Policy Attorney/Policy Advocate

Policy · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Policy
Employment Type Full-Time

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Policy Attorney/Policy Advocate to help us advance our systemic policy advocacy agenda on behalf of our client community. Since 1932, Legal Aid has provided civil legal assistance to clients in individual cases and engaged in systemic reform.  Currently, we represent clients in cases involving housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. We also work on immigration law 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 impact and appellate litigation. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website, www.legalaiddc.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.


Tasks and Duties


The Policy Advocate will work closely with Legal Aid’s Director of Policy Advocacy, and all of our staff to coordinate and advance our substantive policy advocacy agenda across a broad range of issues that affect people living in poverty. A special emphasis will be placed on using law and policy to advance racial justice and equity in the District of Columbia. This is non-case handling position that will focus primarily on legislative and administrative advocacy, although certain court reform and public policy reform efforts may be included as well.  Responsibilities will include legal and factual research, legislative analysis and drafting, data collection and analysis, coalition work, preparation of public testimony and other written advocacy materials, communicating and maintaining relationships with policymakers and legislative/agency staff, coordinating and organizing campaigns for systemic change, and conducting initial applicant interviews.  The Policy Attorney/Policy Advocate will also work to build Legal Aid’s advocacy capacity by offering training and technical assistance to Legal Aid attorneys and staff engaged in policy advocacy, and to build the capacity of members of Legal Aid’s client community to advocate for policy change by coordinating community outreach and offering training and technical assistance tailored for community members. (Note: As a result of the public health emergency, Legal Aid is currently operating remotely and, depending on current circumstances, the individual hired for the position may start their employment working remotely.)




The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
  • A J.D., Masters in Public Policy, or equivalent degree in a relevant field;
  • Exceptional organizational, oral and written communication, and leadership skills;
  • Enthusiasm and ability to plan for and execute short- and long-term projects;
  • Patience, attention to detail, and an ability to multitask;
  • Strong legal, policy, and oral advocacy and analytic skills;
  • The ability to work effectively and collaboratively with Legal Aid colleagues, other advocates and legal services providers, legislative and public agency staff, and members of our client community;
  • Legal services and/or policy advocacy and legislative experience preferred; and
  • Fluency or proficiency in Spanish, Amharic, or another language prevalent in Legal Aid’s client community strongly preferred, but not required.


Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law.  Legal Aid 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.


Salary and Benefits


The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s competitive attorney salary scale based on years of experience, with a starting salary of $54,756 for an entry-level attorney who has just passed the bar, followed by a salary step each year thereafter. Legal Aid offers a generous benefits package.


To Apply


The position is available immediately.  Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled. 

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