The Practice Management Advisor assists with delivering advisory services to educate D.C. Bar members about law practice management, including law office systems and procedures, risk management, and technology. The Practice Management Advisor is involved in extensive engagement with D.C. Bar members who practice in diverse practice settings. The Practice Management Advisor is deemed to have a lawyer-client relationship with D.C. Bar members who are being counseled under the Practice Management Advisory Service (PMAS) under D.C. Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6(j). The Practice Management Advisor also assesses Bar members referred to the PMAS by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel or the Board on Professional Responsibility.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assists in planning and developing educational content, implements the program’s goals and mission, and administers the fiscal, organizational, and administrative aspects of the PMAS, including preparing operational budgets and drafting weekly, monthly, and annual reports.
• Provides practice management assessments in diversion, probation, and negotiated discipline cases.
• Designs and conducts confidential practice management consultations and provides management advice and counseling to D.C. Bar members to improve their effectiveness and the delivery of legal services to the community.
• Writes and edits columns about law firm management for the Washington Lawyer and other practice management content for the PMAS and D.C. Bar media platforms.
• Develops and conducts in-depth training and education sessions, including CLE courses, for lawyers about creating and growing their own law firms, law firm management, billing, financial management, IOLTA management, technology, and marketing.
• Develops content for and oversees an annual small firm conference event produced by the PMAS and the Bar and in coordination with the Programs Operations Divisions.
• Develops content for and coordinates presenters for a year-round small firm lunch-time series.
• Stays current on practice management and ethical issues related to law practice management, including data security, law office technology, client trust accounts, fees and billing, conflicts management, and other similar issues, particularly related to solo and small firm practitioners.
• Works with other Regulation Counsel programs and Bar departments to create solutions and provide services or content to identified members’ needs for law practice management assistance.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school.
• An active member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to become an active D.C. Bar member within two months of being hired.
• Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
• Experience as a successful solo or managing partner in a small firm representing multiple clients in a competitive practice setting.
• Must be able to travel to various locations throughout the District of Columbia.
• Experience in a law office and/or risk management, including trust and operating account administration.
• Demonstrated success as an entrepreneur and as an effective networker and marketer.
• Demonstrated knowledge of current law office technology, including current Apple and Windows operating systems and law office case management applications.
• Proficiency in Office 365, case management programs and video conferencing.
• Demonstrated success in program operation and administration
• 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 service skills. Must work well in a team environment and be able to interact with Bar members, volunteers, vendors, the public 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.
• Must obtain and submit a certificate of discipline from each jurisdiction where the candidate is admitted.
• May not engage in the private practice of law, although a reasonable period of transition after hire may be approved.
• Any outside volunteer activity or employment that involves or may involve a conflict of interest, could interfere with or negatively affect the job performance of the Practice Management Advisor, or could be a source of embarrassment for the PMAS or the D.C. Bar will not be permitted. Any outside volunteer activities or employment must be approved in writing.
• Experience as staff with nonprofit/membership organizations.
• Active membership in one or more voluntary bar associations.
****Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing samples (no legal briefs or court pleas) ****
This is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. Job duties may change over time based on organizational/department needs.
The D.C. Bar and D.C. 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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