Staff Attorney Job Opening at National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (“The Law Center”) is the only national legal advocacy organization dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness.  Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and public education, the Law Center addresses the root causes of homelessness at the local, state, and national levels.

The Law Center has successfully secured education access for homeless children, housing rights for survivors of domestic abuse, and has ensured the enforcement of laws that allow for conversion of unneeded federal property into housing and services for homeless individuals, as well as laws that protect the civil rights of homeless people.

The Law Center is seeking a Staff Attorney for their Domestic Violence initiatives and to work within the Education Program. The role will involve litigation, policy, and public education work and the ideal candidate will have an interest and some experience in each of these areas. The Staff Attorney reports to the Legal Director, but also will receive some supervision from the Education Program Director.


*Coordinate Domestic Violence programming, including being primarily responsible for shaping, prioritizing and implementing project goals and activities.

*Collaborate with peer organizations and government officials to ensure effective passage and implementation of, and compliance with, national, state, and local laws providing housing rights for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

*Work closely with Education Program Director to shape, prioritize and implement program goals and activities to protect and enhance the education rights of homeless children.

*Develop and update outreach and education materials and conduct trainings and presentations for a variety of audiences and contexts.

*Provide technical assistance to legal services lawyers, advocates, government officials, and individuals around the country.

*Work with pro bono counsel to develop and undertake impact litigation, as appropriate, to protect the housing rights of survivors and the education rights of homeless children.

*Develop and oversee law firm pro bono projects.

*Assist in grant writing and reporting and with communications materials and activities.

*Participate in hiring and supervising interns.

*Contribute to organization-wide planning and special projects.



*DC bar membership or eligibility to waive in.

*Excellent legal and analytical research and writing skills.

*Strong oral communication skills and interest in public speaking and training.

*Ability to both work independently and as part of a team.

*Creativity, initiative, and commitment to excellence.

*Demonstrated commitment to economic justice and working on behalf of low-income people, children, and/or survivors of domestic violence.

*Willingness and ability to work well with a wide variety of stakeholders including pro bono attorneys, legislators, agency officials, landlords and property managers, school officials, public interest attorneys, advocates, and poor and homeless individuals.


*2-3 years of legal practice, ideally including experience with class action litigation and/or public policy.

*Prior work in the areas of domestic violence, homelessness, and/or education.

*Experience working with school systems.

*Experience developing and presenting trainings and presentations to a variety of audiences.

*Project development or management experience.

If interested in applying, send cover letter, resume, three references, and short legal writing sample with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line via email.

No phone calls, please.