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Associate Counsel

Associate Counsel for Pro Bono Position

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (“Lawyers’ Committee”), one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations, seeks an Associate Counsel to help support the expansion of the Lawyers’ Committee’s pro bono program.

The Associate Counsel will join a team dedicated to responding to the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities through the mobilization of a broad group of pro bono attorneys including the private bar.  In response to ongoing and emerging issues in these challenging times, the Associate Counsel, working closely with the Director of Pro Bono and other key staff, will expand the programmatic work and pro bono matters of the Lawyers’ Committee. The Associate Counsel will help identify potential litigation, special projects and other intervention strategies to confront new challenges in the current era, and work to mobilize pro bono support to help advance these efforts. We seek a dynamic individual committed to social justice with an understanding of the role of the legal system and the value of volunteer lawyers in solving this country’s ongoing racial issues.

The Associate Counsel will report to the Director of Pro Bono.  The position is full-time and based in Washington, D.C.


Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Collaborate closely with the Director of Pro Bono, President and Executive Director, Chief Counsel, Project Directors and other staff in the identification and implementation of new legal and advocacy pro bono projects in ways responsive to emerging challenges of our time. This will include identifying innovative opportunities to involve legal volunteers in the organization’s work.
  • Expand pro bono capacity by recruiting and cultivating law students, law school partners, and volunteer attorneys at law firms, bar associations, and in rural areas.
  • Work with the Director of Pro Bono and other staff on the development, implementation, and maintenance of new technology to support pro bono efforts, including a new pro bono database, case and document tracking systems, volunteer portal, and other data management solutions.
  • Assist the Director of Pro Bono with the overall management and administration of the pro bono program.
  • Coordinate and plan with programmatic staff on programs to train Board members and other lawyers on leading civil rights issues.


Experience and Qualifications

  • D. from an accredited law school
  • 2-4 years of legal experience
  • Understanding of civil rights legal issues and ability to work collaboratively to identify strategies and approaches to addressing today’s racial injustice
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and racial justice
  • Strong interpersonal skills and initiative
  • Detail oriented, with strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and prioritize tasks effectively
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Familiarity with law firms, law school clinical programs, or legal services/public interest organizations preferred
  • Admission to the District of Columbia bar or eligibility to seek admission


To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and desired salary range to Podio. No calls will be accepted. The position will remain open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary and benefits are competitive for a nonprofit legal organization.

The Lawyers’ Committee does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, personal appearance, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other status protected under law.

We strongly encourage applications from candidates of color and candidates from underrepresented communities.


Accessibility Assistance: Although calls will not be accepted regarding questions about the position, if you are an individual with a disability and need assistance completing the online application, please call 202-662-8600 and ask for an applicant accommodation or send an email with the subject line “Applicant Accommodation” to [email protected]


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