Staff Attorney

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Job location
1627 K Street, NW
Suite 610
Washington, DC 20006
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
Street address: 
1627 K Street, NW
District of Columbia
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) located in Washington, D.C. has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney. The APALRC is a non-profit legal services organization dedicated to providing linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate legal services to the low-income Asian Pacific Islander community residing in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. The APALRC provides legal services on a wide range of legal issues including immigration, family law, housing, consumer, public benefits, employment and community development.

The APALRC is looking for an energetic attorney who is committed to advancing social justice through direct legal assistance, legal education and systemic advocacy. Working under the supervision of the Executive Director, the attorney will provide legal assistance to low-income Asian Americans with limited English proficiency in Maryland. The Staff Attorney will specialize in family and immigration law practice, and will also be expected to develop knowledge in a range of other substantive legal areas. The attorney will work with other members of the legal team to implement the overall legal services program of the APALRC.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

• 0-3 years of legal experience, preferably with a background in immigration and/or family law.
• Licensed to practice law in Maryland required. Out-of-State attorneys must be able and available to sit for the next scheduled bar examination following date of employment.
• Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and/or Virginia; or able to waive into the District of Columbia or Virginia Bar strongly preferred but not required.
• Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice advocacy
• Experience working with immigrants, low-income individuals and those with limited English proficiency strongly preferred.
• Experience working with Asian immigrant communities preferred but not required
• Fluency in an Asian language, particularly Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Hindi or Urdu strongly preferred.

To apply: 

Submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and work experience, along with a résumé, brief writing sample (5-10 pages), and three professional references to Naznin Saifi at [email protected] or by mail at Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center, 1627 K Street, NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20006 by July 15, 2016. No telephone inquiries, please.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
The attorney will be paid in accordance with the APALRC’s attorney salary scale. The APALRC offers a generous health and fringe benefits package.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, July 15, 2016