Staff Attorney- Consumer Law

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Job location
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

A Staff Attorney position focused on consumer debt and credit concerns, including student loan debt, 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.


Requires a Juris Doctorate and license to practice law, in good standing, in California, and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in consumer debt and credit concerns on behalf of consumers. 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 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
Salary range: 
competitive non-profit law office , salary, DOE