Washington Lawyers’ Committee

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs works to create legal, economic, and social equity through litigation, client and public education, and public policy advocacy with a primary focus on racial justice. For the last 50 years, the Committee has been on the cutting edge of civil rights advocacy in the region bringing precedent setting litigation to address discrimination. For more information on the Committee go to

General Job Description

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs seeks an experienced attorney to develop and conduct impact litigation and related advocacy regarding police misconduct and discrimination in the criminal legal system. The Committee has a record of litigating cases involving excessive force, illegal stops and searches, suppression of First Amendment rights, and abusive interactions between persons with disabilities and law enforcement. We work closely with organizers in impacted communities.

The police misconduct docket is part of a larger initiative to re-imagine the criminal legal system and address the criminalization of communities of color and persons living in poverty. In addition to our policing work, the Committee brings litigation to address prisoners’ rights, re-entry, and collateral consequences of arrest and conviction. Cases are co-counseled with members of the private bar.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Passion for civil rights and racial equity advocacy.
  • Civil rights litigation and/or criminal defense experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal analytical work.
  • Substantial writing experience, including drafting persuasive pleadings, motions and memoranda. Appellate writing experience a plus.
  • Experience with complex discovery, including the drafting and review of written discovery, conducting and defending depositions, and discovery related litigation.
  • Experience working with consultants and experts.
  • Experience leading or second chairing trials.
  • Experience working with community-based organizations and organizers.
  • J.D. degree; membership or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar. Virginia or Maryland Bar membership a plus.

How to Apply

Please email a letter detailing your interest, a resume, and brief writing sample to: Please place “[your name] –  Police Litigation Attorney” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position with remain open until filled.

Salary is DOE, based on the Committee’s salary scale attached.

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is an essential component of the Committee, and we encourage all qualified persons to apply. Applicants are accorded an equal opportunity for selection without regard to 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, matriculation, or political affiliation.

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