Staff Attorney / Victim of Crime Act Fellow

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States



Tzedek DC is a public interest center headquartered at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.  Tzedek DC’s mission is to safeguard the legal rights of low-income DC residents dealing with often unjust, abusive, and illegal debt collection practices, as well as other consumer protection problems like credit reporting issues, identity theft, and predatory lending. Tzedek DC provides direct legal services for DC residents with debt issues, advocates for fairer policies nationally and in the District of Columbia, and conducts community-based financial literacy programs. Tzedek DC was recently recognized as “one of the best” nonprofits in the Greater Washington region in the 208-2019 edition of the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Working at Tzedek DC offers the opportunity to to help shape Tzedek DC’s Economic Exploitation and Fraud Prevention Project.  


·       Provide trauma-informed direct legal services, including performing intakes and handling a caseload, for victims of financial crimes, including those who have faced intimate partner violence in parallel with financial abuse,, identity theft or other obstacles to address the range of civil legal issues that arise from the victimization.

·        Conduct outreach and education activities, provide referrals, and leverage pro bono resources.

·        Provide crime victims’ rights enforcement.

·        Contribute to programmatic reporting.

·        This position will require travel around the District of Columbia. It will require little to no travel outside of DC.


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

·        0-3 years’ experience in direct legal services for low-income clients, and those with legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement and victim service are strongly encouraged to apply. Particular experience working with survivors of trauma is preferred as financial abuse often accompanies intimate partner violence.

·        A demonstrated commitment to public interest work, particularly for civil legal services, including but not limited to, consumer matters, debt matters, or issues relating to victims of crime, and desire to assist crime victims

·        A commitment to serving low-income clients.

·        Strong academic performance, including excellent research and writing skills

·        Strong communication (written and oral), interpersonal, and organizational skills

·        An ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors

·        An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors, but also an ability to work independently

·        Ability to begin the fellowship on or around November 1, 2018

·        Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus 

·        A combination of organizational, substantive and relationship-building skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor to thrive in a fluid environment. 

·        Spanish and/or Amharic skills preferred (but not required).

·        Admission to or eligibility to join the DC bar.




The Fellow will receive an initial annual salary in the $50,000-$52,000 range plus healthcare benefits, and eligibility to seek loan repayment assistance. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply



The application should include


1.     Cover letter

2.    Resume

3.     Name and contact information for two references

4.     A relevant and substantive writing sample of original work product of no more than         

       5 pages in length.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Application materials and any questions should be directed by email only to:

Reuben Siegman, Intake Specialist & Avodah Service Corps Fellow,

Tzedek DC,