Temporary Staff Attorney
About Mother’s Outreach Network
Mother’s Outreach Network, Inc., based in Washington DC, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that works to advance racial economic justice and family strength for mothers of color who are among the most marginalized, primarily Black mothers. MON’s mission is to support D.C. mothers in pushing for their families’ economic stability while navigating family separation through the child welfare/family regulation system or the criminal legal system. Centering its analysis in Critical Race Theory, MON uses movement-lawyering strategies that will build parents’ power to transform systems and that will aid in harm reduction against impacted constituents. MON does so through three primary programs:
– The legal program, which provides representation, advice and referrals for mothers who are facing adverse administrative decisions that impede their economic security, with a focus on fair hearings before the DC Child and Family Services Agency;
– The advocacy program, which seeks to transform income and child welfare/family regulation system policy at the local and federal level; and
– The community engagement program, which includes know-your-rights workshops in law and civic activism, as well as mutual aid, and community-driven research.
Mother’s Outreach Network is seeking a Temporary Staff Attorney for an initial six months, with the possibility of an extension depending on additional grant funding. The position will be responsible for systemic legal and policy advocacy work in several practice areas, including Child Protection Register representation, public benefits, and the low-income tax clinic concentrated on refundable tax credits. The Systemic Staff Attorney will also conduct legal research for our advocacy and policy projects. The position reports to the Executive Director of Mother’s Outreach Network.
The Staff Attorney may be required to:
– Conduct legal and policy research and produce detailed reports and memoranda.
– Participate in meetings with DC City Council and administration officials.
– Help coordinate community education, outreach, our legal clinics, and clinic operations.
This includes responding to constituents questions.
– Represent and provide other legal services to mothers who have been placed on DC Child
and Family Services Agency’s Child Protection Register. This includes conducting client
intakes, client interviews, case-related investigations, and referrals, performing discovery,
participating in mediations and hearings, communicating with clients, coordinating follow-up
with constituents, and recruiting and supervising pro bono attorneys and other legal
– Assist with grant applications and grant reports.
– Other duties as assigned and as supported by funding.
– The candidate must possess a Juris Doctor, and have or be able to obtain, DC Bar membership;
– 1 – 3 years of litigation experience or of providing direct legal services, preferably within a nonprofit setting;
– Experience in policy advocacy a plus;
– Demonstrated commitment to intersectional gender and racial justice;
– Poverty-centered focus with an interest in racial equity analysis and how these issues impact no and low-income Black mothers;
– Experience representing Black families in the child welfare system a plus;
– The ability to work independently as well as part of a team;
– Trauma-informed and culturally competent, sensitive and compassionate advocacy skills;
– Strong work ethic;
– Excellent legal research and writing skills;
– Creative and passionate for multidisciplinary holistic approaches to achieve social justice;
– Ability to juggle multiple tasks at a time and to thrive in a fast-paced environment;
– Enthusiasm to learn, take direction, and accept constructive feedback;
– Ability to work and meet with others in a virtual environment;
– Commitment to the organization’s mission and values.
This is a temporary position, and the salary is $60,000 per year at a pro rata rate for the six months and possibly renewable if extended contingent upon grant funding.
If you are interested, please email a resume, a list of three professional references, a writing sample, and a cover letter that describes why you are interested in this position and how your work history and goals relate to the position, to Melody Webb at. Mother’s Outreach Network is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and insist on equity and inclusion in our work environment and in the world. If you have the passion for our mission and have the skill sets to help us fulfill this mission, we welcome you as you are. Visit for more information about the organization