Staff Attorney/Clinical Sprvsr: Housing Program

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2921 Adeline Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
East Bay Community Law Center
Street address: 
2921 Adeline Street
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a Housing Attorney/Clinical Supervisor to join its 6-person Housing Program to represent low-income tenants in unlawful detainer cases, advocate for tenants in a broad range of housing-related legal problems, and contribute to the creation of more just and humane housing policies for Alameda County tenants, as well as train and supervise law student interns. The ideal candidate is an excellent advocate with strong writing and organizational skills who has the ability to work well in a fast-paced, high-volume litigation setting, has experience providing direct legal services to low-income people, and is committed to mentoring the next generation of legal advocates. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Represent low-income tenants in unlawful detainer cases
  • Supervise weekly Tenants’ Rights Workshops, advising and advocating for tenants regarding a broad range of housing-related legal problems, including eviction defense, code enforcement, rent control, public housing (conventional and §8), and fair housing
  • Conduct outreach and provide pro per assistance to tenants at self-help and community sites
  • Teach, train, and supervise law students, legal fellows, and volunteer attorneys, including substantive law and skills trainings, regular individual and group case reviews, and day-to-day monitoring of individual work
  • Work collaboratively with other attorneys at EBCLC to provide holistic, wrap-around services addressing the root issues of poverty
  • Participate in collaborative partnership with other community and legal services organizations providing similar services
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management and reporting 
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor
  • J.D. required, member of the California State Bar in good standing
  • Ability to manage a demanding case load; excellent time management, priority-setting and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, law students, service providers, government employees, community partners, elected officials, and law school faculty
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work successfully in a high-volume, dynamic environment
  • Experience with, or strong interest in, law student supervision and training
  • Unlawful detainer or other relevant litigation experience preferred 
  • Spanish-speaking ability required; applicants should be comfortable speaking Spanish with clients in person and on the phone.
To apply: 

Submit applications by email to [email protected]; by mail to East Bay Community Law Center, 2921 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703; or by fax to (510) 548-2566. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, March 18, 2016.

EBCLC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse staff and providing culturally competent services. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, including individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system, people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
Salary range: 
This is a full-time, salaried (exempt) position, starting as soon as possible, with a non-profit salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes 100% employer-funded medical, dental, and vision plans (including dependents), and pai
Submission deadline: 
Monday, March 7, 2016