Attorney Legal Barriers to Employment Project/SF Medical-Legal Partnership

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Job location
1035 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Bay Area Legal Aid
Street address: 
1735 Telegraph Ave
City: 
Oakland
State: 
California
ZIP: 
94612
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Organization: Bay Area Legal Aid’s (BayLegal) mission is to provide high quality legal assistance regardless of a client’s location, language, or disability. We are the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents of the San Francisco Bay Area with regional offices in seven counties. Our services include advice, referrals, limited scope assistance, extended representation, public policy and impact advocacy, trainings, and community education. From Napa Valley to Silicon Valley, BayLegal ensures fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community. We help our clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. BayLegal’s 120+ staff members provide wraparound legal services in housing preservation, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, economic security, consumer protection, and healthcare access.

Position: We seek an energetic, culturally sensitive attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to split time between our Legal Barriers to Employment Project (LBEP) and our San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership (SFMLP). LBEP is an innovative project that offers a comprehensive approach in assisting welfare recipients with civil legal problems which interfere with their ability to obtain or retain employment and/or education and training. Common legal issues include: suspended professional and driver’s licenses, child support obligations, immigration and access to public benefits. The position also requires advocacy at administrative hearings, court appearances, impact policy advocacy and community outreach.

The SFMLP provides outreach and legal assistance to clients whose access point to our services is through Zuckerberg San Francisco General's (ZSFG) Family Health Center. The attorney will focus on civil legal services designed to meet the individualized needs of patients. Advocacy will be across practice areas, including housing, health access, and public benefits (e.g. SSI, CalWORKs, and General Assistance). The successful applicant will be expected to run on-site legal clinics at ZSFG's Family Health Center. Client representation will include interviews, negotiations with governmental agencies/opposing parties, research and writing, and representation at administrative and court proceedings. The attorney is expected to train health professionals on issue-spotting and triage of the civil legal needs of their patients and to engage in outreach with social services and other community organizations. The attorney will be working on-site at ZSFG at least one day per week.

Requirements: 

Key Requirements:
• Membership in good standing with the California State Bar
• At least one year experience in a relevant substantive area (i.e. public benefits, housing)
• Excellent communication, writing and analytical skills
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team
• Experience working with culturally diverse, low income client communities
• Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
• Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details
• Bilingual ability in Spanish, Cantonese or Vietnamese preferred

To apply: 

Applications: Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply before August 12, 2016. Please send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to: Jerel McCrary, Managing Attorney, San Francisco Office. at [email protected]. Please reference LBEP/SF MLP in your application.

Notes: 
Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and life insurance; long term disability; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; law school loan repayment; bilingual stipends; and 401k retirement plan.
Salary range: 
D.O.E.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, August 12, 2016
Expiration date: 
Friday, August 12, 2016