Staff Attorney, Eviction Defense

District of Columbia Bar
Washington, DC
Nov 25, 2021
Nov 29, 2021
Full Time
The Staff Attorney provides legal representation to qualifying, low-income DC tenants under the Pro Bono Center's (PBC) Eviction Defense Program. The Staff Attorney also provides general support to the PBC housing programs.ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES* Provides legal services at DC Superior Court (or remotely) on weekdays, defending indigent tenants against complaints for possession of real property and providing legal advice and counsel in housing-related matters. * Engages in same day representation of tenants and provides extended representation for appropriate matters.* Supervises volunteer attorneys at the Landlord Tenant Resource Center (LTRC) and helps manage the LTRC.* Designs and implements an Attorney of the Day (AOD) program for pro bono attorneys to provide AOD services in the Landlord Tenant Branch.* Refers appropriate matters to the PBC's Advocacy & Justice Clinic as well as other area legal services providers. * Supports the Housing Right to Counsel project and the Advocacy & Justice Clinic, providing interim, limited representation to tenants who are awaiting placement with counsel.* Mentors pro bono attorneys who take landlord tenant cases through the Advocacy & Justice Clinic.* Collaborates with other PBC clinics, including staffing and mentoring at the Advice & Referral Clinic.* Guides, mentors and trains volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals, and staff in housing law matters.* Represents the PBC in meetings/initiatives with the DC Superior Court, law firms, legal services providers, and other community partners.* Organizes and facilitates outreach trainings for eviction defense matters. * Conducts 'Know Your Rights' presentations for District of Columbia tenants.* Prepare reports for internal and grant reporting.* Updates material for self-represented litigants and responds to and maintains records of requests for materials and information.* Makes recommendations for process improvements in the case management system and on the website.* Performs other duties as assigned.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS* JD from an ABA accredited law school.* An active member of the DC Bar, or eligible for immediate waiver into the DC Bar.* Related professional work experience, including experience litigating housing-related matters in DC or in a comparable jurisdiction.* Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.* Ability to work evenings and weekends for a variety of Pro Bono Center clinics and events.* Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365.* Excellent oral and written communication skills.* Must be detail oriented and deadline driven. Able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment.* Excellent interpersonal and customer skills. Must work well in a team environment and be able to interact with Bar members, volunteers, vendors, the public and Pro Bono Center and Bar employees.* Must work well under pressure, possess excellent organizational abilities, and able to manage several priorities in a day.* Must be adaptable, creative, and self-motivated.* Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information.PREFFERED QUALIFICATIONS* Experience with a legal services organization that provides legal services to indigent individuals.* Experience in consumer, bankruptcy, and/or probate law.* Experience working with volunteers.* Proficiency in Spanish or Amharic.This is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. Job duties may change over time based on organizational needs.The DC Bar and DC Bar Pro Bono Center are proud to be Equal Employment Opportunity employers. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

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