Part-Time Spanish Speaking Attorney for Friday Reentry Legal Hotline

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Job location
1730 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Root & Rebound
Street address: 
1730 Franklin Street
Job type: 
Position Description: 

Part-time contract position (in office on Fridays, from 8:45am-5:15pm), beginning ASAP. Must be located in Bay Area and able to come into the downtown Oakland office on Fridays. Pay starts at $20/hour (depending on experience).

In serving people impacted by the criminal justice system across the state of California, there is a great need among Spanish-speaking, Latino, and largely immigrant communities, who are disproportionately policed, prosecuted and convicted-- targeted by both law enforcement and immigration enforcement. As Root & Rebound has grown, so has the need among Spanish speakers calling our weekly Friday Reentry Legal Hotline and writing to R&R via our prison letter-writing service.

We are looking for a hardworking, self-motivated attorney, recent law school graduate, or 3L law student who is fluent in Spanish, with excellent communication, legal research and writing skills, to support Root & Rebound in providing reentry and “crim-imm” legal education, resources, and services to Spanish-speakers who call Root & Rebound’s weekly reentry legal hotline (Fridays), and write to us via our prison legal mail program. Areas of greatest need are the overlapping impacts of immigration law/ criminal law/ and reentry law issues on system impacted individuals.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Duties and responsibilities of the contract attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:
Staffing the Friday reentry legal hotline and being first point of contact for Spanish speaking callers.
Provide legal and social services information to people calling R&R hotline and writing R&R via prison legal mail.
Building up and developing R&R’s expertise and resources on the overlap between criminal law, immigration law, and reentry law over time.
Developing written and video-based legal resources for lay-people, in Spanish and English.
Direct services support for people we serve who are Spanish speaking.
Direct services support for immigrants who we serve.


The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications:
Current law student or law school graduate;
Fluency (bilingual and biliterate) in Spanish required;
Previous experience in reentry, criminal and/or immigration law preferred;
Excellent research and writing skills;
Ability to synthesize complex legal information and distill into lay terms;
Strong attention to detail;
Outstanding organizational skills;
Ability to take initiative, work independently, and as part of a team;
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, and comfortable asking questions;
Respectful of clients of all backgrounds and experiences;
Impeccable with meeting deadlines;
Competency in Microsoft Office and Google products (i.e., Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar)
Commitment to immigrants, currently and formerly incarcerated people; and
Strong work ethic, reliable, positive attitude, and good sense of humor.

To apply: 

To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, short sample of legal writing in Spanish (4 pages max.), and at least two references with contact information in an email to Katherine Katcher (Executive Director) at [email protected]. If you have developed community-facing resources, you may also send those along with your application materials. Resumes without a cover letter, writing sample, and/or references will not be reviewed. No fax or mail applications, and no phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Root & Rebound’s (R&R) mission is to increase access to justice and opportunity for people in reentry from prison and jail, and to educate and empower those who support them, fundamentally advancing and strengthening the reentry infrastructure across the state of California. Root & Rebound is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, people with conviction histories, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender variant individuals.
Salary range: 
This is an hourly contracted position, $20/hour, in the office from 8:45am-5:15pm every Friday.