Supervising Attorney (Housing Law Practice Unit)
Neighborhood Legal Services Program (NLSP) is a private, non-profit law firm that provides vigorous, high quality civil legal services to low-income residents of the District of Columbia. NLSP has a long tradition of fighting for justice, combining direct representation to protect essential rights and opportunities for low-income individuals and families with efforts to achieve broad-based change. Our three offices are located in the poorest neighborhoods of the District, to maximize our visibility, accessibility and connections to the communities we serve.
It is NLSP’s goal to ensure that all DC residents have access to safe, affordable housing. To achieve that goal, we work to preserve affordable housing, eliminate barriers to tenants accessing housing, and to increase affordable housing. We represent tenants in eviction cases, affirmative litigation to preserve affordable housing and prevent housing discrimination, and other cases that move us toward our overall goal. NLSP’s housing work is community-focused and driven by the needs of low- income DC residents.
The supervising attorney will be a member of NLSP’s 15-person housing team, including a managing attorney, a supervising attorney, a paralegal, a project coordinator, and 11 staff and senior staff attorneys.DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The supervising attorney will oversee the work of NLSP staff attorneys, volunteers, and other personnel in housing cases for low-income residents and families in the District of Columbia. This work will include:
- Supervising staff attorneys, paralegals, and volunteers in a variety of housing matters including eviction defense cases, housing discrimination cases, building-wide conditions cases, voucher termination cases, and appellate cases.
- Identifying training needs and supporting professional development of housing unit staff.
- Maintaining an active caseload of housing cases.
- Representing NLSP and our clients at stakeholder, coalition, and advocacy meetings.
- Conducting outreach to community partners and potential clients.
- Forming and maintaining partnerships with other organizations that share our goals and/or support our clients.
- Participating and leading big picture and impact work to preserve affordable housing and eliminate barriers to housing
- Actively participating as a member of the NLSP team, including participation in cross-office activities and advocac
- · Salary commensurate with experience starting at $61,000 per year
- Generous benefits package including four weeks’ vacation, four personal days, two weeks of sick leave
- · Eight weeks of paid parental leave, excellent health insurance, dental and vision insurance.
- NLSP Housing Law Practice Managing Attorney, Lori Leibowitz
- Member in good standing of the DC Bar
- Knowledge of federal and local housing law
- Minimum of four years of experience representing tenants in housing cases, including in landlord tenant matters.
- Prior management or supervisory experience (may include supervising volunteers or interns)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Creative problem-solving skills, patience, flexibility and team-oriented approach.
- Ability to think on your feet
- Fluency in Spanish or another language frequently spoken by low-income DC residents desirable.
Submit, as a single pdf file, your letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Lori Leibowitz at LLeibowitz@nlsp.org with “Supervising Attorney Application – [your last name]” in the subject line. We are looking for thoughtful, tailored cover letters that show commitment to our mission and the applicant’s experience that specifically meets the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities outlined above. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the committee will begin reviewing applications on November 23, 2020. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please.NLSP HIRING POLICY
Neighborhood Legal Services Program (“NLSP”) is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated diversity in our staff. It is the policy of NLSP that no employee or applicant for employment or services will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family responsibilities or family status, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by law, including the D.C. Human Rights Act and Language Access Act.
NLSP thrives on our diversity and we strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, returning citizens, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.