Interim Attorney

Summary

Legal Aid at Work seeks an attorney to assist for period of up to six months in both the Gender Equity and LGBT Rights Program and the Work and Family Program. The Gender Equity and LGBT Rights program seeks to end sex-based discrimination by advancing the rights of low-wage women and families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, veterans and military families, survivors of harassment as well as domestic and sexual violence, and other under-represented workers and students. The Work and Family Program strives to protect the employment rights of low-income pregnant individuals, new parents, and caregivers by promoting access to job-protected and paid leave and accommodations.

Responsibilities

The Interim Attorney will assist in a range of activities including impact litigation, free legal clinics, specialized helplines, legislative advocacy, outreach, and education. The work will be mainly focused on gender discrimination and harassment as well as work and family issues but could also include workplace issues affecting domestic violence survivors and Title IX enforcement with respect to access to athletics for girls at the K-12 level and in parks and recreation programs. The Interim Attorney will be involved in various aspects of both program’s activities particularly in litigation in federal and state court cases and the provision of direct legal services and limited representation to individual clients.

Requirements

California Bar membership, a minimum of one year of legal experience in a relevant public interest organization or employment law firm. Established knowledge of and experience in assisting clients to exercise their rights under applicable laws is strongly preferred. Importantly, candidates must additionally possess a close familiarity with current legal issues relevant to the rights of low-wage workers, and, more generally, an awareness of and sensitivity to the social and policy issues that inform advocacy on their behalf. 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. Experience working with low-wage worker and immigrant communities, and fluency or a high level of proficiency in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, or another foreign language spoken by a significant number of California workers and their families, are strongly preferred. A commitment to Legal Aid at Work’s mission is essential.

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. This is not a permanent position and will remain open until filled.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a detailed cover letter with résumé, two legal writing samples, law school transcript, and three professional references to:

Interim Attorney Search Committee, Legal Aid at Work

Email: jobs@legalaidatwork.org or Fax: (415)593-0096