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Legal Aid Society Of DC

Supervising Attorney or Staff Attorney, Public Benefits Law Unit

Public Benefits – Washington, District of Columbia
Department Public Benefits
Employment Type Full Time

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Supervising Attorney or Staff Attorney for its public benefits 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 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,, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.

Tasks and Duties

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic public benefits practice. The public benefits law unit helps families and individuals who have been denied, terminated from, or had reduced essential safety net benefits such as Food Stamps (or SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, and DC Alliance. Our public benefits attorneys represent and advise clients in matters before federal and local agencies, including the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, and engage in systemic advocacy on behalf of our client community.

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

A Staff Attorney would handle a caseload of public benefits cases (including ones involving access to public benefits for non-citizens), conduct intake, and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy, and systemic reform efforts. He/she will be based out of Legal Aid’s main NW office but will also help staff intake at its community offices in SE Washington, D.C. and/or at community-based organizations that serve immigrants.


The ideal candidate for either position will have the following:

  • Strong legal, organizational, oral and written communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with Legal Aid staff, legal and social services providers in other organizations and representatives of federal and District government agencies;
  • Legal experience in public benefits work and/or immigration work a plus;
  • Litigation experience a plus;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice; and
  • Bilingual Spanish skills strongly preferred but not required.

The ideal Supervising Attorney candidate will also have significant experience in legal services, preferably in public benefits law, and prior supervisory experience.

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

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.

To Apply

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. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled. 

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Public Benefits
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
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