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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileDirecting Attorney Duties: Reporting to the Regional Director of Advocacy, responsible for the overall provision of legal services to the low-income client community in the service area and the day to day operations of the local field office. Supervising, training and motivating local office staff to provide the highest quality legal services in accordance with program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility. Maintain an active caseload which consists of State, Federal trial and appellate work. Supervise the activities of local office Staff Attorneys, Community Workers and Support Staff in providing legal services to low income clients and groups. Including advice, negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy in accordance with the priorities and case handling policies. Ensure that staff have accurate, timely, and complete information about the legal issues within the local office’s scope of responsibility, including training in the basic office responsibilities. Evaluate staff on an annual basis including the identification of training needs to be incorporated into the office’s 6 months work plan. Cooperate with the Regional Director or the Directors of Litigation, Advocacy and Training in the implementation of Core Expectations. Encourage advocates to develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and to act as a resource for other staff through participation in at least one task force. Conduct weekly case review meetings to ensure that legal services provided are consistent with priorities, policies, procedures, and that they maximize resources to provide the highest quality in services. Ensure that legal services provided are in compliance with LSC regulations, IOLTA requirements and the requirements of other grants. Supervise staff in setting up local community education opportunities relating to legal rights and the preparation of materials for such presentations. Act as liaison with the local community advisory board including setting up meetings, sending reports to the Board of Directors and working with the local board to identify annual office priorities. Collaborate and cooperate with Program Directors to advance Program goals and develop special initiatives. Cooperate with the Development Department and participate in development efforts as necessary or required. Coordinate with the Human Resources Department to ensure staff is effectively hired, managed, and developed. Collaborate with the Human Resources Department to ensure that all staff are recruited, hired, managed, and developed in order to maximize both performance and retention. Cooperate with the Accounting Department in enforcing fiscally sound office procedures and ensuring a clean annual audit.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: 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 California Bar Exam. 3+ years' experience managing law office and staff. 3+ years' litigation experience. Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income clients. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail. Excellent demonstrated people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population. Preferred: Experience in a non-profit legal services environment. Spanish fluency or additional language ability relevant to the primary communities. Prior experience managing a multi-location organization.
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.(CRLA)
El Centro, CA 92243