The District of Columbia Bar has an opening for the position of Staff Attorney, Member & Policy Specialist. This position maintains and coordinates the compliance aspect of the DC Bar Communities Policies and Procedures on behalf of the various communities. The Staff Attorney works with Communities leadership and membership through the elections process, provides leadership training, and enhances member engagement through newsletters, public statements and virtual communities. This position reports to the Director, Communities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
Responds to inquiries about compliance with the Communities Policies and Procedures for community leaders and other volunteers.
Serves as the first point of contact on compliance inquiries and interpretation issues.
Develops, implements and monitors rules and procedures for the Communities.
Drafts and edits memoranda, correspondence, reports, agendas and any minutes related to Communities Committee meetings. Distributes/archives community steering committee meeting agendas and distributes any correspondence.
Makes logistical and other arrangements for Communities Committee meetings, attends and provides assistance at meetings, and keeps attendance records.
Oversees maintenance of files and indexes of Communities Committee.
Prepares and oversees the distribution of public statements for clearance process.
Develops and prepares materials and exercises for volunteer training, Oversees the administration of the Community Steering Committee Elections.
Assists with production, editing and coordination of Community-wide publications and the D.C. Practice Manual.
Maintains all the Communities Web pages and oversees, monitors and facilitates member engagement in the D.C. Connect Virtual Community.
Reviews, edits and proofreads all Communities publications.
Maintains and ensures the accuracy and confidentiality of Communities records.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Corresponds with D.C. Bar members, the general public, and committee members about relevant D.C. Bar services, policies, and procedures.
Works with technological resources utilized by Community members such as virtual communities and document posting platforms; serves as the liaison between the Community member and the IT staff.
Oversees the maintaining of archives for the all Communities and Communities Committee.
Prepares materials for the Communities Committee and any other taskforce and/or committee related work.
Performs other duties as assigned.
JD from an ABA accredited law school. An active member of the D.C. Bar or eligible to become an active D.C. Bar member.
A successful candidate who is not an active member of the D.C. Bar must apply for admission to the Bar within two months of beginning employment with the Bar.
Three to five years of relevant work experience, with experience in a nonprofit or a regulatory environment strongly preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to summarize information clearly and accurately in written communications.
Must work well under pressure, have excellent organizational abilities, be able to set and meet deadlines, be able to manage several priorities in a day; must be adaptable, creative and self-motivated.
Excellent analytical skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills. Must work well in a team environment and be able to interact with Bar members, volunteers, the public, and Bar employees.
Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
The starting salary is commensurate with experience. This is an exempt position. The D.C. Bar has an excellent fringe benefits package.
This is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. It is recognized that job duties may change over time.
The D.C. Bar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter including salary requirements and resume.
Additional Salary Information: The DC Bar offers an excellent benefits package.
About The District of Columbia Bar
The District of Columbia Bar, created by the D.C. Court of Appeals in 1972, is among the largest unified bars in the United States. The precipitating force for the D.C. Bar's creation was the legal community's desire to have a single organization that could uphold the ethical standards and rules of professional conduct.
Today the Bar's mission is to provide service to the profession, the courts, and the community. The purposes of the Bar are to aid the court in carrying on and improving the administration of justice; to foster and maintain high ideals of integrity, learning, competence in public service, and high standards of conduct; to safeguard the proper professional interest of the members of the Bar; to encourage the formation and activities of volunteer bar associations; to provide a forum for and to publish information relating to the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and the relations of the Bar to the public; and to carry on a continuing program of legal research and education and make reports and recommendations in the technical fields of substantive law, practice and procedure, so that the public... responsibility of the legal professional is more effectively discharged.
As a result of a member referendum, Bar dues may only be used to support the admission and continued registration of lawyers, lawyer discipline, the operation of the Clients' Security Fund, and certain administrative operations. All other Bar activities are supported by voluntary contributions, user fees, and other nondues sources of income.
The Bar is governed by a 23-member board of governors that reflects the diversity of the membership, including lawyers in public interest organizations, in government agencies, in large firms, in small firms, and in solo practice.