Attorney Positions

Employment Justice Attorney

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“the Committee”) seeks an experienced attorney to help lead its employment justice work.   

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee operates seven workers’ justice clinics each month in communities throughout the City.  More than 1200 workers are assisted each year at the clinics with advice, referrals and representation. The clinics are staffed by Committee attorneys, advocates and volunteers.  The selected candidate will oversee these clinics and help select high impact cases that are developed from the clinic intake. In addition, the selected candidate will be involved in ground-breaking litigation to address work-place discrimination, wage theft, and discrimination in violation of ban-the-box laws as well as policy advocacy. The selected candidate will hold the title of Senior Staff Attorney.

The Committee was established in 1968 to use legal strategies to address issues of discrimination and poverty in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.  The Committee has a broad civil rights practice that traditionally has included the areas of equal employment, fair housing, public accommodations, disability rights, immigrant rights, prisoners’ rights and public education.  The Committee works with pro bono co-counsel at more than 50 area law firms to aid in achieving its mission.

The selected candidate will supervise non-lawyer staff and provide guidance to more junior attorneys and volunteers. She or he will also take a leadership role on the summer intern committee and will be directly responsible for managing the work of interns both during the summer and throughout the school year.  

Skills/Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil rights and equal justice;
  • The desire to work in a fast paced, innovated and collaborative environment;
  • J.D. and excellent academic credentials;
  • A minimum of six years of civil rights litigation experience with at least three years in employment law;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong leadership abilities and the ability to work effectively with non-lawyer volunteers and volunteer co-counsel;
  • Demonstrated leadership ability to independently manage the process of reviewing numerous intakes in a high- pressure situation to determine the appropriate disposition;
  • Demonstrated litigation experience;
  • Experience directing interns and junior attorneys;
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment and with private law firm volunteers is a plus;
  • Membership or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar.  Virginia or Maryland Bar membership a plus.

Salary:

Based upon Washington Lawyers’ Committee pay scale

How to Apply:

Please send a letter detailing your interest and a resume to: wlcjobs@washlaw.org. Please place “[your name] – Employment Justice Attorney” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position with remain open until filled.

The Committee is an Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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