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Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services


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Published 21 days ago

March 6, 2020
Competitive public interest salary

Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services (DRDC) is a non-profit public interest law office that serves as the federally-mandated Protection and Advocacy Program to promote the rights of people with disabilities in the District of Columbia.  DRDC advocates for the civil rights of people with disabilities to be free from abuse and neglect, discrimination and to be fully included in their community. We have litigated systemic reform cases that improved community-based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, sought to enforce the integration mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C., and improved conditions at psychiatric hospitals and community facilities, among other achievements.

We are seeking two full-time managing attorneys, one to begin as soon as possible and the other to begin in July 2020. The managing attorneys will work under the supervision of DRDC’s Legal Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Maintain an active caseload of individuals and engage in advocacy, litigation and policy initiatives that include collaborating with advocacy organizations and stakeholders. 

Work collaboratively with DRDC’s managers and staff to develop and implement agency priorities driven by litigation and advocacy strategies and resource management.

Supervise and direct the work of staff attorneys/advocates and assist with professional development of legal staff to ensure the excellence of DRDC’s legal work.

Identify litigation opportunities including systemic reform and play an active leadership role in DRDC’s litigation docket.

Work with other attorney managers and the Legal Director to supervise DRDC’s intake process.

Conduct trainings and outreach about DRDC’s work and the rights and services available to DC residents with disabilities.

Seek funding opportunities, appreciate funding requirements and restrictions, and draft reports to funders and grantors, with input from legal staff.

REQUIREMENTS:

Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and current DC Bar membership (preferred) or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar.

A minimum of 8 years’ experience practicing law, with at least 4 years of litigation experience preferably as lead counsel.

Strong analytical and leadership skills.

Exceptional oral and writing communication skills.

Demonstrated interest and commitment to enforcing and expanding the rights of people with disabilities to live integrated and meaningful lives in their community.

Experience working in the District of Columbia or with a Protection and Advocacy Program preferred.

Experience supervising legal work preferred.


DRDC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, religion, race or disability.

We value diversity of culture, disability and other life experiences, and are an equal opportunity employer by choice.


Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services (DRDC) is a non-profit public interest law office that serves as the federally-mandated Protection and Advocacy Program to promote the rights of people with disabilities in the District…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Generous benefits including employer-paid health insurance, annual/sick leave and compensatory time.

Generous benefits including employer-paid health insurance, annual/sick leave and compensatory time.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish is a plus

Fluency in Spanish is a plus

How to Apply

Please email your resume with a cover letter to Sandy Bernstein, Legal Director, at sbernstein@uls-dc.org.


 

Please email your resume with a cover letter to Sandy Bernstein, Legal Director, at sbernstein@uls-dc.org.


 

Location

220 I Street Northeast, Suite #130, Washington, DC 20002

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