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ProfileEducation Staff Attorney The candidate will be responsible for accomplishing grant requirements and providing community education, direct service representation and working on impact cases and projects in accordance with firm program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility. Working collaboratively with local community based organizations to reduce disproportionate discipline of students of color and LGBT youth, ensure compliance with anti-discrimination laws, and work toward the implementation of supportive alternative discipline policies in Kern County school districts. Develop community outreach and education materials and conduct community education meetings. Provide direct representation to individual students and participate in impact litigation and advocacy promoting education and youth development. Train and develop leadership of parent groups in districts throughout Kern County. Attend, monitor, and participate in meetings related to education advocacy, and other grant-required meetings. Work with firm Development Staff on related development, reporting, and grants management efforts. 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. Provides resources and support for significant statewide impact activity, including institutional and group litigation or policy analysis. 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 firm Education 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 firm training programs, local office case review or staff meetings or other firm 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 firm Private Bar Involvement. Maintains a good working relationship with all members of the office staff. Utilizes basic capabilities of word processing program.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be admitted to practice law before the court of any state. Should be admitted to practice law in the State of California, pending admission, or willingness to take the next California Bar Exam. Demonstrated commitment to working with low income clients is required. Excellent written and verbal communication is needed. Experience in education or other policy analysis is preferred. Spanish language proficiency is desired.