Temporary/Part-Time Staff Attorney- CRLA, Inc.

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Job location
2050 S. Broadway, Suite G
Santa Maria, CA 93454
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
Street address: 
1430 Franklin Street Suite 103
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The CRLA- Santa Maria office is looking for a Temporary (3 months), Part-Time, Basic Unit Staff Attorney. This is a union position, available immediately and applicants will be considered until the position is filled.
Reporting to the Directing Attorney or Project Director, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Duties & Responsibilities:

• Provides legal service to low income clients and client groups including advice, negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy in accordance with program priorities and case handling policies.

• Reviews and supervises the work product of Community Workers and Clerical support staff relating to all clients being advised or represented by him/her.

• Undertakes significant statewide impact activity, including institutional and group litigation or community economic development beneficial to the low income community.

• Develops leadership in working with community, client and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues.

• Works to develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and acts as a resource for other staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.

• Coordinates advocacy in substantive areas through collaboration with other human services providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups.

• Participates in CRLA training programs, local office case review or staff meetings or other CRLA activities as required.

• Provides community education regarding legal rights and prepares materials relating to these presentations.

• Works with members of the private bar as necessary in accordance with CRLA Private Bar Involvement.

• Maintains contemporaneous time records in the CRLA case handling system.

• Maintains a good working relationship with all members of the office staff.

• Utilizes basic capabilities of word processing program.

• Other duties as assigned.


• Admitted to practice law before the court of any state.

• Admitted to practice law in the State of California or willingness to take the next CA Bar Exam.

Ability to effectively and successfully engage in public speaking.

• Ability to engage in thorough legal research, develop/modify and write legal educational materials for pro-per litigant use.

• Maintain necessary records in the CRLA case management system.

• Maintain a good working relationship with all staff and the court.

• Prior experience in legal services, especially in housing, is strongly preferred.

• Applicant must have the ability to perform all of the above general responsibilities (a-g).

• Bilingual (English & Spanish) preferred but not required.

To apply: 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send cover letter and resume to: HR department at [email protected]. Please be sure to reference “Temporary Staff Attorney – Santa Maria” in the subject line of e-mail.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. CRLA is an equal opportunity employer.
Salary range: 
$44,200 - $72,800 (pro rata) Compensation is based upon BAR admission date and experience.
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016