Staff Attorney – Criminal Justice and Institutions

Staff Attorney – Criminal Justice and Institutions

Position Announcement

A PDF version of this position announcement is available here.

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Washington, D.C., is seeking an experienced staff attorney to provide training and technical assistance to Protection and Advocacy (P&A) program staff in involving adults with disabilities who are, or at risk of coming within, the criminal justice system; and in identifying and responding to the abuse and neglect of persons with disabilities who reside in institutions.

Specifically, the staff attorney will assist the Protection and Advocacy network with the following:

  • The conditions of prisons and jails, services, diversion, re-entry and recidivism for adults with disabilities who are incarcerated or at risk of incarceration; and
  • The prevention, identification and response to abuse and neglect of persons with disabilities in institutions through monitoring and investigations.

Who We Are:

NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. The P&A System is collectively the largest provider of legal services to persons with disabilities in the United States, and has a unique authority to conduct monitoring and investigations where services and supports are provided to people with disabilities.

NDRN provides training, technical assistance, and legal support to the P&A agencies, which are located in every state, U.S. territory, and for a consortium of Native American tribes. NDRN is also involved in legislative advocacy to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Deliver direct technical assistance to support P&A attorneys and advocates to pursue federally mandated advocacy activities primarily involving 1) adult criminal justice issues for persons with disabilities; and 2) identifying and responding to the abuse or neglect of persons with disabilities who reside in institutions. Technical assistance may involve providing advice on litigation strategies along with other advocacy approaches.
  • Develop, coordinate, and conduct remote and in-person trainings to meet the identified training needs of P&A staff to enhance and expand their ability to protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Create, update, and maintain relevant training and technical assistance resources and participate on relevant forums in areas assigned.
  • Broker expertise among the P&As and work with outside experts to promote sharing of resources and quality of services across the network.
  • Develop and expand collaborations with appropriate federal agencies and other national advocacy organizations.
  • Draft proposals and develop position papers regarding relevant regulations, policies, practices and funding opportunities designed to support the work of P&As and protect the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Consult with and advise the executive director and other NDRN staff on relevant policy issues.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to support NDRN special projects and grants.
  • Contribute to and prepare articles and reports that enhance the image and visibility of the P&A System and promote collaboration with other disability organizations and state and federal policy makers.
  • Compile and draft reports concerning technical assistance, training, and collaborative work in order to demonstrate the efficacy of the network and our agency.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school, with a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in legal practice. Good standing to practice law in at least one state or the District of Columbia.
  • Knowledge of disability rights and adult criminal justice systems.
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and social justice.
  • Knowledge or experience monitoring or investigating for abuse and neglect or rights violations, or conducting quality assurance reviews, in facilities, institutions or prison/jails involving persons with disabilities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Excellent legal research and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including but not limited to sensitivity to other people and the ability to work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with non-profit legal services programs, with knowledge of the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System a plus.
  • Litigation experience in federal court.
  • Understanding of institutional accreditation standards or federal conditions of participation in the Medicaid and Medicare program, and public benefits programs applicable to persons with disabilities.
  • Experience presenting and training with large and small groups to convey specialized content to adult learners.

The position requires some travel and occasional work on weekends. The position will be located at NDRN’s office in Washington, D.C

Compensation and Benefits:

NDRN offers a competitive salary, based on experience. Benefits include health plan; Flexible Spending Account; transit and parking benefits; 403(b) retirement plan; paid vacation and sick leave, and at least ten paid holidays.

How To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to David Hutt, Deputy Executive Director for Legal Services, NDRN, via e-mail to [email protected], (Subject: Open Staff Attorney); or through mail to 820 First Street, NE, Suite 740, Washington, DC 20002. No phone calls please. Closing date: February 5, 2020. Candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit a writing sample.

NDRN is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.