March 24, 2011

Job Announcement: Family Law Attorney

Bread for the City is seeking a full-time attorney with 0-3 years’ experience for our Family Law practice. Specifically, we seek an attorney to work in our Child Support Community Legal Services Project -- a new, innovative joint endeavor of Bread for the City and the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

Approximately one or two days per week, the attorney will staff a community legal services office based at the Paternity and Support Branch of D.C. Superior Court, providing immediate, same-day representation to custodial and noncustodial parents in child support cases. The attorney will then retain many of those child support cases for continued representation and will be based the rest of the work week at our Northwest Center. The attorney may also handle a small caseload of other family law cases. In addition, the attorney will conduct advocacy, education and other outreach activities.

Background: The Legal Clinic is one of five programs of Bread for the City, a non-profit organization providing free services to vulnerable residents of Washington, D.C. Bread for the City takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of low-income individuals and families, providing a range of services including supplemental food, clothing, medical care, legal assistance, and social services. The Bread for the City 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. Our Family Law practice includes representation in divorce, custody and child support cases, as well as assistance to survivors of domestic violence in obtaining civil protection orders.


· Member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to waive in;

· Strong organizational, research, and oral and written communication skills;

· Ability to work collaboratively with other staff and interact with a wide variety of people;

· Comfortable working in an open work environment, with no private offices for staff;

· High degree of flexibility;

· Sense of humor;

· Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;

· Prior experience in a legal services or other public interest setting highly desirable;

· Some knowledge or experience in child support law a plus;

· Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred but not required.

Compensation: Bread for the City offers competitive non-profit salaries based on experience and a generous benefits package.

To Apply: Bread for the City encourages all interested persons regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or disability to apply. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to

Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately. Job available as of May 1, 2011. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The position remains open until filled. No telephone inquiries please.

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