Wednesday, October 5, 2022

D.C. Disciplinary Counsel Seeks Senior Appellate Attorney

Job opening posted:


The Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) investigates complaints and allegations of ethical misconduct against attorneys licensed in the District of Columbia, and initiates appropriate resolutions, ranging from dismissals, diversions, and informal admonitions to the preparation of formal charges.  

The Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel – Appellate (SADC-A) is ODC’s chief appellate attorney and represents the ODC in appellate matters before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (DCCA) and its Board on Professional Responsibility (BPR).  The SADC-A manages complex appellate matters, drafts briefs, motions, and other pleadings, and presents oral argument before the DCCA and the BPR.  The SADC-A supervises the appellate division staff.


1.    Reviews and analyzes hearing records, including transcripts and exhibits, and hearing committee and BPR reports and recommendations, and manages complex legal matters and issues of precedential importance.

2.    Drafts and edits briefs, memoranda, motions, and other pleadings for filing with the BPR and the DCCA.

3.    Prepares and presents oral argument before the BPR and the DCCA.

4.    Works collaboratively with litigation attorneys by reviewing draft post-hearing briefs and other pleadings to ensure consistency in the handling of legal issues and compliance with DCCA and BPR requirements and rules for briefs, motions, and oral arguments.

5.    Provides strategic advice and guidance on legal, policy, and administrative matters.

6.   Manages appellate division staff.


1.    Prepares for and participates in moot courts.

2.    Actively participates in staff meeting discussions regarding case dispositions, including charging decisions.

3.    Keeps abreast of developments in the areas of legal ethics and attorney professional responsibility.

4.    Supervises internal CLE classes.

5.    Performs other related duties as assigned.


1.    J.D. from an ABA accredited law school.

2.    Active member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar.

3.    Minimum of seven (7) years of legal experience, appellate experience a plus.

4.    Experience successfully managing and reviewing the work product of attorneys.

5.    Excellent legal research skills using Westlaw, PACER, and other methods.    

6.    Strong oral advocacy, analytical, and problem-solving skills.  The ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner.

7.    Exceptional writing skills.

8.    Ability to make timely and effective decisions.

9.    Effective time-management and organizational skills.

10.    Must be detail-oriented, able to multitask and prioritize competing deadlines, work in a fast-paced environment, and work with minimal supervision.

11.    Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Outlook.

12.    Must work well in a team environment and interact professionally with staff, hearing committees, the BPR, the courts, opposing counsel, and the public.

13.    Familiarity with the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct a plus

14.    Ability to maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information.


This is an exempt position.  The annual salary range for the SADC-A position is $170,000 - $190,000.  Pay is determined by a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, education and/or work experience relevant to the position.  Excellent benefits package.

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 proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

Flexible and hybrid work schedules consistent with the needs of the ODC are available.  

Interested individuals must submit a cover letter with salary requirements, a resume, and two writing samples.  Documents in PDF format are preferred but not required.  Applications that do not include the required documents will not be considered.

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