Reentry Attorney

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

We seek an energetic, culturally sensitive attorney with a strong commitment to public interest to represent individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. The attorney will assist in removing civil legal barriers impeding clients' ability to obtain stable housing, employment, and other supports necessary for successful reentry to their families and communities. The position will be located out of our Santa Clara County Regional Office, located in downtown San José with regular offsite presence in various locations in the community. The Reentry Attorney will:

• Represent formerly incarcerated individuals and those facing barriers related to their criminal records in driver's license suspension, criminal record remedies, housing, public benefits, consumer, employment, and other civil legal matters as needed
• Establish connections to, and extensive collaboration with, community and government agency partners
• Develop impact advocacy strategies to remove barriers to income stability, housing, and court access for criminal justice-impacted individuals and their families
• Design and conduct community education presentations and legal information materials
• Assist with grant data collection and management

Requirements: 

• California State Bar membership; 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)
• Passion for and deep understanding of working with low-income families and communities, and specifically working with individuals who were formerly incarcerated and their families
• Experience working with individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities
• Familiarity with housing, government benefits programs, and/or consumer debts issues
• Two years of litigation in relevant subject areas or other relevant substantive experience preferred
• Excellent communication, writing, and public speaking skills
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team
• A driver’s license and access to a car
• Exceptional listener and strategist who thrives in a collegial environment

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Expiration date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017