The D.C. Tenants’ Rights Center seeks to hire a full-time or part-time staff attorney to join our “low bono” law practice. We strive to provide low-cost, high-quality legal services to tenants in the District of Columbia.
The D.C. Tenants’ Rights center exclusively represents and advises tenants in disputes with landlords and property management companies. Typical issues include housing code violations, failure to return security deposits, lease terminations, evictions, and illegal rent increases. We also help tenants facing housing discrimination, and we represent tenants and tenant associations asserting their rights under the D.C. Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act. Staff attorneys advise tenants, negotiate with landlords, and provide representation in all phases of litigation in D.C. Superior Court, at the D.C. Court of Appeals, and at the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings.
Company Culture: We are a group of attorneys and a program assistant who try to have effective and compassionate relationships with our clients. Our firm is devoted to providing a healthy work/life balance. We have been working remotely since March and will continue this way for the foreseeable future.
Starting Salary: $55,000 plus health benefits for full-time. Part-time interest encouraged.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following:
· D.C. Bar license (or D.C. Bar application pending)
· Litigation experience
· Experience in housing law
· A commitment to zealous, client-empowering advocacy
· Strong analytical and writing skills
· Excellent client communication skills
· Interest in growing a small business
· Good planning and organizational skills
· The ability to work independently at home
· Sensitivity when working with clients on tight budgets
· The ability to work collaboratively with other staff
· Spanish-language skills (not required)
We value a diverse and inclusive working environment and welcome applications from candidates who identify with any race, religion, gender, national origin, political group, veteran status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, marital or family status, or any other legally protected status, and from candidates of any age, with any physical or mental disability, and regardless of personal appearance.