At Christian Legal Aid of DC (“CLADC”), we strive to provide high-quality legal services to underprivileged members of our community and to share the love of Christ with them while doing so. As our Legal Director, your primary duty would be to provide Christ-centered leadership and strategic direction with respect to the operation of our legal aid clinics and the development of our core competency practice areas.
CLADC was formed in 2007 to provide free and low-cost legal services to low-income individuals and families, and we use this platform to share the love of Christ with our clients. We currently conduct three legal aid clinics in the District each month and provide advice, services, and representation in landlord/tenant, probate, estate planning, public benefits, and expungement matters, and other legal matters. For more information about the organization, please visit our website, www.cladc.org.
The job description below is not meant to be exhaustive, as the nature of the work requires the Legal Director to exhibit flexibility and innovation, but it contains the position’s primary duties and expectations.
a) Relationships with CLADC members. The Legal Director will maintain a strong working relationship with the Executive Director, Office Administrator, and Board of Directors, and will report directly to the Executive Director. The Legal Director will also be expected to establish and maintain positive relationships with other staff, supporters, clients, volunteers and donors.
b) Christ-Like Example. The Legal Director, relying on his or her faith and relationship with Jesus Christ, should be an example to the volunteers and other staff of loving the poor and assisting them with their legal and spiritual needs.
c) Schedule. The position is full-time, and the Legal Director is expected to work the hours necessary to accomplish the tasks of the position. The Legal Director will be expected to attend and help manage CLADC’s recurring monthly clinics, including its two Saturday clinics, which run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The number and times of CLADC’s clinics are subject to change. To account for the Legal Director’s work on two Saturdays per month, the Legal Director will be offered a specified business day or half-day off every week or every other week.
II. Program Services
a) Strategy. The Legal Director will provide leadership on CLADC’s legal strategy and policy priorities. The Legal Director will set goals for CLADC’s legal services under the guidance of the Executive Director, monitor progress on goals, and evaluate outcomes. The Legal Director will participate in meetings with other community-based organizations and legal services providers.
b) Clinics. With oversight from the Executive Director and assistance from the Office Administrator, the Legal Director’s primary duty of providing Christ-centered leadership and strategic direction with respect to the operation of CLADC’s legal aid clinics and the development of our core competency practice areas will involve:
- Generally managing and attending all of CLADC’s clinics, which currently consist of recurring monthly clinics from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on the second Friday, third Saturday, and final Saturday each month;
- Cultivating relationships with CLADC’s existing pro bono attorneys and law school students, and recruiting additional attorneys and law students to serve as volunteers;
- Publicizing the clinics to potential clients and organizations that may refer clients— particularly to clients with legal matters within CLADC’s core competencies;
- Seeking to grow and improve the quality of the clinics; and
- Ensuring the data from the clinics (e.g., client and volunteer attendance, etc.) is recorded and preserved appropriately
c) Legal Work. The Legal Director will be expected to develop and/or maintain a competency, and a small caseload, in CLADC’s core competency practice areas (CLADC’s core competencies include landlord/tenant, expungements, SSI/SSDI, estate planning, and probate); to develop, implement, and oversee ongoing trainings in those practice areas for pro bono attorneys/law students; and supervise and provide mentorship to CLADC pro bono attorneys willing to provide brief services or extended representation in those areas.
d) Other Organizational Support. The Legal Director will also be responsible for, among other things: attending and assisting with CLADC’s annual events, including Do More 24, Client Story Prayer Breakfast, Faith & Law Lecture, and the Fall Fundraising Banquet; assisting with fundraising, both in connection with CLADC’s fundraising events and otherwise; developing a familiarity with practice areas outside the Legal Director’s expertise but relevant to CLADC’s work; cultivating and maintaining relationships with other legal and non-legal professionals in and outside of CLADC’s network for the purpose of improving the quality and quantity of services to CLADC’s clients; and referring cases to CLADC’s pro bono attorneys. The Legal Director will also be responsible for any other activities as may be reasonably determined by the Executive Director.
a) Mature, orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostle’s Creed;
b) At least five to eight years of experience working in a legal services or law firm setting is preferred;
c) Experience in at least one or two areas of public interest law (e.g., landlord/tenant, public benefits, probate, estate planning, expungements, etc.) is preferred;
d) Exceptional organizational and verbal and written communication skills;
e) Strong leadership skills—generally and spiritually;
f) Strong attention to detail and proven project management skills;
g) Self-starter with strong initiative; and
h) JD from an accredited law school, and membership, or current eligibility for membership, with the DC Bar
IV. Salary and Benefits
a) Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience;
b) Healthcare coverage; and
c) Federal holidays and paid vacation and sick leave
V. Job Location
a) Main Office: 907 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
b) Clinic Sites: DC Dream Center, 2826 Q Street SE, Washington, DC 20020; Central Union Mission, 65 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
VI. To Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (including one pastoral reference) via email to:
Robert G. Rose, Executive Director
Christian Legal Aid of DC
907 Maryland Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002