Supervising Attorney/Experienced Staff Attorney, Housing Law Unit

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1331 H Street, NW
Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Street address: 
1331 H Street, NW, Suite 350
City: 
Washington
State: 
District of Columbia
ZIP: 
20005
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Supervising Attorney or experienced Staff Attorney to support its eviction prevention work through the Civil Legal Counsel Projects 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.

Tasks and Duties

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic housing practice. We prioritize cases involving prevention of avoidable evictions, efforts to address dangerous or unhealthful housing conditions, and the preservation of affordable housing and public and assisted housing. In addition to an active litigation docket, we engage in significant efforts to address public policy issues impacting our clients’ access to and retention of safe and affordable housing. Our unit is currently staffed by three supervising attorneys, eight staff attorneys including one senior staff attorney, three “loaned associates” from law firms, and two legal assistants.

Housing attorneys work out of Legal Aid’s central office and its community office in Southeast DC. They also staff two of Legal Aid’s signature projects: our Court-Based Legal Services Project, which sites a legal services office in Landlord-Tenant Court to provide same-day representation in eviction cases, and our Housing Right to Counsel Project, which seeks to reduce eviction of low-income tenants living in subsidized housing by significantly expanding their access to legal services.

An experienced staff attorney would handle a caseload of housing cases, perform intakes, and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy, and systemic reform efforts. An experienced attorney also might assist in supervising volunteer interns and law firm loaned associates.

A Supervising Attorney would co-supervise the housing unit staff while handling an individual caseload, providing management assistance, working on policy advocacy, conducting intakes, and helping to shape the direction of Legal Aid’s housing law unit.

Requirements: 

The ideal candidate will have the following:

• Significant experience in legal services, preferably in housing law;
• Prior supervisory experience;
• Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
• The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
• A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice; and
• Bilingual skills strongly preferred but not required.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

The ideal Staff Attorney candidate will have practiced for two to three years in legal services, with a background in housing law. The ideal Supervising Attorney candidate will have significant experience in a legal services housing practice and prior supervisory experience.

To apply: 

Please submit your resume and cover letter here: https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=7. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

Notes: 
Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and 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.
Salary range: 
The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.
Expiration date: 
Monday, April 16, 2018