Careers at DC Volunteer Lawyers Project

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) is a small but dynamic and rapidly-growing legal services organization. We are located in a Metro-friendly location in Northwest Washington, D.C. We offer health insurance, retirement benefits, and a generous vacation and holiday package.

Supervising Attorney, Immigration Program

ABOUT DCVLP:

We believe that a life free of violence and abuse is a basic human right. Our mission is:

  • To ADVOCATE for domestic violence victims, at-risk children, and other vulnerable individuals through comprehensive pro bono legal services;
  • To EMPOWER victims with knowledge, resources, and on-going support; and
  • To BROADEN OUR IMPACT by engaging, training, and supporting a strong and diverse network of volunteer lawyers and community volunteers.

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) was established in 2008 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We engage, train and support hundreds of dedicated volunteer attorneys each year to handle emergency protection order, custody, child/spousal support, divorce, and immigration cases on behalf of victims, and to serve as court-appointed advocates for vulnerable children living with abuse, neglect, and other dangerous circumstances. We operate free call-in and walk- in clinics throughout the District of Columbia so victims and other D.C. residents can access free legal services on a wide variety of legal issues including family law, immigration, related criminal cases against abusers, and enforcing victim legal rights in housing, employment, and other financial matters; and non-legal support services including social services referrals, crisis support, and safety planning.

ABOUT YOU:

  • You believe that a life free from violence and abuse is a basic human right.
  • You are looking for a job that matters.
  • You have demonstrated commitment to working with vulnerable populations and you want to use your law degree to provide marginalized individuals with access to high quality legal services.
  • You have a law degree and are admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
  • You have three (3) or more years of legal experience. Experience working with immigrant communities or other vulnerable populations is a plus.
  • You are proficient in Spanish, French, Amharic, and/or Mandarin.
  • You are able to work virtually, but you understand that onsite attendance in our D.C. office is required as is necessary to carry out your duties and onsite participation in community clinics will be required.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

Start Date: February 13, 2023
Application Deadline: February 5, 2023
Education: J.D. Required
Experience Level: Intermediate
Salary: USD $70,000 – USD $75,000 / year
Schedule: Full Time

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise a substantial caseload of immigration cases assigned to     volunteer attorneys and law fellows. Immigration cases are in Arlington/Hyattsville/Baltimore Immigration Courts or with USCIS.
  • Provide high quality direct representation in immigration cases, as needed.
  • Participate in volunteer attorney trainings, as needed.
  • Provide brief advice at DCVLP clinics, located throughout the community.
  • Collaborate with DCVLP’s client advocates to ensure holistic service delivery.
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements by completing necessary documentation and outcomes.
  • Represent DCVLP at meetings and collaborations with other organizations.

NOTE: This position is for our Immigration Practice where we represent survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, other gender-based violence, LGBTQIA community members, and vulnerable children seeking humanitarian immigration relief, including asylum, U visas, T visas, relief under VAWA, SIJS, and related relief options.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES

Other relevant duties as assigned. This description is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position as it is recognized that job duties may change over time, based on DCVLP’s needs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • A J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
  • Active DC Bar membership or ability to become an active DC Bar member prior to first day of employment.
  • Superlative interpersonal skills and ability to develop good working relationships with volunteers, clients, staff, partner organizations, and members of local legal services and community coalitions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant legal experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Three (3) or more years of relevant work experience, preferably with a legal services organization that provides legal services to survivors of domestic violence, vulnerable children, and/or immigrant communities. Experience supervising attorneys in a legal setting also is desirable.
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, Amharic, and/or Mandarin is strongly preferred.

SALARY & BENEFITS

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$75,000. DCVLP also provides a tax-free technology stipend of $75 per month to full-time employees to go towards their personal cell phone and Wi-Fi expenses. DCVLP provides employees with 90% coverage of our major medical and dental policies and sponsors a 403(b) retirement plan (DCVLP matches up to 4% of employee 403(b) contributions after four months of employment). Vision coverage is also available. New employees accrue three weeks of vacation over 12 months and one week of sick time. In addition to all federal holidays, two personal days per year are also available as floating holidays. We offer a generous family leave policy for parents following the birth or adoption of a child or placement of a foster child. DCVLP has a positive work environment, with a focus on collaboration, empowerment, and service toward our clients and volunteers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOB

In addition to the functional skills in this job posting, the following physical abilities are representative of physical demands and environment essential to this position:

  • Regular, predictable attendance onsite is required.
  • Ability to travel to local clinics and court venues as necessary.
  • The work environment has moderate noise (i.e., business office with computers, phone, printers, and light traffic).

