Salary Range:$70,000.00 To 78,000.00 Annually
The Pro Bono Support Attorney, Public Benefits oversees the Advocacy & Justice Clinic’s public benefits pro bono cases, assists with the planning and administration of the Advocacy & Justice Clinic, which includes recruiting volunteer attorneys, serving as primary mentor for all public benefits cases, conducting trainings, creating practice materials, and provides limited scope brief services to clients awaiting pro bono placements.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Recruits and mobilizes pro bono attorneys to represent pro bono clients in public benefits matters, the majority of which include, but is not limited to, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) cases.
- Delivers public benefits trainings to volunteer attorneys. Develops, selects, and compiles training and other resource materials.
- Maintains the Public Benefits section of probono.net/dc, which holds recorded trainings, sample pleadings and briefs, and other volunteer materials.
- Supports the Advocacy & Justice Clinic, to include analyzing cases for merit, placing cases with pro bono counsel, serving as primary mentor to pro bono attorneys, and providing feedback on substantive legal issues, and tracking cases.
- Works as part of the Advocacy & Justice team to plan and administer the clinic by:
- Helping design and implement service delivery models to address unmet legal needs.
- Planning and directing volunteer trainings, preparing training materials, and recruiting trainers.
- Selecting cases for placement with pro bono attorneys.
- Recruiting mentors and serving as a primary mentor for all public benefits cases.
- Monitoring volunteer caseloads and developing periodic progress reports.
- Evaluating effectiveness and continued relevance of the delivery model.
- Meticulously tracking filing deadlines, hearing dates, and appeal deadlines.
- Providing limited scope brief services to public benefits clients awaiting pro bono placement.
- Identifies emerging issues, develops recommendations, and designs and implements new programs and projects.
- Serves as convener and resource for pro bono and public interest advocates.
- Oversees the work of volunteers, paralegals, law students and interns.
- Represents the PBC with the court, administrative agencies, other legal services providers, and community-based organizations.
- Assists in drafting and developing proposals, budgets, and other fundraising and outreach materials. Drafts reports, articles, memoranda, publications and resource materials.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) and have received at least one COVID-19 booster shot and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by start date.
- J.D. degree from an accredited ABA law school.
- An active member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to become an active D.C. Bar member within two months of being hired.
- Prior relevant work experience.
- Experience representing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants.
- Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
- Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends for a variety of Pro Bono Center clinics and events.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Must work well in a team environment and be able to interact well with Bar members, volunteers, vendors, the public, and Pro Bono Center Bar employees.
- Must be detail oriented, work well under pressure, possess excellent organizational abilities, and able to manage several priorities in a day.
- Must work well under pressure, possess excellent organizational abilities, and able to manage several priorities in a day.
- Must be adaptable, creative, and self-motivated.
- Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Experience working with volunteers.
- Experience with a legal services organization that provides legal services to indigent individuals.
*****Please submit resume, cover letter and two (2) writing samples. Applications without the required cover letter and writing samples will not be considered. *****
This position is currently a hybrid position, with days worked in the office and days worked remotely. The hybrid status of this position may change at any time subject to the Bar’s discretion.
This is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. Job duties may change over time based on organizational/department needs.
The D.C. Bar is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.
The Bar is committed to providing qualified individuals with reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs, pursuant to applicable law. If you require reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact Human Resources at HR@dcbar.org.
As part of the accommodation process, we will conduct an individualized interactive process and may ask you for additional information. Additionally, any final hiring decisions or start dates may be delayed while the accommodation review process is ongoing if the individual is unable to begin work without the requested accommodation.