Youth Justice Attorney- Alameda County

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Job location
1735 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Bay Area Legal Aid
Street address: 
1735 Telegraph Avenue
City: 
Oakland
State: 
California
ZIP: 
94612
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

We are seeking a staff attorney to join our youth justice team. We are interested in candidates who are energetic, culturally competent and have a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to represent youth who are involved in the juvenile delinquency system. The attorney will focus on providing civil legal services designed to meet the individualized needs of delinquency involved youth. Advocacy will be across practice areas, with a main caseload of SSI and a smaller, mixed caseload, which may include special education, health access, public benefits (e.g. foster care benefits, SSI, CalWORKs, and General Assistance), legal permanency, housing, and other work. Clients served by this 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. This position is based out of Alameda County but may include travel throughout the Bay Area.

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 probation, social services, law enforcement, youth service providers, and other community organizations.

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 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 survivors, 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

To apply: 

Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, diversity statement (see below) and list of references to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to [email protected]. Be sure to refer to the “Youth Justice Attorney-AL” in the title of your email.

In a separate page from your cover letter, please address the following:

BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale.
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Expiration date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018