The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Staff Attorney for its Housing Law Unit. 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 and largest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of direct representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. 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 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 give priority to cases that involve the prevention of an avoidable eviction, efforts to address dangerous or unhealthy housing conditions, and the preservation of affordable and subsidized housing. In addition to an active litigation docket, we engage in significant efforts to address issues of public policy. Our unit is staffed by four supervising attorneys, eleven staff attorneys, a senior project attorney, a Skadden fellow, three “loaned associates” from law firms, three legal assistants, and a case manager.
Housing attorneys work at Legal Aid’s central office and its community office in Southeast DC. Attorneys also work on two projects: our Housing Preservation Project, which sites a legal services office in the Landlord and Tenant Branch of D.C. Superior Court to provide same-day and extended representation to low-income tenants facing eviction; and our Housing Justice Advocacy Project, which seeks to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing for low-income District residents through building-wide legal representation.
A Staff Attorney would be expected to handle a caseload of housing cases, including eviction defense and building-wide affordable housing preservation matters, as well as housing conditions cases, voucher termination cases, and other housing matters; 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.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
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.
Salary and Benefits
The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.
Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and 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.
Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.