Housing Team Staff Attorney (Merced Office)

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Job location
2025 W Feemster Ave
Visalia, CA 93277
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Central California Legal Services
Street address: 
2115 Kern Street, Suite 200
Fresno, CA
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

CCLS seeks a full-time, experienced Staff Attorney to be a part of its dynamic Housing Team. Our Housing Team oversees and implements the Shriver Right to Counsel and Homelessness Prevention Projects, which act to prevent homelessness. The Staff Attorney will carry a caseload of eviction defense (unlawful detainer) and affirmative litigation cases and provide general legal support to clients across the Central Valley. In addition to carrying their own caseload, the Staff Attorney will participate in community outreach events and legal clinics and workshops in partnership with community-based organizations. They will also work with volunteer law attorneys from private law firms who are providing pro bono representation to clients facing eviction and uninhabitable conditions. Through their work, the Staff Attorney will ensure safe and affordable housing and prevent individuals and families from being evicted into homelessness.

• Work with a fast-paced eviction team, including attorneys and paralegals, to negotiate with opposing counsel, work directly with clients to help them stay housed, prepare discovery requests and responses, draft pleadings, motions, and correspondence, negotiate settlements, conduct unlawful detainer bench and jury trials, and pursue appellate remedies;
• Bring strategic, affirmative litigation to prevent homelessness and improve housing conditions;
• Participate in organizing, conducting, and attending community outreach events and legal workshops/clinics across the Central Valley;
• Maintain ongoing relationships with CCLS attorneys, pro bono attorneys and volunteers, support centers, and community partners;
• Attend national or regional training as deemed necessary and/or helpful to CCLS, and provide training on lessons learned to other CCLS staff;
• Other duties as assigned.

Work/Life Balance
· 7.5 hour work day / 37.5 hour week
· 14.5 Paid Holidays
· Free wellness counseling & resources
· Union protection for applicable positions
Rewards for Dedication
· Annual pay increases
· Overtime for Hourly/Non-exempt staff
· Compensatory Time for Salaried/Exempt staff
More than Base Pay
· School Loan Assistance up to $500/month
· Bilingual Pay up to $90/month
· Home internet reimbursement of $25/month
· CCLS issued laptop & cell phone
· CA State Bar dues paid in full
· Mileage reimbursement
Retirement Contribution
· CCLS contributes to staff 403(b) plans starting at the one-year anniversary:
o Year 1 to 2 – 1% of salary contributed
o Year 2 to 3 – 2% of salary contributed
o Year 3 to 4 – 3% of salary contributed
o Year 4 to 5 – 4% of salary contributed
o Year 5+ - 5% of salary contributed
Group Health Insurance
· Coverage begins 1st of the month following hire date
· CCLS pays 100% for staff health insurance coverage
· CCLS pays 67% of staff-dependent health insurance coverage
· Low-Cost Plans for:
o Dental PPO & Vision Insurance
o Long-term disability & life insurance
o Workers Compensation coverage
Cash Out Options
· Vacation Cash Out:
o Accrued vacation cashed out & added to paycheck upon request
· Overtime Pay Out (Non-Exempt Staff):
o OT paid out within 30 days of accrual, per State standards
Computer Loan Fund
· Up to $1,500 interest-free loan to assist staff with personal computer purchase
State Bar Exam Leave & Loan
· Protected leave for CA Bar Exam
· Interest-free loan for Bar Exam & study course fees
· Up to 8 weeks' salary advance


• Active member in good standing of the State Bar of California;
• Minimum three years of legal experience as a practicing attorney;
• Collaborative, team-oriented individual able to work with colleagues and external partners;
• Ability to assume responsibility quickly, comfortable under pressure, and able to work independently and as part of a team;
• Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;
• Have an organized, detailed approach;
• Excellent negotiation skills;
• Able to use good judgment, multitask, and meet short-notice deadlines;
• Ability to work with a wide range of clients in a kind, appropriate, client-centered manner;
• Bilingual ability strongly preferred in English and at least one other language commonly spoken in the Central Valley (preferred);
• Commitment to CCLS’ mission and core values;
• Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
• Ability to travel as needed, proof of liability, and property insurance on vehicle used.

To apply: 

• Website: Please visit https://www.centralcallegal.org/careers/ to submit an online application and join our CCLS family in an effort to Advance Justice & Empower People.

• Direct Application Link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/1692922/Central...

• Email: Please email application resume and cover letter to the Human Resources Manager, Jonathan Ota, at [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$65,208 to $92,703 yearly
Submission deadline: 
Friday, February 9, 2024