People with disabilities, people of color, formerly institutionalized or incarcerated, and those from other oppressed groups and all protected classes are strongly encouraged to apply. Disability Rights Washington looks forward to reviewing all applicants, including applicants who have concerns about how accepting this job could affect their eligibility for Medicaid or other programs.

Disability Rights Washington seeks an attorney in its newly created Rights Investigation and Accountability program. The Rights Investigation and Accountability program investigates the extent to which individuals with disabilities retain their basic rights to make personal and financial decisions and how people in positions to assist them in exercising those rights respect, protect, and facilitate the individual’s expressed interests. At the program’s launch, it will focus primarily on whether people who assist Social Security Beneficiaries manage their funds are complying with federal regulations designed to guard against financial exploitation and other forms of abuse and following the expressed wishes of the Social Security Beneficiaries about how to prioritize the spending of their benefits.


This position is in Disability Rights Washington’s Seattle office.



The attorney will travel across Washington to meet with people in their homes or the facilities in which they reside to ask them about how well their rights are respected and protected by the professionals supporting them. The attorney will also meet with those professionals and review records maintained on behalf of the individual with a disability. Pertinent information will be compiled and documented in a standardized format. These investigations will inform subsequent advocacy carried out by the Rights Investigation and Accountability program or one of Disability Rights Washington’s other programs in order to address any suspected financial exploitation, neglect, abuse, or civil rights violations.

Other responsibilities will include analyzing information, commenting on regulations, writing reports and educating policy makers. The attorney will also assist individuals they meet with to become better self-advocates by providing them with information about their rights and methods for enforcing those rights.



Disability Rights Washington works to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. We do this to further our mission, which is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities.  Therefore, the ideal candidate has personal and professional experience working on behalf of marginalized communities generally or for people with disabilities specifically.  The ideal candidate also has a disability and/or represents diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Bilingual fluency in certain languages is also an asset.  Relevant experience may include civil rights or Social Security related advocacy, work in the criminal justice system, and investigations.  A law degree from an accredited school of law and current good standing with the Washington State Bar Association at the time of assuming the position or shortly thereafter are required. The attorney must be an organized, self-motivated professional who is able to work collaboratively with other staff to engage in creative, multimodal advocacy strategies to achieve social justice for people with disabilities.  Strong research, writing, and oral communication skills are required.


About DRW:

Disability Rights Washington is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Disability Rights Washington encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals from all race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status backgrounds.


Disability Rights Washington is a private nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of people with disabilities across Washington. We are designated by the governor as the independent federally-mandated protection and advocacy system for Washington State. As such, Disability Rights Washington promotes, expands, and protects the human and civil rights of people with disabilities. For information about us, please visit



To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional reference contacts to the attention of Jodi Rose at Disability Rights Washington, 315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 850, Seattle, WA 98104 or Reasonable accommodations for any portion of the application or interview process are available at request. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled. All applications received by June 3, 2018 will be considered.


  • Position Title: Attorney
  • Company Name: Disability Rights Washington
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Posted: May 18, 2018
  • Job Function: See description
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Education and Experience required: Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law and a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association at the time of assuming the position or shortly thereafter
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Salary $50-52,000/year plus excellent benefits and leave