The Law Clerk supports ODC’s appellate attorneys in preparing briefs and oral arguments.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Conducts legal research and drafts memoranda on relevant case law, Board Reports, court rules, D.C. Bar rules, and statutory authority.
- Drafts memoranda on the law and facts applicable to various aspects of cases pending before the Board on Professional Responsibility (BPR) and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (DCCA).
- Maintains familiarity with cases before the BPR and the DCCA and cite checks briefs and other pleadings.
- Drafts motions and other pleadings.
- Cite checks briefs and motions to be filed with the Board and the Court.
- Prepares for and participates in moot courts.
- Participates in staff meeting discussions regarding case dispositions.
- Updates case status, contact information, and counsel information in the case tracking system.
- Manages and maintains form templates and physical and electronic files.
- Assists other administrative staff as needed, including providing occasional front desk coverage.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., at least two weeks after the last dose), have received at least one COVID-19 booster shot, and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by the start date.
- Must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or be enrolled in a J.D. program at an ABA-accredited law school and eligible for outside employment.
- Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
- Strong legal research and analytical skills.
- Advanced skills using legal research tools, particularly Westlaw and PACER. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Proficient in Microsoft 365, particularly Outlook, Word, and ExcelMust Work well in a team environment and interact professionally with staff, hearing committees, witnesses, the BPR, the courts, and the public.
- Must successfully work in a fast-paced environment and consistently manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
- Must work well under pressure, possess excellent time-management and organization abilities, and successfully manage daily tasks.
- Must be adaptable, creative, detail-oriented, deadline-driven, and self-motivated.
- Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
Familiarity with the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct.
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.