Staff Attorney, Consumer Law Unit

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

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Staff Attorney for its Consumer Law Unit. Since 1932, Legal Aid has provided civil legal assistance to clients in individual cases and engaged in systemic reform. Currently, we provide individual representation in consumer law, domestic violence/family law, housing, public benefits, and appellate matters. 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 impact and appellate litigation.  

 

Legal Aid believes that meaningful pursuit of our anti-poverty mission requires an unwavering commitment to racial justice and equity. We aspire both to reflect the rich racial diversity of the communities we serve and to value, respect, and empower our staff and clients to be effective agents of change. 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 consumer law practice. We give priority to cases that involve the prevention of avoidable foreclosures and loss of equity, the preservation of generational homeownership, or addressing legal problems relating to debt, including protecting against unfair debt collection practices. In addition to maintaining an active litigation docket, we engage in systemic policy advocacy on behalf of our client community. Our unit is currently staffed by two supervising attorneys, three senior staff attorneys, one staff attorney, one fellow, one volunteer staff attorney, and two legal assistants.  

 

When the courts and our offices are not operating remotely, the staff in our Consumer Law Unit work at Legal Aid’s central office, its community office in Southeast DC, and our court-based offices in D.C. Superior Court. The Staff Attorney will be expected to conduct initial client interviews, maintain a caseload of consumer law cases, and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy, and systemic reform efforts. Among other things, the Staff Attorney would be expected to staff the Consumer Court-Based Legal Services Project focusing on debt collection actions and the Foreclosure Prevention Project, both of which provide low-income litigants with access to free legal assistance in consumer law matters being heard in DC Superior Court. Note: Legal Aid is currently operating remotely, but has a hybrid work plan scheduled to take effect in June 2022. Based on this plan, some in-person work will be required starting on August 1, 2022.

 

Qualifications 

 

The ideal candidate will have the following: 

 

  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice; 
  • Strong litigation, organizational, oral and written communication, and leadership skills; 
  • Experience in legal services, preferably with a background in consumer law or real property law; 
  • The ability to work collaboratively; and 
  • Bilingual fluency in Spanish, Amharic, or another language prevalent in Legal Aid’s client community strongly preferred. 

 

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 salary scale based on years of experience, with a starting salary of $58,365 for an entry-level attorney who has just passed the bar, followed by a salary step each year thereafter. Generous benefits package includes fully paid health insurance (for the employee), annual discretionary retirement match, 12 paid holidays, three personal days and generous annual and sick leave allotments starting at 15 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave per year.

 

To Apply  

 

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 legal system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should submit a letter of interest and resume here. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled. No emails or phone calls, please.

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Consumer
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time