Parole Staff Attorney

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Open Date: Dec 15, 2022
Position Type: Full-time
Job Vacancy #: PDS 2022-41

About The Job

PDS Overview:

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees. PDS provides legal representation to individuals who are facing a loss of liberty in criminal, delinquency, and mental health legal matters in the local District of Columbia legal system but who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation. PDS’s approximately 200 attorneys, social workers, investigators, and administrative and technical staff collaborate with each other to advance the PDS mission. PDS’s main office is located at 633 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. District of Columbia residency is not a requirement for employment. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in the federal health and life insurance plans, the federal retirement plans, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. Employment at the Public Defender Service is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment, and all employees are at-will.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: The PDS COVID-19 vaccination policy requires as a condition of employment that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive from PDS a reasonable accommodation due to a disability or sincere religious belief. If you are offered a position and decide to join PDS, then before starting work at PDS you will be required either (A) to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative or (B) to request and receive an accommodation due to disability of sincere religious belief.

Work Schedule: This is a full-time permanent on-site position with some remote work. The exact mix of in-person and remote work will depend on the needs of the Division, assignments that must be performed in person (e.g., court hearings, client visits in detention facilities), and office space availability. For this position, it will be the responsibility of the attorney to ensure that any remote work they perform complies with the ethical and practice requirements of the remote jurisdiction.

Division Overview:

This position is in the Parole Division of the Public Defender Service, which provides legal representation to parolees in the District of Columbia and those who are committed and detained in the District of Columbia Jail and CCA/Correctional Treatment Facility. The Parole Division represents alleged supervised release/parole violators throughout the revocation process, probable cause hearings, and at final revocation hearings before the United States Parole Commission. The Division files parole related civil actions in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia and the United States District Court to protect the Constitutional and statutory rights of clients.

Position Description:

Reporting to the Chief of the Parole Division, the staff attorney will represent parolees in revocation matters before the U.S. Parole Commission, coordinating with PDS trial attorneys and social workers when needed. The attorney will report and track cases through the PDS case management system, provide monthly case statistics and respond to ‘duty day’ requests from parolees and community actors. The parole staff attorney may also supervise clinical law students directly representing parole clients in the revocation process.

Required Qualifications:

  • J.D. or equivalent degree by May 2022
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral persuasion skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to serving low income populations, and preferably to serving criminalized populations as a public defender or parole attorney.
  • A willingness to practice in a holistic team defense model of advocacy.
  • Membership in the District of Columbia Bar or eligibility to apply for admission to the D.C. Bar at the time you submit your application. See D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 46(b)(1). D.C. Bar membership or eligibility to apply for admission to the D.C. Bar should be specifically addressed in the cover letter.
  • Fluency in Spanish or a second language is preferred.

Pay Series:

PDS-11/12/13/14 (GS-11/12/13 Equivalent)
Starting Salary Range: $79,945 - $106,823

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume that includes a list of three references (name, address, telephone number, and a statement of how each reference is able to evaluate your skills); (3) a legal writing sample, preferably a brief or other advocacy piece; and (4) an unofficial law school transcript or list of courses and grades*. Please submit your application materials as a consolidated PDF through the PDS website at "Apply NOW." 

*Finalists will be required to provide an official law school transcript prior to employment.

This job announcement is open until filled.

 

If you have any questions about the position, application or hiring process, please contact Jennifer Thomas, Director of Legal Recruiting at (202) 480-0385 or [email protected]


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Disclaimer

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization; governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, PDS provides legal representation to individuals facing a loss of freedom in the local criminal, delinquency, and mental health systems in the District of Columbia. PDS’s approximately 235 attorneys, social workers, investigative specialists, administrative, and technical staff collaborate with each other to advance the PDS mission. PDS’s main office is located at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. District of Columbia residency is not a requirement for employment. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in the federal health and life insurance plans, the federal retirement plans (FERS, FERS-RAE, FERS-FRAE, CSRS, CSRS-Offset), and the Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. Employment at PDS is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment, and all employees are at-will.

PDS is an E-Verify participating agency. Please see the Right to Work Poster and the E-Verify Participation Poster for more information.

 

PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participant.