December 3, 2019

DV LEAP is Hiring a New Staff Attorney to Join the Team in 2020

DV LEAP Staff Attorney Job Description

The Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) seeks an experienced domestic violence attorney to join DV LEAP’s efforts to create legal system reform through trauma-informed, client-centered appellate litigation, training and policy initiatives.

DV LEAP makes the law work for survivors of domestic violence by fighting to overturn unjust trial court outcomes through expert appellate advocacy. Despite numerous legislative and policy reforms designed to increase their safety, survivors are still too often denied critical legal protections in court.  Appellate review has been remarkably successful in correcting trial court errors, but appeals are infrequent due to high cost and specialized expertise requirements.  Without systematic and sophisticated appellate litigation to hold them to the law, many trial courts will continue to deny survivors safety and justice.  DVLEAP fills this vacuum in existing legal advocacy by providing pro bono appeals and amicus briefs as well as training and strategic assistance to survivors, lawyers and courts. DV LEAP is located in the District of Columbia but partners with pro bono law firms to take cases across the country.

Please look around our website, for additional information about our work.

Position Description: Under the supervision of DVLEAP’s legal director, the staff attorney will:

  • Review applications from, and serve as the primary contact for, potential clients seeking appellate representation or amicus briefs
  • Review trial transcripts for potential appeals for viability
  • Represent survivors in civil appeals as co-counsel with pro bono law firm attorneys
  • Contribute research and drafting assistance for amicus briefs on critical issues in domestic violence appeals
  • Collaborate with ally organizations around new initiatives
  • Depending on experience, conduct trainings for attorneys and advocates
  • Represent DV LEAP in community meetings and collaborations

Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics:

  • Minimum 3 years of post-law school legal experience
  • Minimum 2 years litigation experience, preferably including appeals
  • Demonstrated commitment to domestic violence issues and social justice
  • Excellent research, written and oral communication, and litigation skills
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills
  • Some experience training lawyers or other professionals
  • Familiarity with trauma-informed advocacy a plus
  • Familiarity with Anti-SLAPP laws and/or ADA accommodations a plus
  • Self-direction, initiative, and ability to lead or collaborate with a legal team
  • Good sense of humor and collaborative work-style
  • Membership in the D.C. Bar or ability to waive in

Salary and Benefits:
The starting salary is $62,000 and includes a generous benefits package.

To Apply
The application should include

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for two references
  • A relevant and substantive writing sample of original work product, no more than
  • 5 pages in length

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.Application deadline is January 21, 2020.

Send applications to the attention of Flora Patel:

DV LEAP has a non-discrimination policy and encourages all interested and qualified applicants to apply regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.


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