Housing Attorneys

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Job location
4 N Second Street
San Jose, CA 95113
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Bay Area Legal Aid
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) ensures fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community. From Silicon Valley to Napa Valley, we help clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. Our clients include the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Through our regional county offices, our mobile advocacy clinics, and our nationally-recognized Legal Advice Line, BayLegal prevents domestic violence and sexual assault, increases economic stability, protects consumers, expands access to healthcare, and prevents homelessness. For our clients, BayLegal makes the difference between staying in poverty and thriving toward a brighter future.

We are seeking two attorneys to join our dynamic Housing Law practice group, which focuses on the preservation of fair and affordable housing, and represent clients who are homeless or at risk of homelessness —one of the most critical issues facing low-income families in Silicon Valley. Both positions are based in our downtown San José office, which serves low-income individuals across Santa Clara County, from Palo Alto to Gilroy. The Housing Attorneys will:
• Provide advice and counsel, brief service and representation to clients on the phone and in person;
• Represent low-income tenants in eviction proceedings at various stages, including in Superior Court;
• Represent tenants in Housing Authority administrative proceedings;
• Conduct community outreach, trainings, and provide pro per assistance to tenant at self-help and community sites county-wide;
• Work in collaboration with other community and behavioral health care services organizations to provide integrated services to clients; and
• Address systemic issues in areas that uniquely affect our clients’ housing rights through use of impact litigation and policy work.

Requirements: 

• Membership in good standing of the California State Bar;
• Bilingual ability in Spanish, Vietnamese, or another API language strongly preferred;
• Two years relevant litigation experience;
• Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision
• Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills, with ability to be detail-oriented
• Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
• Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be done
• Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details
• Cultural competency in working with low‐income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities, LEP clients, and LGBT clients;
• A driver’s license and access to a car.

To apply: 

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. Please send (1) cover letter (2) resume, (3) references, (4) diversity statement (see BayLegal.org/employment for details) and (5) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to [email protected]. Be sure to refer to the posting “Housing Attorney—Santa Clara County” in the title of your email.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer. 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.
Expiration date: 
Thursday, October 26, 2017