Staff Attorney

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1814 Franklin Street, Suite 1040
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

A Staff Attorney position operating within our non-profit law office, providing direct services to the public, with modest supervision of law students or other interns, and working collaboratively with other staff. Tremendous opportunity to learn and grow with an innovative and forward thinking organization.

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), is a California, state-wide, non-profit law office, dedicated to economic justice for Californians, particularly those who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly, immigrants, people of color and people with disabilities. HERA is focused on asset preservation and economic justice across a wide swath of household financial concerns. Housing stability is a key focus. We not only work on a broad range of debt and credit concerns, but we also work on credit building, credit reporting, equal access to affordable and reputable financial services. We are based in Oakland, California, near Lake Merritt, and we carry out our work across the state through a combination of strategies, including non-litigation advocacy, administrative advocacy, community education and outreach, litigation, individual counseling, technical assistance and training for legal services and private attorneys, as well as governmental and non-governmental agencies, and policy work in partnership with other agencies.

The Staff Attorney carries her/his own caseload of both non-litigation and litigation cases. The particular positions open at this time requires significant non-litigation advocacy on behalf of tenants and homeowners vis-à-vis landlords, mortgage servicers and others, administrative advocacy with a wide variety of agencies, local state and federal, and significant non-litigation consumer legal services and advocacy in other subject areas related to asset preservation. The following are examples of typical duties. Other duties may be assigned by the Executive Director or other program managers.
Responsibilities include:
• Engaging in non-litigation advocacy with a broad range of local, state and federal agencies, including rent stabilization agencies and housing authorities, and HUD, just to name a few.
• Engaging in litigation, primarily in state court, co-counseling with HERA staff and/or external co-counsel.
• Modest supervision law students or other interns involved in case work.
• Engaging in a vast array of non-litigation advocacy across a swath of consumer topics and working intensively with clients one-on-one
• Providing workshops, and participating in clinics.


Requires a Juris Doctorate and license to practice law, in good standing, in California. Positions available for new attorneys as well as more experienced. We welcome the possibility of a more experienced attorney joining. Bilingual ability in a non-English language commonly spoken in California required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
• Excellent legal research and writing
• Attention to detail a must.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills (written and oral)
• Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity
• Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
• Excellent organizational and training skills
• Ability to understand and work in a non-profit, law office environment
• A passion for problem solving.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects.
• Bilingual ability in a non-English language commonly spoken in California.

To apply: 

Please email a resume, a list of three references with addresses and phone numbers, plus a legal writing sample to Maeve Elise Brown, Executive Director, Housing and Economic rights Advocates at [email protected]. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have not heard back from us within one week, please call Ms. Brown at 510 271-8443 ext. 307 to verify receipt of your application.

Equal Opportunity Employer. Health benefits, retirement benefits, and generous vacation and sick leave.
Salary range: 
DOE and competitive with other legal services programs. Health benefits, retirement benefits, and generous vacation and sick leave.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, December 1, 2017