The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks one or more energetic and detail-oriented individuals for the position of Legal Assistant/Paralegal to provide administrative and paralegal support to its housing law practice. 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.
Legal Aid has a broad and energetic housing practice. We prioritize cases involving the prevention of an avoidable eviction, efforts to address dangerous or unhealthy housing conditions, and the preservation of affordable and subsidized housing. We also 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.
In addition to providing general administrative and paralegal support to Legal Aid’s housing law attorneys, the Legal Assistant/Paralegal also will provide support for two projects: our Eviction Defense Project, which includes 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, as well as an effort to increase access to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction through a citywide right-to-counsel initiative; and our Affordable Housing Preservation Project, which seeks to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing for low-income District residents through building-wide legal representation.
Responsibilities include performing basic clerical support, assisting in litigation, conducting investigations, meeting with clients, conducting initial applicant interviews and follow-ups, and working collaboratively and effectively with co-workers to ensure coverage of administrative and paralegal needs throughout Legal Aid’s offices, including our courthouse office in the Landlord and Tenant Branch of D.C. Superior Court. A successful candidate will want to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that often requires multi-tasking while at the same time maintaining a high level of attention to detail.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
Salary and Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.
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.