Temporary Youth Justice Attorney

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Job location
1048 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA 94063
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Bay Area Legal Aid
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

We seek an energetic, culturally competent attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to represent youth who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, often due to abuse or neglect. The attorney will focus on providing civil legal services designed to meet the individualized needs of homeless and trafficked youth. Advocacy will be across practice areas, including health access, benefits (e.g. foster care benefits, SSI, CalWORKs, and General Assistance), immigration, permanency, housing, foster care, and education. Clients served by the homeless youth project experience high rates of sexual exploitation, abuse and neglect, and mental health related issues which the attorney will be expected to navigate in providing legal assistance. The successful applicant will be expected to run on-site legal clinics at youth shelters and meet with youth in a variety of locations throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, from South San Francisco to Gilroy.

Responsibilities include client interviews, negotiations with governmental agencies/opposing parties, research and writing, and representation at administrative and court proceedings. The attorney is expected to engage in outreach with social services, law enforcement, youth and trafficking service providers, and other community organizations, and coordinate off-site legal clinics to target homeless youth in the Peninsula and South Bay regions of the Bay Area. The attorney will be primarily based in BayLegal's Redwood City office but also work regularly out of our Oakland and San José offices.

Requirements: 

• California State Bar membership (will be considered if results pending); or admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California for 3 years under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program (must pass CA bar at a later date).
• Strong commitment to youth justice issues and supporting and magnifying youth voice
• Experience interviewing and working with youth is preferred.
• Must be self-directed and be comfortable working in a fast paced, ever-changing environment
• Excellent communications skills, oral and written
• Bilingual skills are preferred but not required
• Demonstrated experience with youth benefits programs, working with youth, trafficking victims, and/or culturally diverse, low-income client populations
• Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team
• A valid driver's license and access to a car
• Established relationships with community partners in San Mateo and/or Santa Clara counties strongly preferred

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Expiration date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017