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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileLitigator Duties: Works under the supervision of and in partnership with the Managing Attorney to develop and implement the advocacy plan. Ensures the excellence of the legal work and provides leadership and mentoring on all advocacy efforts, including litigation in Federal and State court; identifying complex legal and policy challenges and carrying out needed law reform activities; technical assistance to and collaboration with other legal services organizations and community based organizations; administrative hearings; and trainings. Partners with the Litigation Counsel of other practice groups to ensure that provides strategic, holistic and coordinated advocacy services. Leads systemic advocacy efforts to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, and handles a significant case load of complex disability discrimination cases in State and Federal court. Reviews the legal work of and mentors less experienced attorneys. Assist in planning and directing litigation and advocacy efforts. Identify complex legal challenges and initiate needed law reform activities including impact litigation and policy advocacy efforts. Lead and/or participate in litigation and policy advocacy initiatives and teams, including targeted individual representation, complex litigation and/or appeals, and reviewing and drafting legislation and regulations. Engage in community-based outreach, advocacy and training to disability communities and organizations, particularly in underserved communities. Prepare training materials, publications, reports and/or special projects, and make presentations about the organization’s work, including reports to funding entities and California’s Board of Directors. Collaborates with other Litigation Counsel to fulfill various administrative and litigation-related responsibilities. Supervise and mentor legal advocacy staff on litigation or advocacy projects and provide training in substantive law and litigation skills. Participate as a member of the legal management team to assist in the development and advancement of the Legal Advocacy Unit’s strategic direction.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree and 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 3 years under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program, and required admittance to the California Bar within three years). 7+ years’ experience for Senior Attorney or 10 years’ experience for Litigation Counsel as a practicing attorney with experience litigating and managing complex cases in State or Federal court, including law and motion, discovery, trial, and appellate work. Legal clerkships or externships may be counted as up to one year of litigation experience. Demonstrated leadership in litigation or public policy advocacy, including the ability to head litigation or advocacy teams. Demonstrated experience mentoring or supervising attorneys. Direct representation of people with disabilities and/or knowledge of laws, rights, and services as they pertain to people with disabilities. Excellent legal writing skills. Ability to conduct research and analyses of pertinent legal authority. Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions. Ability to work collaboratively with other staff, people with various disabilities, legal service providers, community groups, and government officials. 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. Experience working with and/or sensitivity to individuals with disabilities and individuals from ethnic or language-distinct communities. DESIRED: Litigation experience in one or more of the following areas: laws relating to discrimination against people with disabilities in housing, employment or public accommodations; government benefits for people with disabilities; mental health law; laws regarding rights of people with developmental disabilities (Lanterman Act); and/or education law. Ability to read, write and speak Spanish or an Asian language, or ability to communicate using American Sign Language, with sufficient fluency to communicate with clients and community members. Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community. Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities. 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.
DEADLINE: September 1, 2017
Send online application form, resume, detailed cover letter, sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of up to 10 pages of text, and list of significant litigation.