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Public Interest Consumer Attorney – Boston or Washington, DC – National Consumer Law Center

The National Consumer Law Center is seeking an experienced attorney to work for economic justice for low-income and other disadvantaged communities. As a member of NCLC’s advocacy staff, the attorney will develop and implement strategies that help promote financial stability and asset preservation and combat exploitive practices. The position includes research and writing as well as policy and systemic advocacy at both the national and state levels. Some travel is required for meetings, presentations, and conferences. We will consider applicants for NCLC’s main office in Boston or our branch office in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1969, the National Consumer Law Center® (NCLC) is a nonprofit, public interest advocacy organization that seeks to build economic security and family wealth for low-income and other economically disadvantaged Americans. NCLC is a leading source of legal and public policy expertise on consumer issues for lawyers, federal and state policymakers, consumer advocates, journalists, and front-line service providers. For more information, please see our website at www.nclc.org.

Qualifications
– Minimum of five years of relevant experience as an attorney (post-graduate legal internships and clerkships count towards this requirement).
– Excellent writing and analytical skills, including a demonstrated ability to analyze and write about complex legal and public policy issues.
– Outstanding communication and advocacy skills.
– The ability to think creatively, be strategic, and exercise good judgment.
– The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
– A demonstrated commitment to working on behalf of disadvantaged individuals and communities.
– Experience in consumer law issues is strongly preferred but not required. Examples include credit reporting, banking and payment systems, fintech, highcost small loans, credit cards, car sales and financing, debt collection, criminal justice debt, arbitration, mortgage lending and foreclosures, bankruptcy, student loans, and credit discrimination.

Responsibilities
– Research and write on consumer issues for NCLC legal practice manuals and other publications, as well as shorter policy briefs;
– Write and present regulatory and legislative comments and testimony; meet with and respond to requests from policymakers, other advocacy organizations, industry groups, and the media;
– Provide legal and technical support to private and civil legal aid lawyers, consumer advocates, and government officials;
– Lead workshops and training sessions for lawyers and advocates;
– Develop proactive communication strategies to promote policy goals;
– Develop and manage advocacy projects;
– Contribute to fundraising efforts by obtaining grants and contracts;
– Supervise law students on projects.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is highly competitive with other public interest organizations and is commensurate with experience. NCLC offers an outstanding benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental, life and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, a retirement savings opportunity, and generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, and 4 weeks of vacation per year.

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to careers@nclc.org Subject Line: Consumer Attorney. No phone calls, please. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The National Consumer Law Center is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status, or to other non-work-related factors.