This position is with the District of Columbia Criminal Code Reform Commission (the Commission). The Council of the District of Columbia (the Council) established the Commission in 2016 to recommend comprehensive reforms to improve the clarity, consistency, and proportionality of District criminal statutes.
This position functions as an Attorney Advisor for the Commission, responsible for researching, developing, and advancing proposed code reforms. The Attorney Advisor provides legal advice and services to the Commission on average to difficult code reform matters.
Duties and Responsibilities
Conducts extensive legal research related to revision of the District’s criminal code and provides detailed oral or written opinions with respect to proposed actions, alternative actions and hypothetical situations related to revision of the criminal code. Drafts proposed revisions to the D.C. criminal code along with explanatory legal and policy analyses. Ensures that all proposed changes are fully researched and briefed. Draws legal conclusions and renders clear, effective and precise presentations to the Executive Director and Code Revision Advisory Group (CRAG) members, usually in writing.
Examines and analyzes proposed legislation and other legal documents from various sources for legal sufficiency, both as to the form and substance of rulemaking decisions. Performs the aforementioned research and provides oral or written opinions resulting from such analysis. Prepares memoranda on legal questions and proposals and drafts tentative documents for consideration by the Executive Director and CRAG members. Assists other Commission staff members in fulfilling the Commission's mandates. Keeps abreast of judicial, agency, and other changes in laws and regulations related to the functions of the Commission. Recommends appropriate courses of action to the Executive Director, as deemed necessary.
Qualifications and Education
Juris Doctorate (JD) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) at the time of appointment.
Must be an active member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar, or eligible for waiver into the bar. (If eligible for waiver, incumbent must successfully obtain admission to the D.C. Bar within one year of commencing employment).
Lawyers with 1-5 years of post-graduate experience are encouraged to apply. Lawyers with a minimum of two (2) years of experience practicing in criminal law may be eligible for appointment to a higher grade.
Licenses and Certifications
Must be an active member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or have the ability to waive in and be admitted within 360 days of appointment.
Work is predominately sedentary; however, some walking. standing, and bending are encountered. The work is primarily performed in a typical office setting.
Applicant will be subject to the domiciliary requirements for Excepted Service appointees, who must be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment or become domiciled in the District of Columbia within 180 days after appointment and maintain such domicile for the duration of his or her appointment.
Other Significant Facts
Salary Range for the Position: $62,723 – $109,766
Applicants should be available to begin work in December 2019.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume directly to our agency at [email protected].
Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The District of Columbia is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the DC Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code § 2-1401.01.