TO APPLY

DCVLP has a non-discrimination policy and encourages all interested and qualified applicants to apply regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or other status protected by applicable law. Interested applicants should send a letter of intent and a resume to Sara Tennen at jobs@dcvlp.org.

Senior Staff Attorney, Child Advocacy Program

ABOUT DCVLP:

We believe that a life free of violence and abuse is a basic human right. Our mission is:

  • To ADVOCATE for domestic violence victims, at-risk children, and other vulnerable individuals through comprehensive pro bono legal services;
  • To EMPOWER victims with knowledge, resources, and on-going support; and
  • To BROADEN OUR IMPACT by engaging, training, and supporting a strong and diverse network of volunteer lawyers and community volunteers.

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) was established in 2008 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We engage, train and support hundreds of dedicated volunteer attorneys each year to handle emergency protection order, custody, child/spousal support, divorce, and immigration cases on behalf of victims, and to serve as court-appointed advocates for vulnerable children living with abuse, neglect, and other dangerous circumstances. We operate free call-in and walk- in clinics throughout the District of Columbia so victims and other D.C. residents can access free legal services on a wide variety of legal issues including family law, immigration, related criminal cases against abusers, and enforcing victim legal rights in housing, employment, and other financial matters; and non-legal support services including social services referrals, crisis support, and safety planning.

ABOUT YOU:

  • You believe that a life free from violence and abuse is a basic human right.
  • You are looking for a job that matters.
  • You have demonstrated commitment to working with vulnerable populations and you want to use your law degree to provide marginalized individuals with access to high quality legal services.
  • You have three (3) or more years of legal experience. Experience working with vulnerable children, domestic violence victims, and/or trauma survivors is a plus.
  • You learn quickly, absorb knowledge, then think critically and proactively to spot and flag issues.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • You are able to work virtually, but you understand that onsite attendance in our D.C. office is required as is necessary to carry out your duties.

ABOUT THIS POSITION:

Start Date: February 13, 2023
Application Deadline: February 5, 2023
Education: J.D. Required
Experience Level: Intermediate
Salary: USD $65,000 – USD $72,000 / year
Schedule: Full Time

  • Carry a substantial caseload of cases in which you serve as the court-appointed Guardian ad litem for child clients in custody matters in DC Superior Court.
  • Provide high-quality representation by spending meaningful time with each child client, conducting a thorough investigation, and zealously advocating for the child’s best interest in and out of court.
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements by completing necessary documentation and outcomes.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Other relevant duties as assigned. This description is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position as it is recognized that job duties may change over time, based on DCVLP’s needs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
  • Active DC Bar membership or ability to become an active DC Bar member prior to first day of employment.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of relevant work experience, preferably with a legal services organization that provides legal services to vulnerable children.
  • Superlative interpersonal skills and ability to develop good working relationships with clients, staff, and partner organizations.
  • High energy, positive “can-do” attitude, with a high degree of initiative.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple priorities at once, and ability to work independently.
  • Volunteer or paid experience with an organization that provides direct services to vulnerable children and their families.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable.

SALARY & BENEFITS:

The salary range for this position is $65,000-$72,000. DCVLP also provides a tax-free technology stipend of $75 per month to full-time employees to go towards their personal cell phone and Wi-Fi expenses. DCVLP provides employees with 90% coverage of our major medical and dental policies and sponsors a 403(b) retirement plan (DCVLP matches up to 4% of employee 403(b) contributions after four months of employment). Vision coverage is also available. New employees accrue three weeks of vacation over 12 months and one week of sick time. In addition to all federal holidays, two personal days per year are also available as floating holidays. We offer a generous family leave policy for parents following the birth or adoption of a child or placement of a foster child. DCVLP has a positive work environment, with a focus on collaboration, empowerment, and service toward our clients and volunteers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOB:

In addition to the functional skills in this job posting, the following physical abilities are representative of physical demands and environment essential to this position:

  • Regular, predictable attendance onsite is required.
  • Ability to travel to local clinics and court venues as necessary.
  • The work environment has moderate noise (i.e., business office with computers, phone, printers, and light traffic).

