Staff Attorney 0-5 years

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Job location
2115 Kern Street, Suite 1
Fresno, CA 93721
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Central California Legal Services, Inc.
Street address: 
2115 Kern Street, Suite 1
City: 
Fresno
State: 
California
ZIP: 
93721
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Provide high quality legal services, from advice and brief services to full representation; actively collaborate with community groups and nonprofits to devise solutions to problems of poverty in our client communities; and foster a productive relationship with other CCLS staff, the courts, public agencies, and community groups. A commitment to impact litigation as part of a holistic and collaborative advocacy strategy is essential.

Requirements: 

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES:
● Work with CCLS advocates to ensure delivery of high quality legal representation to clients consistent with CCLS program priorities.
● Develop and maintain relationships with client groups and community-based service providers, and work with them to identify community lawyering opportunities.
● Identify and analyze systemic issues through individual and impact casework.
● Participate in planning and strategy meetings with project partners and statewide networks of Legal Aid advocates
● Participate in weekly CCLS case review meetings, keep abreast of changes in the law, including continuing legal education, and adhere to CCLS policies and procedures.
● Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS:
● Member in good standing of the State Bar of California; or, eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program and California Bar admission within twelve months of hire;
● Experience working with low-income clients, collaborating effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations, and connecting and strategizing with local community leaders;
● Previous Legal Aid or other non-profit legal services experience desirable;
● Bilingual ability strongly preferred (Hmong/English or Spanish/English);
● Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;
● Comfortable working under pressure, on a team or independently, passionate about the work, inquisitive, and analytical;
● Ability to travel as needed, proof of liability and property insurance on vehicle used

To apply: 

Please e-mail cover letter, résumé, and three references along with a legal writing sample to:
Manuel Romero, Director of Administration
[email protected]

● Please tell us briefly about your experience, if any, doing advocacy work with a low-income community. What skills and qualities did you bring that were important to the effort? What did you learn?
● Please describe your leadership experience, if any.
● Tell us about your connection to the Central Valley: how well do you know it? Do you have ties here? What draws you here?
● Do you have particular interest in being a Legal Aid lawyer? If so, please tell us about that.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer: we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law. We encourage all interested individuals to apply.
Salary range: 
DOE
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Expiration date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017