Bilingual Attorney Negotiator (Domestic Violence Division)

Washington, D.C
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 22, 2020
Full Time


The Domestic Violence Division Bilingual Attorney Negotiator reviews cases, interviews litigants, identifies issues, and negotiates issues related to civil protection orders, custody, visitation, financial support, child support and distribution of property, using alternative dispute resolution techniques and skills. The Bilingual Attorney Negotiator reports directly to the Director and assists in the supervision of the Domestic Violence Division.

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  • Reviews cases, interviews litigants, identifies legal issues, and negotiates and drafts proposed orders for judicial consideration including: custody, visitation, distribution of property, property damage, counseling, and child support
  • Negotiates domestic violence issues
  • Reviews calendar to determine cases available for negotiation
  • Explains the impact of laws and statues pertaining to domestic violence, criminal, civil, and domestic relations issues
  • Conducts legal research and prepares memoranda of law
  • Monitors and tracks changes in legislation that impact the domestic violence division
  • Reviews civil and criminal matters related to domestic violence cases to assist judicial officers and other stakeholders
  • Conducts training on domestic violence for employees, judicial officers, outside agencies, schools, and other interest groups

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • DC Court Policy 1060.VI. applies to this position.
  • Background and security investigation are required.
  • A probationary period of one (1) year must be successfully completed.
  • Must speak, interpret, read and write English and Spanish fluently.

To qualify for this position, the following must be submitted:
  • Resume
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of law degree or law school transcript)
  • Proof of D.C. Bar Membership
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Certification

  • All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Graduation from an accredited university or college with a law degree, admission to practice law before the Courts of the District of Columbia plus at least three (3) years of Domestic Violence practice with experience in Family Law preferred, and at least one (1) year of experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution (i.e. mediation, arbitration, negotiations, and/or case evaluation). Specific alternative dispute resolution training may substitute for one (1) year of ADR experience.

    Ability to speak, interpret, read and write Spanish and English fluently is required.

    Must submit documentation of education (copy of law degree) with your application or your application will not be considered. Must attach active bar identification number at the time your application is submitted.

    DC Court Policy 1060.VI. - Practice of Law: Judges, Magistrate Judges, law clerks, judicial administrative assistants, and non-judicial employees shall not engage in the practice of law while employed by the District of Columbia Courts. Notwithstanding this prohibition, an employee may act pro se and may, without compensation, give legal advice to and draft or review documents for a member of one's family.

    The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts' values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

    Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.


    To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

    Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment. You can verify your education here:

    Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

    Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

    All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

    Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.

    The safety of DC Court employees, contractors and the public is a top priority. In compliance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Courts has maximized its telework flexibilities. The ability and readiness for employees to telework impacts operational requirements and capabilities. This includes having a personal computer, tablet or mobile device which is not shared with secure internet connectivity.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of law degree or law school transcript)
  • Proof of D.C. Bar Membership
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Certification

  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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