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The EJC is an equal employment opportunity employer and will hire without regard to applicants’ race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial responsibilities, marital status, veterans status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, receipt of public benefits, or any other characteristic that is protected under D.C. or federal law.

The EJC is currently hiring for a Legal Director and seeking law clerks for summer 2015. See below for more details:

Legal Director

The Employment Justice Center seeks a Legal Director to support all aspects of the EJC’s advocacy and mission “to secure, protect and promote workplace justice” in the metropolitan Washington DC area.   The EJC seeks to hire a full time Legal Director to manage the EJC’s legal staff, as well as our free walk-in Workers’ Rights Clinics, as a critical component of our economic and racial justice mission.

Founded on Labor Day 2000, the mission of the EJC is to secure, protect and promote workplace justice in the D.C. metropolitan area.  Each year, the Employment Justice Center (EJC) directly serves thousands of low-wage workers through our advocacy, education and legal services programs, and hundreds of thousands are served indirectly. The EJC gives legal advice and assistance to low-income workers with employment law problems at our free, walk-in Workers’ Rights Clinic operating in NW and SE DC, provides legal representation in employment law cases, and reaches out to workers in the community to educate them about their rights and responsibilities on the job. The EJC seeks to integrate our legal and advocacy work in a “community lawyer” model.

Responsibilities of the Next Legal Director:

  • Leads and oversees management of the EJC’s legal initiatives:
    • Workers’ Rights Clinics
      • Providing supervision and training to EJC legal staff and extensive volunteer network
      • Overseeing expansion of clinic program into Maryland and other underserved communities in metropolitan DC, through use of technology and strategic community partnerships
    • Employment Law Litigation
      • Developing concrete, measurable objectives, comprehensive strategies and annual work plans, and assessing progress
      • Overseeing the development of relations with private bar members, academics and law clinics that will support workers’ rights litigation
      • Assessing litigation opportunities and relevant research, policy analysis and advocacy
      • Supervising the EJC’s legal staff of two litigation attorneys,  pro bono coordinator and clinic coordinator
      • Overseeing all aspects of discovery, motion practice, briefs, trials, appellate work and amicus briefs, and working with staff attorneys or cooperating attorneys to assist in case preparation where necessary
    • Community Lawyering
      • Providing information, technical assistance, co-advocacy, supervision, training, and strategic support to organizing and legislative advocacy staff, outreach and engagement with the community, media advocacy, and emerging legal advocacy approaches
    • Collaborates with the Executive Director and Advocacy Director
    • Sharing responsibility for fundraising efforts to support legal programs and initiatives, and preparation of foundation reporting and proposals
    • Serving as a member of the management team in a unionized program

Qualifications of the Next Legal Director:

  • Barred in Washington DC, or eligible for timely admission to practice. Admission to the Virginia Bar a plus
  • Minimum of 5-7 years legal practice experience preferred, particularly in labor and/or employment law
  • Experience working with an organizing team and coordinating legal and organizing strategies
  • Superior oral, written communication, editing skills
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Management or administrative experience involving supervision of staff
  • Personal attributes including:
    • dedication to high moral and ethical standards,
    • the ability to engender confidence and trust,
    • a management style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others,
    • a strong work ethic and commitment to working as a team,
    • the ability to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals,
    • a sense of humor, sound judgment, and overall excellent “people skills.”
  • Commitment to a flexible, comprehensive view of representation on behalf of low income people that values both individual and systemic advocacy
  • Ability to identify and respond to shifting trends in legal practice and policies affecting the low-wage workers
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, Amharic or Arabic a plus

Other Details:

Salary will be commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package including health insurance, 403(b) eligibility, sick leave and 6 weeks annual paid vacation is provided. Although limited evening or weekend hours will be required for some meetings and events and participation in the EJC’s clinics, the EJC is strongly committed to overall work-life balance.

TO APPLY:

The EJC is an equal employment opportunity employer and will hire without regard to applicants’ race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial responsibilities, marital status, veterans status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, receipt of public benefits, or any other characteristic that is protected under D.C. or federal law.
To apply, please reference any of the above factors that are relevant to your application explicitly in your cover letter and/or resume. Send cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to Barbra Kavanaugh, Executive Director, bkavanaugh@dcejc.org.  Applications accepted until March 25, 2015. Absolutely no phone calls please!

 

Summer 2015 Law Clerks

The law clerk’s time will be divided among direct legal services, research, and it may include community education and outreach.

For legal work, the clerk will support the EJC attorneys and assist with the EJC’s in-house litigation by doing legal research and writing, preparing for hearings, and preparing pleadings and court filings.  EJC cases run the gamut of employment law issues, including wage and hour violations, discrimination and harassment, on the job injuries, and leave and disability issues.  The clerk will attend the EJC’s weekly Workers’ Rights Clinics and conduct intakes for individual workers.  The intakes involve conducting detailed interviews with the worker client, followed by a consultation with one of the EJC attorneys who will provide legal advice and assistance.

The law clerk may also support the legal department by distributing flyers, attending community meetings, and conducting “Know-Your-Rights” trainings in Prince George’s County. This position will provide exposure to the “community lawyering” model of the EJC that combines worker organizing with legal services to achieve meaningful change.

The law clerk will be supervised by one or more of the EJC attorneys and will receive formal orientation and training.

Characteristics and skills needed for this position:

  • A commitment to working for workers’ rights and social justice
  • Ability to work with diverse communities of low-wage workers
  • Desire and ability to conduct intake interviews with workers and to develop relationships with them to engage them in EJC’s advocacy and volunteer opportunities
  • Strong research, writing, and computer skills
  • Excellent organizational skills in order to manage multiple projects
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Willingness to take initiative
  • Good attention to detail
  • Flexibility and cooperative spirit

Summer clerkships are full-time. The EJC is unable to pay any portion of the law clerk’s salary or provide assistance securing housing. However, we encourage students to seek out academic credit or outside funding for their work, including competitive programs such as the Peggy Browning Fund and the Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to the contact below, specifying why you are interested in clerking with the EJC.

CONTACT (preferably via email):
Amy Gellatly
1413 K St. NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 644-7777
agellatly@dcejc.org