Nonprofit

Supervising Attorney, Consumer Law Unit

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
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Published 6 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Start Date
August 5, 2024
Application Deadline
June 28, 2024
Education
J.D. Required
Salary
At least USD $101,812 / year
Starting salary is for 5 years relevant experience

Description

Legal Aid DC seeks an experienced Supervising 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

The Supervising Attorney will be one of two co-supervisors providing overall leadership and vision for Legal Aid’s consumer law practice. The Supervising Attorney will report to the Legal Director for the Direct Legal Services Program.  

Responsibilities:  

Supervising Attorney and Professional Support Staff 

  • Supervise and guide unit attorneys at regular case review meetings; provide feedback to supervisees on case strategy, filings, and other work product. May also supervise non-attorney staff, including unit legal assistant and/or unit intake specialist. 
  • Participate in performance evaluations; support supervisees’ professional development by working to identify strengths, areas for growth and improvement, and goals. 
  • Perform administrative and management functions necessary for supervision and organizational operations, including reviewing leave requests and timekeeping, and ensuring attorneys follow proper policies relating to case management and recordkeeping. 
  • Support supervisees in meeting case handling expectations while providing high quality legal services. 

Leadership and Management of the Unit 

  • Review and assign new cases; convene regular unit meetings; identify or lead training opportunities; create uniform systems and polices for the unit. 
  • Oversee court-based legal services projects focused on providing assistance to low-income litigants with foreclosure and debt collection cases in DC Superior Court. 
  • Maintain a modest caseload of consumer law matters for direct representation, either as sole counsel or co-counsel. 
  • Engage with leaders at DC Superior Court and relevant DC agencies to promote access to justice and the effective implementation of laws and programs impacting Legal Aid’s consumer client community. 
  • In collaboration with Legal Aid’s Development Unit, draft grant applications and reports relating to funding sources that support the unit’s work. 
  • Together with the Policy unit, identify and advance policy goals to address systemic issues impacting low-income District consumers through legislative and other reform. 
  • Work with Legal Aid’s Barbara McDowell Appellate Project to monitor for and participate in appellate cases with potential impact on the unit’s priority issues.  

Leadership of the Organization 

  • Supervise intake and conflict clearance. 
  • Consider the impact of proposed organization-wide policies or actions on the Consumer Law Unit, as well as the impact on the entire organization. 
  • Participate in organization-wide discussions and initiatives. 

People & Culture 

  • Actively participate as part of team of Supervisors and Project Directors in crafting and advancing organizational initiatives. 
  • Help to foster and reflect an inclusive organizational culture. 

Required Skills and Experience: 

Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required. Candidates for the Supervising Attorney position should have the following:  

  • A minimum of five years of experience in legal services, preferably in consumer law. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice. 
  • Significant litigation experience. 
  • The ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects and organizational responsibilities. 
  • The ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with clients, staff, partner organizations, pro bono attorneys, the judiciary, and members of local legal services and advocacy coalitions. 
  • Ability to work skillfully, both independently and collaboratively with teams. 
  • Experience managing or supervising attorneys preferred. 
  • Proficiency or fluency in a language spoken by our client community, other than English, would be a positive factor.  

Salary and Benefits: 

The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s Supervisor policy based on years of relevant full-time experience. Lateral hires will receive credit for years of relevant work experience. Starting salaries are as follows: 

  • Supervising attorney with five years of relevant experience: $101,812 
  • Supervising attorney with seven years of relevant experience: $107,641 
  • Supervising attorney with nine years of relevant experience: $113,473 

Legal Aid generally provides two salary increases per year: a cost-of-living increase at the beginning of the year and a step increase in July. 

Legal Aid offers a generous benefits package including fully paid health insurance for the employee, annual retirement match, 12 paid holidays, 20 days of annual leave per year and 15 days of sick leave per year.   

To Apply:  

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. 

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. This position has a closing date of June 28, 2024. No emails or phone calls, please. 

Legal Aid DC seeks an experienced Supervising 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…

Benefits

Legal Aid generally provides two salary increases per year: a cost-of-living increase at the beginning of the year and a step increase in July. 

Legal Aid offers a generous benefits package including fully paid health insurance for the employee, annual retirement match, 12 paid holidays, 20 days of annual leave per year and 15 days of sick leave per year.  

Legal Aid generally provides two salary increases per year: a cost-of-living increase at the beginning of the year and a step increase in July. 

Legal Aid offers a generous benefits…

Location

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
1331 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States
Suite 350

How to Apply

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. 

Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should submit a letter of interest and resume here: https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/careers/149?source=aWQ9OQ%3D%3D. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. This position has a closing date of June 28, 2024. No emails or phone calls, please. 

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons from diverse backgrounds of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin…

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