Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
September 21, 2018
DOE based on salary scale
Full Time - Experienced
Advocacy, Public Policy, Legal
The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic, and social equity through litigation, client and public education, and public policy advocacy with a primary focus on racial justice. For the last 50 years, the Committee has been on the cutting edge of civil rights advocacy in the region bringing precedent setting litigation to address discrimination. Our work focuses on injustices in housing, employment, the criminal legal system, education, public accommodations, and civil rights of immigrants. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice.
The Committee has an active docket of disability rights and public accommodation litigation. For more information on our docket see: www.washlaw.org. The selected candidate will work with other Committee lawyers, law firm co-counsel, advocacy organizations, and affected individuals to develop and pursue cutting edge civil rights cases and policy initiatives.
The attorney will be responsible to:
•Identify and develop with other WLC staff, public accommodation and disability rights matters appropriate for advocacy or litigation; •Conduct complex class and individual impact litigation; •Engage in policy advocacy with District, state, and federal agencies, as well as legislatures including the District of Columbia Council; •Work effectively with organizational clients, and in partnership with policy and advocacy organizations; and •Work in partnership with co-counsel law firms and attorneys.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:
•Demonstrated commitment to, and passion for, civil rights and racial equity advocacy; •The ability to litigate complex individual and class action cases. •DC bar membership (in good standing), or the ability to waive in to the DC Bar (membership in Maryland, Virginia, and federal district courts in the DC area a plus); •A minimum of five years of litigation experience. •Substantial experience in disability rights law; •Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; •Experience directing interns and junior attorneys; •Experience working in a non-profit environment and with private law firm volunteers is a plus. •Bilingual ability (professional fluency) preferred but not required. Send letter, resume, and writing sample to email@example.com
Additional Salary Information: salary scale based on experience, and available on request
About Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
The Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs is a non-profit, private organization established in 1968 to provide pro bono legal representation to individuals and groups confronting issues of discrimination and poverty in the D.C. metropolitan area. It operates civil rights projects in the areas of: equal employment opportunity, fair housing, public accommodations, disability rights, prisoners' rights, and public education reform. Much of the Committee’s work is done in conjunction with attorneys from the major private law firms in the District of Columbia. Financial support is provided by a combination of law firm and individual gifts, foundation grants and attorneys fees.