ATTORNEY- EVICTION DEFENSE

Job Type

Full Time

Published

06/07/2018

Address

Washington
District of Columbia
United States

Description

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has an opening for an Attorney for its Eviction Defense Practice. This position serves as an “Attorney of the Day” (AOD) in the Landlord Tenant Branch and provides legal representation to qualifying, low-income tenants.  


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


1. Provides legal services at D.C. Superior Court on weekdays, defending indigent tenants against complaints for possession of real property, and providing legal advice and counsel in housing-related matters.  


2. Engages in same day representation for tenants the attorney meets for the first time at a vital point in their eviction suit and provides extended representation for appropriate matters. 


3. Supervises volunteer attorneys at the Pro Bono Center’s Landlord Tenant Resource Center (LTRC) and assists in managing the LTRC. 


4. Designs and implements an AOD Pro Bono Program for pro bono attorneys to provide AOD services at the Landlord Tenant Branch. 


5. Refers appropriate matters to the Pro Bono Center’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic as well as other area legal services providers.  


6. Provides support to the Housing Right to Counsel project and provides interim, limited representation to tenants who are awaiting placement with counsel. 


7. Collaborates with various other Pro Bono Center clinics and projects involving housing matters. 


8. Provides substantive guidance, mentoring, and training in housing law to volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and staff.


9. Organizes and facilitates trainings and outreach for eviction defense matters.  


10. Assists in the preparation of reports for internal reporting and grant reporting. Drafts forms, pleadings, reports, correspondence, notices and other documents.


11. Updates material for self-represented litigants and responds to and maintains records of requests for materials or information.


12. Assists with facilitating improvements in the Pro Bono Center’s case management system.


OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


1. Performs other duties as assigned.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


1. A J.D. from an ABA accredited law school. A minimum of at least two years related professional work experience in positions of increasing responsibility, including experience litigating housing related matters.


2. Must be a member of the District of Columbia Bar in good standing.


3. Substantive experience with D.C. housing law and litigation experience required.


4. Experience with a legal services organization that provides legal services to indigent individuals preferred. Experience with other areas of the law including consumer, bankruptcy, and/or probate is a plus.


5. Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365. 


6. Must have excellent interpersonal and managerial skills. Must work well in a team environment and be able to interact with clients, the public, Bar members, volunteers, and staff.


7. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. 


8. Excellent organizational and oral and written communication skills; must be adaptable, creative and self-motivated, and must be able to work with minimal supervision. 


9. Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:


This is a 2-year grant-funded position. Continued employment may be impacted by continued grant funding. 


This is an exempt position. Starting salary is commensurate with experience; the DC Bar has an excellent benefits package.


This is not an attempt to list all the essential functions of this position. It is recognized that job duties may change over time, as the Pro Bono Center’s needs change.


The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Benefits

This is an exempt position. Starting salary is commensurate with experience; the DC Bar has an excellent benefits package.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=bad4b6e6-1272-437f-945c-31c2bbefc978

Interested individuals must upload a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to: 


https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=bad4b6e6-1272-437f-945c-31c2bbefc978


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