Staff Attorney

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350 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Disability Rights California
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Job type: 
Policy Development/Advocacy
Position Description: 

Civil Rights Practice Group
Long-Term Temporary
Los Angeles

DEADLINE: Open until filled. Applications should be received by March 9, 2018 to be considered for the first round of interviews.

SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $57,585 - $77,169

Looking for a place where your passion and abilities can positively impact the lives of others? Come join us!

Disability Rights California (DRC) is a well-established and innovative non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities. DRC works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through quality representation, advocacy, investigations of abuse and neglect, peer/self-advocacy services, community partnerships, legislative and regulatory advocacy work, education and outreach. Our legal work includes individual and impact litigation that highlights a particular issue or has the potential to broadly impact conditions for many similarly situated people.

Working at DRC is more than just a job - it's that rare opportunity to do what you're good at while making a difference in the lives of Californians with disabilities.

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Working in an agency that positively impacts the lives of others has its own rewards. Working with others who are committed to our mission creates a unique environment of passion and meaning. Our compensation is industry competitive, and we provide a generous benefit package that includes: medical, dental, flexible spending accounts (e.g., medical and dependent care); basic, life, short- and long-term disability insurances; voluntary vision; supplemental life and long-term care; paid holidays, paid sick and vacation time. We also provide a significant contribution to the retirement plan (401k) for those who choose to take advantage of it.

Disability Rights California is searching for a dynamic attorney to staff a legal services project intended to reduce homelessness across Los Angeles County. This groundbreaking program will reduce homelessness by assuring that youth, families, and individuals who are, or are at risk of becoming homeless receive a wide array of legal services that enable them to overcome barriers to obtaining and retaining housing.
The Staff Attorney will be providing legal representation to individuals with disabilities who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Responsibilities include outreach, training, and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings to clients with disabilities referred to Disability Rights California through the program. The Staff Attorney works under the direct supervision of the Managing Attorney of the Civil Rights Practice Group and in collaboration with other Disability Rights California attorneys and advocates in their legal, advocacy, and outreach efforts.

1. Provide information and short-term assistance.
2. Represent clients in negotiations, mediations and judicial and administrative proceedings.
4. Engage in community-based advocacy, outreach, and training to disability communities and organizations, particularly to underserved communities.
5. Prepare training materials, publications, reports and special projects.
7. Supervise and mentor law clerks and other staff as assigned.
8. Other duties as assigned.


(Applicants MUST meet EACH of the minimum qualifications to be considered for an interview)
1. J.D. Degree.
2. California State Bar membership; or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program (admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California for three years under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program, and required admittance to the California Bar within three years).
3. Paid or voluntary legal experience in any combination of the following: a) a social services, human services, community-based, public interest, civil rights or housing-related environment; b) as an attorney in the practice of public interest law; or c) directly representing clients in administrative hearings and/or litigation. Judicial clerkships or externships may be counted as up to one year of experience.
4. Ability to read, write and speak Spanish.
5. Ability to conduct research and analyses of pertinent legal authority. Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
6. Effective communication skills sufficient to represent clients in legal hearings, meetings, negotiations or administrative proceedings, to actively promote legal, policy and legislative developments at state and local government levels, and to develop and conduct trainings.
7. Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals with disabilities.
8. Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals from ethnic or language distinct communities.
9. The ability to work independently with appropriate supervision.

1. Knowledge of laws, rights, and services as they pertain to people with disabilities, and/or direct representation of people with disabilities.
2. Experience in client representation, particularly in public interest and civil rights law that would support the needs of the clients served by the Civil Rights Practice Group.
3. Experience working on fair housing matters, particularly involving disability issues.
4. Ability to read, write and speak an Asian language or ability to communicate using American Sign Language, with sufficient fluency to do client intakes and conduct trainings.
5. Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community.
6. Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities, particularly in the Los Angeles area.
7. Familiarity and/or extensive contacts with one or more of the following: homelessness, criminal justice, substance abuse or Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
At Disability Rights California, well over half of our employees are ethnically diverse, and over a third are individuals with disabilities. We value this diversity because unique perspectives allow us to effectively serve Californians with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

To apply: 

If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following to :
1) Online Disability Rights California Application Form
2) Your resume
3) Cover Letter. We need a workforce that can utilize insights and strategies that can come from both professional and personal experience. In your cover letter, please tell us about yourself and why you are a great fit for this position and for DRC.
4) Sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text.

Disability Rights California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, religion, race, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 9, 2018