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D.C. BAR PRO BONO CENTER-HOUSING ATTORNEY

Company name

DC Bar

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Feb 23, 2020

Posted on

Jan 22, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required

Location

Washington, DC, United States

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Public Interest Law >> Public Interest Law
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The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center has an opening for a Housing Attorney to help staff our growing housing law practice.  The primary role of this position is to staff the D.C. Right to Housing Initiative (Initiative), including the Housing Right to Counsel Project.  This attorney is the primary staff person on the Initiative that works to plan and administer legal clinics and other projects for the Pro Bono Center to deliver pro bono legal information, advice and representation to low-income individuals in the District of Columbia. This position reports to the Managing Attorney (MA) who oversees the housing law practice.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Works to recruit and mobilize pro bono attorneys to participate in the Initiative, including the Housing Right to Counsel Project, to represent low-income tenants facing eviction in the District of Columbia.  Works in close collaboration and partnership with the other legal services providers on the Initiative.
  2. In collaboration with project partners, delivers subsidized housing trainings to attorneys and legal assistants participating in the Initiative.  Develops, selects and compiles training and other resource materials.
  3. Collaborates with other Managing Attorneys to support the Advocacy & Justice Clinic, including review of housing intakes, placement of housing cases with pro bono counsel, mentorship and support of pro bono attorneys and tracking of cases.
  4. Works with the MA and others to plan and administer housing law activities and may include some work in other practice areas, such as consumer and/or bankruptcy law.
  5. Works with the MA and others on housing grant proposals and maintaining grant compliance.
  6. Works as part of the team to plan and administer all aspects of programs for the delivery of pro bono and pro se legal services to individuals, including at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center, Consumer Law Resource Center, Housing Pro Bono Attorney of the Day Project, and Advice & Referral Clinic to include:
  7. Providing on-site supervision and substantive support to volunteers.
  8. Providing all aspects of administration and operation of clinic programs, including quality control.
  9. Formulating scope of legal problems to be covered.
  10. Helping design and implement service delivery models to address unmet legal needs.
  11. Planning and directing volunteer trainings, preparing training materials and recruiting trainers.
  12. Providing support for intake and screening and selecting cases for placement.
  13. Recruiting mentors and serving as a resource for volunteer attorneys.
  14. Monitoring volunteer caseloads and development of periodic progress reports.

Evaluating effectiveness and continued relevance of each delivery model.

  1. Plans and administers pro se assistance activities, including developing pro se material, using technology to deliver services and serving as a resource on issues related to other delivery models.
  2. Staffs and provides legal support to Pro Bono Center committees to identify emerging issues, develops recommendations and designs and implements new programs and projects to address those needs.
  3. Serves as convener and resource for pro bono and public interest advocates.
  4. Helps recruit volunteer attorneys and law firms to participate in projects and provide pro bono legal services through the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center and other legal services providers.
  5. Provides substantive guidance and training in poverty law areas to volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals and staff assisting with pro bono projects.  Oversees the work of volunteers, paralegals, law students and interns.
  6. Provides substantive and programmatic support for clinics and special projects as emerging needs of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center require.
  7. Represents the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center with the court, administrative agencies, other legal services providers and community-based organizations.
  8. Assists in the drafting and development of proposals, budgets and other fundraising materials.  Drafts reports, articles, memoranda, publications and resource materials.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1.   A J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school.  A minimum of at least two years related professional work experience in positions of increasing responsibility, including experience handling housing matters.  Experience with other areas of the law including consumer, bankruptcy, and/or probate is a plus. Experience with a legal services organization that provides legal services to indigent individuals preferred.

2. An active member of the D.C. Bar.

3. Experience working with volunteers preferred.

4. Strong written and verbal communication skills.

5. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

6. Ability to work well with Bar officers, Communities volunteers, other staff, and the public and with minimal supervision.

7. Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.

Company info

DC Bar

Company Profile

Who We Are Enhance access to justice. Improve the legal system. Empower lawyers to achieve. These three pillars have remained the foundation of the D.C. Bar’s mission since its creation by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 1972. Today the Bar stands as the largest unified bar in the United States, providing the oversight structure needed to maintain the profession’s ethical standards and Rules of Professional Conduct. Our membership is diverse with about 100,000 members in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. The organization is governed by a Board of Governors, led by Susan Hoffman, the Bar’s 48th president. The leaders work together to achieve goals set out in the D.C. Bar’s strategic plan.

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