TO APPLY:

DCVLP has a non-discrimination policy and encourages all interested and qualified applicants to apply regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or other status protected by applicable law. Interested applicants should send a letter of intent and a resume to Sara Tennen at jobs@dcvlp.org.

Roxana Cannon Arsht Law Fellowship

ABOUT DCVLP:

We believe that a life free of violence and abuse is a basic human right. Our mission is:

  • To ADVOCATE for domestic violence victims, at-risk children, and other vulnerable individuals through comprehensive pro bono legal services;
  • To EMPOWER victims with knowledge, resources, and on-going support; and
  • To BROADEN OUR IMPACT by engaging, training, and supporting a strong and diverse network of volunteer lawyers and community volunteers.

DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) was established in 2008 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We engage, train and support hundreds of dedicated volunteer attorneys each year to handle emergency protection order, custody, child/spousal support, divorce, and immigration cases on behalf of victims, and to serve as court-appointed advocates for vulnerable children living with abuse, neglect, and other dangerous circumstances. We operate free call-in and walk-in clinics throughout the District of Columbia so victims and other DC residents can access free legal services on a wide variety of legal issues including family law, immigration, related criminal cases against abusers, and enforcing victim legal rights in housing, employment, and other financial matters; and non-legal support services including social services referrals, crisis support, and safety planning.

ABOUT YOU:

  • You are looking to on ramp back into the legal profession after a career break.
  • You have experience working with victims of trauma and underserved communities living in poverty.
  • You learn quickly, absorb knowledge, then think critically and proactively to work independently.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • You are admitted to practice in the District of Columbia or your DC Bar status is pending and you are currently admitted and in good standing in another jurisdiction.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

DETAILS AT A GLANCE
Start Date: February 13, 2023
Application Deadline: February 3, 2023
Education: J.D. Required
Experience Level: Intermediate
Salary: USD $65,000 / year
Schedule: Both full-time and part-time candidates will be considered. All candidates should state interest in full-time and/or part-time Fellowship.

We are seeking qualified attorney applicants to join our skilled and passionate team: we are hiring a full-time Fellow for our Fellowship named in honor of Roxana Cannon Arsht, the first woman judge in Delaware. Please note that the Arsht Fellowship specifically aims to recruit and empower candidates who are returning to the practice of law after taking time off. Please include information in your letter of intent about any applicable experiences or circumstances.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

The Arsht Fellowship is a two-year fellowship where the fellow will work under the supervision of experienced DCVLP attorneys. The Fellow will staff Domestic Violence & Immigration Walk-In Legal Clinics and provide legal advice and brief assistance to survivors of domestic violence and vulnerable immigrants. The Fellow will also handle domestic violence and immigration matters in DC Superior Court and Immigration Court. The Fellow will also present training programs and undertake special projects, and may supervise volunteer attorneys, as appropriate.

NOTE: This description is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position as it is recognized that job duties may change over time, based on DCVLP’s needs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia or eligible to waive in immediately.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations/trauma survivors.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly patience, compassion, and diplomacy. Includes communication, networking, and writing.
  • High energy, positive “can-do” attitude, with a high degree of initiative.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple priorities at once, and ability to work independently.
  • Volunteer or paid experience with an organization that provides direct services to domestic violence victims and their families.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable.

SALARY & BENEFITS

The full time salary range for this position is $65,000. DCVLP provides employees with 90% coverage of our major medical and dental policies and sponsors a 403(b) retirement plan. Vision coverage is also available. New employees accrue three weeks of vacation over 12 months and one week of sick time. In addition to all federal holidays, two personal days per year are also available as floating holidays. We offer a generous family leave policy for parents following the birth or adoption of a child or placement of a foster child. DCVLP has a positive work environment, with a focus on collaboration, empowerment, and service toward our clients and volunteers.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOB

In addition to the functional skills in this job posting, the following physical abilities are representative of physical demands and environment essential to this position:

  • Regular, predictable attendance onsite is required.
  • Ability to travel to local clinics and court venues as necessary.
  • The work environment has moderate noise (i.e., business office with computers, phone, printers, and light traffic).

TO APPLY

DCVLP has a non-discrimination policy and encourages all interested and qualified applicants to apply regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or other status protected by applicable law. Interested applicants should send a letter of intent and a resume to Sara Tennen at jobs@dcvlp.org.