The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) has an immediate opening for an Assistant Disciplinary Counsel (ADC). The ADC investigates and prosecutes alleged attorney misconduct and reinstatement petitions, from initial investigation through hearing and appeals. The ADC must be an attorney in good standing licensed to practice in the District of Columbia or eligible to waive into the District of Columbia. This position reports to the Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel-Intake.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Investigates allegations of attorney misconduct by interviewing witnesses, issuing subpoenas, reviewing documents and court filings, and conducting legal research and analysis.
1. Prepares written letters and memoranda of the factual findings and recommendations for appropriate disposition.
2. Represents the ODC in formal, administrative proceedings before hearing committees, including: developing case presentation strategy; drafting pleadings; presenting documentary evidence at administrative hearings; examining witnesses; and, where appropriate, negotiating with respondent attorneys to resolve the matter.
3. Prepares post-hearing and appellate briefs and delivers oral arguments before the Board on Professional Responsibility and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
4. Prepares and presents ethics and attorney discipline-related programs for continuing legal education.
5. Participates in legal staff meeting discussions and moot courts.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs other duties as assigned.
1. J.D. degree from an accredited law program. Must be a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible to waive into the D.C. Bar.
2. Minimum five years of litigation experience.
3. Successful trial advocacy and courtroom skills.
4. Ability to identify factual and legal issues; collect, interpret and analyze large volumes of data; and establish facts and draw valid conclusions or develop alternative solutions.
5. Excellent organizational skills, with an ability to work on numerous projects simultaneously.
6. Excellent verbal and written skills; strong legal analytical skills and problem-solving ability.
7. Must work well in a team environment and be able to constructively interact with colleagues, hearing committee and board members, judges, opposing counsel, and members of the public.
8. Ability to work well under pressure and to set and manage multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
9. Must be able to multi-task, be detail oriented, deadline driven, and able to work in a fast- paced environment.
10. Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office 365 and online legal research tools.
11. Ability to handle and maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
Starting salary is commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package. This is an exempt position.
This is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. It is recognized that job duties may change over time based on the ODC’s needs. The ODC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, résumé, and two writing samples by no later than November 5, 2020.
About District of Columbia Bar
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (formerly known as the Office of Bar Counsel) was created in 1972 as a result of the Court Reorganization Act, which established the D.C. Court of Appeals. Pursuant to Rule XI of the D.C. Court of Appeals Rules Governing the Bar, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel serves as the chief prosecutor for attorney disciplinary matters involving active or inactive attorneys who are members of the D.C. Bar. In this capacity, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel functions to (1) protect the public and the courts; (2) maintain the integrity of the legal profession; and (3) deter attorneys from engaging in misconduct.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel investigates complaints and allegations of ethical misconduct and initiates appropriate resolutions, ranging from dismissals, diversions, and informal admonitions, to the preparation of formal charges.
In cases in which charges are formally presented by petition, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel prosecutes the charges before a hearing committee, the Board on Professional Responsibility, and ultimately. the D.C. Court of Appeals.