Bread for the City is seeking a full-time Domestic Violence Legal Services Staff Attorney to work from our Southeast Center.

Position Description
The Legal Clinic at Bread for the City seeks a full-time attorney with 0-2 years of experience for our family law practice. Specifically, we seek an attorney to work in our Domestic Violence Community Legal Services Project. The attorney will provide advice and representation to survivors of domestic violence in civil protection order cases, as well as custody, child support, and divorce matters. The attorney will also conduct advocacy, education and other outreach activities.

Qualifications
A J.D. degree, excellent research and writing skills, outstanding oral communication skills, strong organizational skills, a high degree of flexibility, an ability to work collaboratively with other staff, as well as self-motivation. Must have knowledge of or experience in domestic violence law. Must be adept at interacting with a wide variety of people and comfortable working in a busy, open work environment, with no private offices for staff. A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice is also a must, as well as a sense of humor. Prior experience in a public interest setting is highly desirable. Strong Spanish language skills (i.e., ability to speak, understand, read, and write) is preferred, but not required, for this position. Candidates are expected to be a member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to waive into the D.C. Bar.

Background
Bread for the City is a non-profit organization that takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of low-income individuals and families in Washington, DC, providing a range of free services including supplemental food, clothing, medical care, legal assistance, and social services.  Bread for the City’s Legal Clinic seeks to ensure better access to justice for low-income individuals in our nation’s capital. The Legal Clinic provides front-line civil legal services primarily in three areas of law:  housing, family, and public benefits.

Compensation: $44,500+ depending on experience.  Bread for the City also offers a generous benefits package.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Bread for the City is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical or mental disability, medical condition, status as a veteran, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.

To Apply
Please submit a letter of interest and resume to FamilyLawJobs@breadforthecity.org. In the letter of interest, we encourage you to include information about your experience working directly with clients, any court or court-like experience you have, and a discussion of any history of public interest work.  Additionally, as Bread for the City actively seeks to maintain a diverse workforce in every way, we encourage you to include a brief discussion of how you may add to the diversity of the legal clinic and/or what different perspectives you might be able to bring to the job.

Job available as of May 1, 2012. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.  The position remains open until filled. No phone inquiries, please.