Staff Attorney Opening

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) located in Washington, D.C. has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney for its D.C. practice. The D.C. staff attorney will primarily be responsible for working on issues related to housing and community development, and with D.C. victims of crime.

The APALRC is a non-profit legal services organization dedicated to advancing the legal and civil rights of Asian Pacific Islanders in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia through legal services, education, and advocacy. The mission of the APALRC is to provide linguistically accessible and culturally appropriate legal services to low-income Asian Pacific Islander immigrants to ensure their access to government services and the legal system to protect and enforce their rights and to seek full participation in American society. The APALRC provides legal services in a wide range of legal issues including abuse prevention, employment, family, housing, immigration, public assistance and community development matters.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • 0-3 years of legal experience, preferably with a background in housing and community development law, and in  working with victims of crime.
  • Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia required. Out-of-State attorneys must be able to waive  into the District of Columbia bar and/or be available to sit for the next scheduled bar examination following  date of employment.
  • Licensed to practice law in Maryland and/or Virginia, or able to waive into the Maryland or Virginia Bar  strongly preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice advocacy
  • Experience working with immigrant communities, particularly the Asian Pacific Islander immigrant community, low-income individuals and those with limited English proficiency strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in an Asian language, particularly Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Hindi or Urdu strongly preferred.

Task and Duties:

  • Provide legal assistance in the areas of housing and community development, and crime victim rights.
  • Conduct walk-in intake sessions at community-based organizations in the District of Columbia 
  • Conduct Know Your Rights seminars on legal topics in the areas of housing, community development and other  legal topics relevant to the Asian immigrant community. 
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with private attorneys to promote pro bono opportunities. 
  • Maintain partnerships with local government, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and  other entities in the District of Columbia to promote the APALRC and its legal services. 
  • Participate in outreach events to promote the APALRC and its legal services. 

Salary and Benefits:  The attorney will be paid in accordance with the APALRC’s attorney salary scale.  The APALRC offers a generous health and fringe benefits package.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and work experience, along with a
résumé, brief writing sample (5-10 pages), and three professional references to Naznin Saifi at No telephone inquiries, please.

APALRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.