Job Title: Attorney , Trial
Office: Office of the General Counsel
Date Posted: 10/5/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $118,319 - $134,103
NTE Date: N/A
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The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for providing expert advice of counsel and legal representation to DCPS' Chancellor, Central Office, principals, and other school-based staff to help ensure that all DCPS students, regardless of background or circumstance, receive a world-class education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life. Major practice areas in OGC include: Labor and Employment, General Practice, and Litigation, which includes Special Education due process litigation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
The Trial Attorney will represent DCPS at administrative hearings, make policy recommendations to DCPS leadership, and provide legal advice and counseling to stakeholders across the school system, including principals and other administrators. The Trial Attorney will work with a focus on special education due process litigation as well as labor and employment. The Trial Attorney may also work on other legal matters given the requirement of the client to handle a diverse body of work.
The Attorney , Trial will report to the Deputy General Counsel.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
- Advises clients in the interpretation of relevant laws, including, but not limited to, federal and district labor and employment laws and at times the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
- Manages a varying caseload, including union grievances, employee misconduct and termination cases, residency fraud complaints, and special education due process complaints and student disciplinary matters.
- Provides advice and counsel to school-based staff on a variety of special education and labor and employment matters and other general issues.
- Prepares and presents legal memoranda and opinions on matters upon request by the client.
- Represents DCPS in administrative hearings in various fora, including, but not limited to: Office of Employee Appeals, Office of Human Rights, Office of Administrative Hearings, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, grievance hearings before hearing officers and arbitrators, and at times before the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) hearing officers.
- Participates in the formulation and development of policies and procedures.
- Monitors trends and recommends appropriate corrective action.
- Conducts and presents legal research on the impact of new and proposed legislation on the interests of DCPS.
- Communicates with DCPS administrators, other attorneys, and outside organizations to coordinate activities, resolve issues and conflicts, and exchange information.
- Coordinates with the DC Office of Attorney General (OAG) litigation counsel in cases pending before DC Superior and US District and Circuit Courts, including, but not limited to, assisting in preparation of discovery responses.
- Juris Doctor and at least three years of legal experience.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- Member of the District of Columbia bar or the ability to become a member within six months of hire.
- Previous experience litigating labor and employment matters preferred.
- Previous experience litigating cases under the IDEA preferred.
- Demonstrated mastery and use of judgment in the application of law to complex fact patterns.
- Demonstrated skill in fact-finding, analysis, problem solving, writing, oral advocacy and presentation, consulting, and conflict resolution techniques to identify problems and recommend solutions.
- STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.