Clinical Legal Education Association

DC Law Students in Court is Hiring a Civil Supervising Attorney

06 Nov 2017 12:47 PM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

DC LAW STUDENTS IN COURT (LSIC) invites applications for a full-time Housing Law Attorney to begin immediately. The Attorney will be responsible for legal representation of low-income residents of Washington, DC in landlord and tenant disputes and housing related cases.

About DC Law Students in Court:

Created in 1969, LSIC is the oldest and one of the most highly regarded clinical programs in the city. LSIC is a nonprofit public interest law firm and clinical education program that draws students from area law schools in Washington, DC. Since our founding, LSIC has trained law students to provide free, high-quality legal services to the District’s low-income community. We are on a mission to empower individuals to stand up against injustice and inspire the next generation of social justice advocates.

LSIC embraces diversity as a core value. We recognize that our success as an organization depends on creating and maintaining a diverse team of talented professionals, and we are committed to a workplace that reflects and supports diverse individual backgrounds and perspectives. Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and non-discrimination includes race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, personal appearance, genetic information, political affiliation, marital status, family responsibilities, disability and status as a veteran, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws or regulation. We strive to have a workplace that is comfortable and welcoming for everyone.

Position Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include: 1) Building relationships with community and tenant groups and providing regular presentations on tenant rights, and landlord-tenant law and procedure; 2) Providing leadership, staffing, and support for staff attorney-centered initiatives that increase LSIC’s ability to understand and improve the quality of LSIC services; 3) Developing and maintaining effective time-management and organizational skills in manner that allows adequate time to track and abide by deadlines, prepare cases, complete administrative paperwork and time sheets, and respect co-workers’ time constraints; 4) Conducting client intake at DC Superior Court one to two days per week; 5) Coordinating intake with present LSIC staff and other court-based legal service providers; 6) Zealously and competently executing all phases of client advocacy so as to reach the best result possible for the client under the circumstances of the case; 7) Behaving in a professional manner so as to uphold the integrity and enhance the professional reputation of the attorney and the office; 8) completing administrative and other clinic work such as recruiting students and training and mentoring pro bono attorneys. Related duties include participating in weekly case acceptance conferences, attending staff meetings, participating in agency fundraising and development opportunities and events, overseeing the accurate and complete input of data in the office’s case management system, and providing input and comment regarding student grades.

Qualification Requirements:

The Staff/Housing Law Attorney must be a member of the D.C. Bar, have prior litigation experience, excellent communication skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, ability to work in a fast-paced litigation environment and have a desire to serve the community. Preferred qualifications include Spanish language skills, housing or consumer litigation experience, and prior legal services experience. LSIC alumni are encouraged to apply.

Accountability: Reports to the Civil Director

Hours and Salary: This is a full-time position based on a 40 hour work week. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: We offer an excellent benefits package for this full-time position including employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous accrued sick leave, annual leave, and personal leave and paid federal holidays.

To Apply: Each candidate should submit a cover letter and resume by email to Trevor Osterhaus, Business & Operations Manager, tosterhaus@dclawstudents.org. Please indicate “Staff Attorney, [your full name] and [your favorite U.S. Supreme Court case]” in the subject of the email.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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