Job Type

Full Time


Details: DOE - based on established salary scale




11 Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 400
District of Columbia
United States


The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs seeks an experienced attorney to provide leadership to the Committee’s active docket of civil rights and economic justice litigation and policy advocacy.

About the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic, and social equity through litigation, client and public education, and public policy advocacy with a primary focus on racial justice. For the last 50 years, the Committee has been on the cutting edge of civil rights advocacy in the region bringing precedent setting litigation to address discrimination. Our work focuses on injustices in housing, employment, the criminal legal system, education, public accommodations, and civil rights of immigrants. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice.

Role of Legal Director

The Committee has an active docket of litigation in cutting edge civil rights cases involving five core areas: housing, education, criminal legal system reform (prisoners’ rights, parole, police misconduct, debtors’ prisons, and collateral consequences of convictions/confinement), employment, and public accommodations. The legal director is responsible to: 

• Work with the executive director, deputy legal directors, and other staff to develop a docket of litigation and policy initiatives to advance the Committee’s strategic priorities. 

• Supervise cases and projects. The legal director will be expected to directly supervise a portion of the docket and oversee the supervision of the balance of the docket by deputy legal directors.

• Manage all operational aspects of the legal program, including support to for grant proposal drafting and reporting and assisting in budget development. 

• Oversee the professional development of junior attorneys.

• Serve as a thought leader within the Committee, and the legal community, on civil rights law and policy.

• Outreach to and recruitment of law firm pro bono resources.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

• Passion for civil rights and racial equity advocacy.

• J.D. degree and DC Bar membership or ability to waive in to the DC Bar. Membership in Maryland and/or Virginia Bars a plus.  

Minimum of twelve years of significant litigation experience, including work on complex federal cases, preferably including trial and appellate work, and class actions.

Minimum of three years’ progressive responsibility supervising/mentoring junior attorneys.

Minimum of three years’ experience managing programs and staff.

• Effective interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.

• Experience working in/substantial familiarity with non-profit organizations preferred.

• Bilingual ability (professional fluency) preferred but not required.


Generous benefits and leave policy.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please send an email detailing your interest and a resume to: Please place “[your name] – Legal Director” in the subject line.