The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia Seeks Attorneys

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks two staff attorneys to work in its Domestic Violence / Family Law Unit as a part of its new Domestic Violence Underserved Communities Representation Project.

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. Over the last 80 years, tens of thousands of the District’s neediest residents have been served by Legal Aid staff and volunteers. For more information on Legal Aid please visit the website.

Tasks and Duties:

The staff attorneys will handle a caseload of domestic violence cases, including civil protection order cases, as well as custody, child support, and divorce matters for survivors of domestic violence; interview prospective clients; participate in community outreach; and engage in systemic reform efforts.


The ideal candidates will have, at a minimum, the following:

  • Strong litigation, organizational, and written and oral communication skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
  • Legal services experience or the equivalent;
  • Two years’ family law experience;
  • A willingness to handle a significant case load of individual cases and assist or take the lead on policy reform efforts;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice; and
  • Ability to speak Spanish, Amharic, or other language prevalent among the Legal Aid client community preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

The staff attorneys will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a generous benefits package.

To Apply:

To apply, email a letter of interest and resume here.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Positions available on or after May 1, 2012.