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Howard University Mission
Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.
Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) represents the University in all legal proceedings and provides legal advice to the President, Board of Trustees, Administration, Academic units, Hospital and clinical medical practice on a broad array of legal issues.
This attorney works in a variety of areas, with a focus on defending the University and its employees in litigation and provides advice, counsel, and representation in tort, contract, commercial and employment matters before administrative agencies, and in the trial and appellate Courts of the District of Columbia.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Interacts daily with the General Counsel and staff of the OGC, attorneys in private firms, outside counsel for the University, Federal and District of Columbia courts and administrative agencies, and other third parties. Regularly interacts with and advises staff in University offices and the Hospital, University administrators, and faculty.
Litigator responsible for representing the University in judicial and administrative legal proceedings, including complex and precedent-setting administrative and judicial employment and education litigation. Must be able to handle all aspects of litigation for the University including hearings, meetings, depositions and other forums related to University legal matters.
Responsibility for advice, counsel and litigation of a full range of federal and local legal issues related to employment, tort, contract, commercial, student and faculty affairs, Title VII, Title IX, FLSA, ADA and wage and hour laws. Requires the ability and aptitude to maintain a high level of expertise in employment law, civil practice, and legal issues related to higher education.
Provide advice and counsel to University administrators, including the Office of Human Resources, Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost, the Title IX Office, the Hospital and the Faculty Practice Plan.
Handle administrative matters before the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the D.C. Office of Human Rights and other federal and local governmental agencies.
Help the OGC enhance legal support for University administrators responsible for compliance matters and prepare and participate in training and preventative training and presentations for University administrators, faculty, chairs, deans, managers and staff. Participates in other legal projects as requested by the General Counsel or University administrators.
Advises senior administrators on matters in anticipation of litigation and prepares responses to attorney demand letters; collaborates with University Risk Management on insurance coverage of pre-litigation and litigation matters including coverage, indemnification and related issues.
Conducts legal research and prepares related memoranda and pleadings.
Gathers information needed to respond to claims and litigation and works with staff from other areas of the University to gather information and documents needed to respond to legal matters.
Drafts and negotiates, settlements of claims, pre-litigation disputes other agreements consistent with University policy.
Prepares legal documents such as responses to demands and charges and information requests, answers, motions, discovery, appellate briefs, agreements, opinions, and advisory memoranda.
Reviews, for legal implications and possible legal policy questions, documents from other University offices. Also assists in the development of documents and policies with legal implications.
Responds to University officials' requests for advice in areas of responsibility. Also serves as OGC resource on current status of law and emerging legal developments in areas of responsibility.
Provides legal expertise and otherwise represents the OGC in meetings with University officials and individuals outside the University.
Establish working relationship with administrators, leaders, staff and other employees in order to act as a trusted advisor and encourage the proactive use of in-house legal counsel as a preventative measure.
Actual first-chair trial, hearing and deposition experience, including substantial work in the areas of employment discrimination and breach of contract.
Excellent oral and written advocacy skills.
Ability to work independently and productively under pressure, set priorities, adhere to and enforce deadlines, and to project need for and effectuate team efforts required to meet deadlines.
Ability to plan, direct and conduct independent computerized legal research and related analyses.
Ability to plan, direct, and conduct investigations and to develop related recommendations.
Ability to argue, listen and negotiate effectively.
Ability to identify need for action and to plan, oversee, and personally carry out appropriate assignments with minimal guidance or supervision.
Ability to follow policies and guidance and to provide effective guidance.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious and effective work relations with students, staff, faculty, University officials and the general public.
Competence in both oral and written English.
Ability to draft, review, revise and edit documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Ability to e-file with Courts and administrative agencies.
Ability to provide training and guidance to internal University clients.
Regular in-person attendance is an essential function of this position.
Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
Membership or eligibility for membership in the District of Columbia Bar; no prior legal discipline by any bar.
Minimum of 5 years of increasing legal experience in litigation, with substantial experience in employment discrimination, breach of contract and tort law.
First chair litigation experience, including motions practice, depositions and actual trial experience is required.
Ability to work independently, exercise initiative and function effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple and changing priorities and objectives.
Preference is for some experience to have been obtained while in a major law firm.
Preference for experience representing or working for non-profit organizations, public institutions, public sector clients and/or institutions of higher education.
Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 202-806-1280.