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Relman, Dane & Colfax is accepting applications for a counsel or associate position in its Civil Rights Counseling group in the firm's Washington, DC office.   


The firm seeks applicants to work on cutting-edge civil rights and consumer protection issues in its Civil Rights Counseling practice.  The counsel or associate will provide legal and strategic advice on the most important civil rights and consumer protection issues facing institutions today, with an emphasis on fair lending and fair housing. The Civil Rights Counseling practice develops and encourages best-in-class practices for a range of issues, including increasing access to responsible credit for historically underserved populations and promoting techniques to address algorithmic bias. The counsel or associate will interact with clients and government officials, and collaborate with statistical experts. Although attorneys in this practice are not primarily responsible for litigation, the firm’s Civil Rights Counseling and Litigation practices are symbiotic and the counsel or associate may have the opportunity to provide strategic advice or other support for the firm’s litigation work.

Experience and Qualifications

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and/or consumer protection; strong academic credentials; superior research, writing, and verbal skills; and the ability to balance a varied work load.  Familiarity with statistical methods is a benefit, but not required. 

How To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, a resume, one legal writing sample, a law school transcript, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references by mail to Dana Melnik, Relman, Dane & Colfax, 1225 19th Street N.W., Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20036 or by email to, with the subject line “Civil Rights Counseling Position.”  For all telephone inquiries, please contact Dana Melnik at (202) 728-1888.  The legal writing sample should reflect the applicant’s own work without significant revision from others.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  

Relman, Dane & Colfax is an equal opportunity employer that maintains a supportive, equitable environment. We encourage applications from all individuals without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, family responsibilities, age, personal appearance, matriculation, disability, medical condition, genetic information, political affiliation, military or veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. We encourage applications from people who identify with historically underserved or underrepresented communities.

Relman, Dane & Colfax also provides reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. Any applicant who needs an accommodation in the application process should contact:

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