Job Details

Staff Attorney

Company name

ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Years of Experience

3-5 yrs required


Santa Ana, CA

Date Last Verified

Mar 07,2018

Posted on

Jul 29,2017
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Staff Attorney The candidate will litigate cases and participate in non-litigation advocacy to advance the civil and human rights of people experiencing homelessness. Responsibilities include serving as lead and co-counsel on a variety of civil rights/liberties cases; working in conjunction with other staff at the County office, as well as at the Inland Empire and Los Angeles offices; and investigating, developing, and litigating cases at the trial and appellate level in federal and state courts. Will work closely with staff in the Dignity for All Project and the Economic Justice Project team on advocacy projects and campaigns to protect the civil rights of people experiencing homelessness and to advance the human right to housing and other basic needs. Responsibilities, carried out in close collaboration with the Homelessness Policy Analyst and Advocate, include: public speaking, media interviews, outreach and “know your rights” presentations, as well as writing op-eds, reports, and white papers. Will also work in cooperation with staff in the Policy Advocacy cohort when engaged in non-litigation advocacy. Will work in collaboration with advocates and organizers in the region. Provide strategic leadership and technical assistance to advocates and grass roots organizers. Organize and lead community education events, trainings for activists and organizers, and outreach to public officials. Provide legal research and analysis on legislative proposals and public education materials. Work with staff and other organizations serving and advocating on behalf of persons experiencing homelessness to implement integrated advocacy campaigns, including policy and legislative advocacy on ordinances and laws, and utilizing the Communication and Advocacy departments. Serve as a spokesperson for both with the press and as a public speaker on homelessness and related issues. Legal Investigate, develop, and litigate impact civil liberties and civil rights cases in federal and state court to protect and expand the rights of persons who are experiencing homelessness in County. Conducting factual and legal research, interviewing clients and potential witnesses, preparing memoranda, drafting pleadings, briefs and correspondence, conducting discovery, arguing motions, trying cases, handling appeals, and negotiating settlements. Draft amicus briefs in cases of significance to persons who are homeless. Supervise, lead, or participate in a team of associated attorneys, including those at the National affiliates or other public interest organizations. Recruit and work with volunteer attorneys, including co-counsel from private law firms. Provide technical assistance and advice to attorneys and advocates on civil rights/liberties issues affecting persons who are homeless. Develop legal strategy and long-term strategic priorities with senior staff. Administration, Coordination and Support Ensure that all pleadings are filed timely and according to court rules. Supervise law students, researchers, interns, and volunteers. Work with the Legal Committee to screen and develop promising cases affecting persons who are homeless in Orange County; prepare reports and provide support as needed.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Admission to practice law in the State of California strongly preferred; 3-5 years litigation experience, preferably in civil rights litigation; individuals with 5+ years of experience are encouraged to apply; Trial experience preferred; Experience in working and interacting with populations such as persons experiencing homelessness, extreme poverty, mental disability, or trauma; Excellent analytical, writing and speaking skills; Strong leadership skills; must be able to work independently and as part of a team; Passionate about defending human and civil rights/civil liberties; Broad knowledge of constitutional law; Ability to think creatively and to use non-litigation strategies to promote objectives, including building coalitions with ally organizations and public advocacy; Work demands may require travel, working evenings, weekends and holidays; Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Additional info

Send resume, cover letter and writing sample.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
ACLU Foundation of Southern California.
1313 West Eighth St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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