Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,864
Maximum: $82,087




3724 National Drive, Suite 100
North Carolina
United States


Disability Rights NC seeks an attorney licensed to practice in NC or eligible and willing to take the next bar exam with zero to five years' experience to work on the Education Team, representing the interests of students with disabilities in grades preK - 12. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated commitment to public interest law and protecting the rights of people with disabilities, ability and willingness to seek and implement systemic change through legal and policy channels, and a strong work ethic. Experience representing students in special education and discipline matters a plus but not required. 

General Summary: Represents clients in individual cases in addition to participating in larger “systems change” complex litigation. Engages in advocacy with state officials and agency staff on a wide range of issues affecting individuals with disabilities. Provides supervision, consultation, and advice to advocacy and paralegal staff.


Disability Rights NC attorneys develop and maintain expertise in complex and overlapping areas of law specific to the protection and advancement of the rights of individuals with disabilities.


Demonstrates the following core values: relentless pursuit of results, respect and humility, personal responsibility, positive outlook, problem solving, communication, organization, and effective internal and external relationships.


Essential functions (with or without accommodations):    

  1. Practice law in the State of North Carolina
  2. Travel, including overnight
  3. Interact with people with disabilities
  4. Engage appropriately with others, both internally and externally
  5. Work collaboratively, collegially, and cooperatively across teams, units, and departments
  6. Occasionally work long hours and/or weekends
  7. Record data into the agency’s database
  8. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  9. Conduct research and analyses of pertinent legal authority


Job Duties:

  • Ensures effective advocacy and high quality representation of people with disabilities
  • Represents individual clients consistent with Disability Rights NC’s annual targets and selection criteria including the development and implementation of all phases of case strategies and activities including negotiation, mediation, representation in administrative proceedings, and systemic advocacy and litigation
  • Provides advice and assistance to Disability Rights NC’s clients, including writing letters and memoranda and drafting pleadings on behalf of Disability Rights NC’s clients
  • Analyzes fact patterns and issues raised by callers and presented by Intake staff and provides information/assistance/referral as appropriate
  • Analyzes and interprets federal and state laws, rulings and regulations to stay abreast of legal developments in disability law, and other related law/ethical fields
  • Analyzes statutes, regulations, and agency policies/procedures and drafts analysis and comment, as appropriate, in collaboration with DRNC policy staff
  • Provides technical assistance to attorneys and advocates regarding the rights of individuals with disabilities, including but not limited to substantial assistance to pro bono attorneys
  • Assists in the planning and development of Disability Rights NC’s program priorities and develops work plans, as assigned
  • Prepares and reviews reports, amicus briefs, articles and special projects, drafts legislation and proposed regulations, as assigned
  • Prepares written materials and conducts activities for the education and training of consumers, coalition partners, professionals, Disability Rights NC staff, members of the public, and others consistent with Disability Rights NC’s annual targets
  • Cultivates, develops and maintains relationships with subject area professionals and advocates, including state officials and agency staff, providers, advocacy organizations, pro bono attorneys, and community advocates
  • Represents Disability Rights NC at coalition meetings, public hearings, stakeholder groups, and/or task forces
  • Mentors interns and paralegals
  • Collaborates with and supports the work of other staff members, including sharing expertise in substantive areas
  • Monitors institutions and other service providers, agencies, or settings, as required
  • Compiles information and prepares program activity reports for funding sources, and assists in grant writing and administration when requested
  • Collaborates with other staff in the development of systemic activities as appropriate
  • Maintains complete and accurate records in Disability Rights NC’s case management system consistent with agency policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties, as requested


Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.



  • Licensed to practice law in North Carolina or eligible and willing to take the next bar exam
  • Zero to five years’ experience practicing law
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and protecting the rights of people with disabilities
  • Ability and willingness to seek and implement systemic change through legal and policy channels
  • Strong work ethic
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize complex tasks



Disability Rights North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, NC. Its team of attorneys, advocates, paralegals and support staff provide advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across North Carolina.


As the state’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system, Disability Rights North Carolina is charged with protecting the rights of children and adults with disabilities living in North Carolina.


Disability Rights NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment with regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. 



Compensation Package that is competitive with other non-profits: The attorney salary range is $40,864 - $82,087, based on years of experience. Disability Rights NC also offers excellent benefits which include health, dental, vision, generous paid time off, life insurance, and more.   

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Send a detailed letter of interest explaining your qualifications and interest in the position and resume to Include Education Staff Attorney in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Open until filled.