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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileManaging Attorney The candidate provides leadership, direction and overall management of the Investigation Unit. Directly supervises and mentors attorneys and leads systemic advocacy efforts to advance the rights of persons with disabilities to be free from abuse, neglect, and criminal victimization and ensure a timely and prompt response from the criminal justice and abuse response systems. Conducts a significant number of abuse and neglect investigations and coordinates systemic policy reform stemming from the outcome of those investigations. Provides direction and supervision to attorneys and investigators, including caseload management, training, mentoring and monitoring staff. Leads work team with an emphasis on assisting the team in developing and implementing strategies to accomplish work team goals. Represents the Investigations Unit as needed with other agency teams and with the Board of Directors. Conducts confidential abuse and neglect investigations. Monitors facilities or programs serving individuals with disabilities. Leads and/or participates in drafting and issuing policy papers and public reports. Leads and/or participates in systemic advocacy involving issues of abuse, neglect and crimes against people with disabilities, including major policy advocacy at the state level. Reviews and drafts legislation and regulations. Participates with other agencies and organizations to address recurring problems and issues related to abuse, neglect and crimes against people with disabilities. Identifies issues contributing to victimization of people with disabilities and initiate needed systemic reform activities and impact work. Monitors, summarizes, and analyzes case law, legislation, and administrative policy and practices for agency staff and other organizations. Prepares training materials, publications, reports, or prepare presentations about agency's work, which may include reports to funding entities and the Board of Directors. Assist with organizational development and planning, including the planning and development of agency's Advocacy Plan. Participate in statewide and regional teams, which may include two substantive goal areas. Provide technical assistance and substantive training to other regional office agency staff in areas of expertise. Participate in the identification and development of substantive and skills-based training for staff, with a primary focus on abuse, neglect and criminal victimization and abuse system response. Engage in community-based advocacy and community leadership, representing the agency as the voice of clients. Assist with agency-wide management responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a J.D. degree or equivalent and membership in the California State Bar 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 3 years.] Must have 6 years of experience as an attorney in the practice of public interest law or 5 years of experience as an attorney directly representing clients in administrative hearings and litigation. Judicial clerkships or externships may be counted as up to 1 year of legal experience. Should also have 3 years of experience in employee supervision and management. Experience in conducting objective, fact-intensive investigations, evaluating cases based upon legal, regulatory, and policy requirements, and then making appropriate findings and recommendations is required. Experience with laws, rights, and services as they pertain to people with disabilities, and/or direct representation of people with disabilities is needed. Experience with client representation people with disabilities preferred. Experience in developing and coordinating systemic advocacy projects particularly in the area of abuse, neglect, stigma, and/or victimization desired. Experience in health care risk management, quality assurance, or nursing or other health care professions an asset. Should preferably be able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish or an Asian language; or able to communicate using American Sign Language. Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community is desired. Experience with and/or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities is a plus. 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 ideal.
Submit online application form; resume; detailed cover letter; sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis - up to 10 pages of text; and list of significant litigation.
Disability Rights California
350 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017