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ProfileLitigation And Advocacy Director Duties: Serves as the chief lawyer for the firm and is responsible for overseeing all of the legal work of a team of 15-20 staff attorneys, post-graduate fellows and loaned associates. In addition to the firm’s traditional practice areas, NLSP also has recently launched, two new highly-specialized and successful practices focused on jobseekers and veterans. Serves as the firm’s chief lawyer and oversees all of the direct, legal services work of the firm at the trial and appellate level, including all affirmative and impact litigation. NLSP’s service delivery model is anchored in a walk-in/telephone, neighborhood-based intake system that results in community members receiving referrals, legal information, brief services and/or extended service representation. Our multiple, intake sites include three library-based clinics and a monthly clinic at the VA Medical Center. Directly supervises the day-to-day legal work of the staff attorneys, post-graduate fellows and loaned associates in the firm’s public benefits, veterans, and consumer law practices. May also directly represent clients and/or co-counsel matters with attorneys. Identify, shape and guide NLSP’s broad-based, high-impact advocacy efforts. Play leadership role in developing and implementing litigation skills and substantive training programs. Ensure adherence to program and case handling standards, funder requirements and the highest, professional standards. Collaborate closely with other legal services providers locally and nationally to identify opportunities to better serve our shared, client community and to pursue, shared advocacy goals. Serve as a resource on professional responsibility and ethical issues for attorneys. Establish and implement firm program policies relating to legal work. Work closely with Pro Bono counsel to promote community engagement strategies and use of volunteers in a manner that furthers overall advocacy goals and strengthens its capacity to serve clients.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: Must be an active member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible to immediately seek admission. 8+ years of legal services experience with preference shown to candidates with substantial litigation experience in Housing, Family or Consumer Law. Must also have experience supervising attorneys in a litigation setting. Experience with complex litigation (state and/or federal) and appellate advocacy desirable. Demonstrated commitment to lawyering in the public interest and a familiarity with the local, legal services community. An experienced, legal services litigator with a strong track-record of training, mentoring and supervising junior attorneys in a dynamic law firm environment.
Send a current resume and a cover letter (no longer than one page single-spaced) expressing your qualifications and interest in this position, two writing samples (no longer than 10 pages), and contact information for three professional references.
Karen Newton Cole
Neighborhood Legal Services Program
680 Rhode Island Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002