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Staff Attorney - Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel (MOLC)




OPEN:  June 10, 2020

CLOSE:  Open until filled

SALARY RANGE/GRADE:    Excepted Service Grade 8 ($97,434 to $146,152)



The Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel (MOLC) was established pursuant to D.C. Law 20-60, the Elected Attorney General Implementation and Legal Service Establishment Amendment Act of 2013. The mission of the MOLC is to provide legal and policy advice to the Mayor and District government agencies, particularly through its work in conjunction with the agency general counsel and the supervisory and line attorneys working under them. The MOLC provides direct legal counsel to the Mayor, the Deputy Mayors, and District agencies. Other duties of the MOLC include coordinating the hiring, compensation, training, and resolution of significant personnel-related issues for subordinate agency counsel in conjunction with agency directors; resolving interagency legal issues for the Mayor; overseeing the representation of agencies in investigative matters before the executive branch of the federal government, Congress, or the Council of the District of Columbia; and supervising outside counsel in matters where the Office of the Attorney General is recused from a matter or otherwise not available.


The Associate Director serves as a senior attorney in the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel, reporting to the Deputy Director and Director of the MOLC. The Associate Director will have demonstrated knowledge, training, and experience in analyzing complex legal issues. The duties of the position include overseeing the work of junior staff attorneys.


  • Coordinates legal support with attorneys in District government agencies, and attorneys and executive personnel in the Executive Office of the Mayor. Provides resolution of inter-agency legal conflicts.
  • Reviews legal documents, contracts, legislation, regulations, and case law in connection with advising the District government. 
  • Prepares legal documents on complex and substantive matters of an urgent nature, providing summary analyses of issues, and recommendations for consideration. Develops and comments on briefs, memoranda, summaries and other written work product setting forth analysis, advice, and recommendations.
  • Consults with and advises supervisors, management and officials regarding legal matters affecting the District. Provides direction to junior Staff Attorneys with respect to legal writing and research assignments.
  • Drafts FOIA appeals decisions. Provides guidance on and edits junior Staff Attorneys’ draft FOIA appeal decisions.
  • Conducts extensive and detailed research of legal documents dealing with proposed laws and amendments to existing laws to assure conformance with legal requirements.  Prepares analysis of policy options and recommendations.
  • Performs research and provides recommendations regarding the creation of policies affecting District agencies. Assists Director with discipline and other personnel matters involving subordinate agency counsel.
  • Keeps abreast of laws and regulations related to the functions of the office, and ensures management is aware of significant or sensitive matters. 
  • Performs other related duties as required.



  • JD required. Must be an active member in good standing of the bar of the District of Columbia. Must have at least one (1) years of experience practicing law.
  • Experience with freedom of information law, particularly the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act, is strongly preferred.
  • The successful candidate will have substantial knowledge of District Government laws, policies, and procedures; mastery in legal writing and analysis; interest and experience in managing junior attorneys; and excellent judgment. 
  • Interested candidates must submit a resume and a short writing sample. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.



There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.



Candidates interested, must complete this application process.  No letters or calls of endorsement are required.



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