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441 4th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
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Organization name: 
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
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Position Description: 

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DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia is seeking an appellate attorney for the Family Services Division. The incumbent will have offices at both the Office of the Solicitor General and the Family Services Division.

The Family Services Division represents the District of Columbia on behalf of the Child and Family Services Agency (“CFSA”) in all aspects of child abuse and neglect matters before the Family Court of the District of Columbia. The attorney selected for this position will handle appellate briefing and oral argument before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in cases coming from the Family Services Division.

The incumbent will also assist trial attorneys within the Family Services Division in framing cases for appellate review, such as by collaborating on motions for review before the Family Court; implementing changes in the law, overseeing trial strategy that may affect subsequent appeals; providing training and guidance on appellate practice; ensuring consistency in positions taken before the Court at the Magistrate and Associate Judge level, and long-term strategic planning.

The candidate may also handle trial work before the Family Court or other duties assigned to the trial attorneys in the Family Services Division.


QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate should have the following qualifications:
* Significant litigation experience (10+ years preferred);
* Substantial knowledge of D.C. family law including child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, and adoption;
* Exceptional legal research and writing skills;
* Strong oral advocacy skills;
* Experience training staff or guiding practice; and
* A demonstrated commitment to work in the area of child welfare as well as appellate clerkship experience is preferred, but not required.

ELIGIBILITY: The successful candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good
standing of the bar of any jurisdiction. If not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the candidate must
be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of his/her initial appointment with the Office of the
Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

To apply: 

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should e-mail one PDF file which includes: 1) a cover letter (must include
the vacancy number) summarizing why you are interested and the skills and abilities you possess that
will enable you to succeed in this position; 2) résumé; 3) list of three references; and 4) a writing sample
to [email protected] by 11:59pm EST on October 17, 2017, addressed to
Arlyntha Love, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, 441 4th Street NW, Washington,
DC 20001.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017