono work; facilitating the creation of pro bono partnerships and projects; referring cases to pro bono attorneys at participating law firms and through the Federal Government Pro Bono Program; developing training materials and coordinating training opportunities for pro bono attorneys; managing data in Legal Aid’s intake and client management system; coordinating with legal services providers to facilitate case referrals; and, conducting general intake in Legal Aid’s main office in Northwest D.C. as well as its community office in Southeast.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
- Exceptional organizational, written and oral communication, and leadership skills;
- Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with Legal Aid colleagues, other legal services providers, and law firm attorneys;
- A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
- Experience in a law firm setting or in legal services, or both, preferred; and
- Proficiency or fluency in Spanish or another language a plus.
Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.
The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.
How to Apply
Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from 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. 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=10.