Community Legal Services Staff Attorney

Summary

Legal Aid at Work seeks a Staff Attorney for its Community Legal Services Program with employment law and clinical experience to help direct current Workers’ Rights Clinic sites and continue their expansion to underserved areas in the State.  The Workers’ Rights Clinic provides free high-quality legal advice to low-wage workers throughout California.

Responsibilities

With supervision by the Program Director, the Staff Attorney will be involved in all aspects of the Program’s activities including, but not limited to: evaluating opportunities for expansion of the Workers’ Rights Clinic; working with community and law school partners to implement additional in-person and “virtual” sites for the Clinic; supervising law students and other legal counselors at current and expansion Clinic sites; providing individual counseling and representation to low-wage workers; conducting community and law school outreach and education; building relationships with members of the employment bar; and assisting in the process of securing cy pres awards.  Working with the Program Director, the Staff Attorney is responsible for updating Legal Aid at Work’s Employment Law Manual and drafting and updating fact sheets on a variety of employment law topics. The Staff Attorney may also assist – on a limited basis at the discretion of the Program Director- in litigating cases in other Legal Aid at Work program areas.  As an integral member of the Community Legal Services Program, the attorney will work with the Program Director, Outreach Coordinator and Language Access Coordinator.

Requirements

The position requires California Bar membership, a minimum of one year of employment law and clinical experience in a relevant public interest organization or employment law firm; knowledge of federal and California employment law and court procedures; and excellent legal research and writing and oral advocacy skills.  Importantly, candidates must additionally possess a close familiarity with California’s demographics and need for legal services in underserved areas, and have experience working with relevant communities.  The successful candidate also will be a creative problem solver, strategic thinker, and legal innovator.  And, the successful candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills, leadership and organizational abilities, and work collaboratively within teams as well as independently.  Spanish language fluency, extensive evening work and ongoing travel within California is required.

Compensation

Legal Aid at Work offers salaries that are competitive in the Bay Area public interest law community. Benefits include health plans, long-term disability and life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, and generous paid vacation and holidays. As a unionized organization, LAAW believes in the importance of employees organizing to improve their working conditions.  This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by ESC Local 20. Salary placement at hire and salary advancement will be in accordance with the negotiated salary scale for this position.

Application Process

We strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities to apply. Candidates interested in this position should submit a detailed cover letter with résumé, two legal writing samples, law school transcript, and three professional references to:

Staff Attorney Search Committee, Legal Aid at Work

Email:  [email protected]

Legal Aid at Work is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. Our complete EEO policy statement and further information concerning the organization and its programs can be found at www.legalaidatwork.org. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Legal Aid at Work will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.