ABOUT THE WASHINGTON LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND URBAN AFFAIRS
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 the civil rights of immigrants. We partner with individuals and communities facing discrimination and with the legal community to achieve justice. The Committee’s staff is unionized with the National Organization of Legal Service Workers Local #2320, UAW. This position is within the Bargaining Unit. For more information on the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, please go to www.washlaw.org.
The Attorney will work on cases and projects to address systemic violations of the rights of low-income workers in the District of Columbia, including employment discrimination, wage theft, discrimination based on a record of conviction, and other matters. The Counsel will also provide some research and other support to the Workers’ Rights Clinic run by the Committee.
The Attorney will:
- Identify and develop matters appropriate for advocacy or litigation.
- Conduct complex class and individual impact litigation and provide other legal services as appropriate;
- Engage in policy advocacy with the District, agencies, and the District of Columbia Council.
- Provide support to the Workers’ Rights Clinic as necessary, for example in the development of technical assistance materials for workers;
- Develop and maintain relationships with community-based organizations, organizations led by persons in impacted communities, and other legal and social services providers.
- Work effectively with organizational clients and in partnership with policy and advocacy organizations.
- Work in partnership with co-counsel law firms and attorneys.
- Maintain or ensure the maintenance of data and records in the Legal Server regarding all assigned cases.
- Develop mastery of the law in one or more substantive areas of the Committee’s work.
- Perform all work at a level of professional excellence.
- Other duties as assigned.
Preferred Experience and Skills:
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:
- Experience in civil rights, racial equity, or workers’ rights litigation;
- Experience working with community-based organizations and organizers;
- Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations;
- Able to contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture that encourages and celebrates differences;
- Knowledge of the District of Columbia and its neighborhoods is preferred, but not required; and
- Bilingual ability in Spanish language (professional fluency) preferred, but not required.
- D.C. Bar membership (in good standing), or the ability to waive into the DC Bar (Required).
- Applicants with lived experience in communities historically under-resourced and marginalized due to race, class, gender, disability, etc. are encouraged to apply.
Based upon Washington Lawyers’ Committee pay scale. Credit is given for prior relevant experience. Generous leave and employer-funded benefits.
Attorneys are classified as Associate Counsel, Counsel, and Senior Counsel, depending on the level and nature of experience and skills, in one or more substantive areas of the Committee’s work. The work of Counsel is performed under the supervision of the assigned Supervising Counsel, Deputy Legal Director, Legal Director, or Executive Director.
Attached is the job posting that includes the full description and salary scale. See here.
HOW TO APPLY
Please email a letter detailing your interest, a resume, and a brief writing sample to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please place “[your name] – Attorney in Employment and Workers’ Rights Practice in the subject line.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is an equal-opportunity employer. Diversity is an essential component of the Committee, and we
encourage all qualified persons to apply. Applicants are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
This position is a hybrid position with three core days required to physically be in the office located in Washington, D.C., and up to two days of telework. We will be participating in person when it is necessary to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients and the most effective advocacy.