Job Details

Staff Attorney Or Senior Staff Attorney

Company name

ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Feb 01, 2021

Valid Through

May 17, 2021

Posted on

Sep 13, 2020

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 101000 to 120000 Annually

Years of Experience

6-14 yrs required


Los Angeles, CA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Government and Government Relations >> Government and Government Relations
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Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney
Duties: Conduct legal advocacy and investigate, develop and litigate high-impact cases at the trial and appellate level in federal and state courts. Lead and manage litigation teams, serve as co-counsel, and work in conjunction with other legal, policy, and organizing staff. lead litigation but the litigation will be managed and supervised by a Senior Staff Attorney. Supervise the work of more junior lawyers as well as interns and support intern hiring. If a Staff Attorney, supervise interns and support intern hiring. Help lead monitoring and addressing homelessness issues addressed by past litigation and settlements and enforce compliance with those judgments. Serve as a policy expert and advocate on state and local housing justice/homelessness issues in support of legislation and other campaigns, with responsibilities including public speaking, media interviews, and outreach, as well as writing op-eds, and reports. Conduct outreach, advocacy, and provide technical assistance to public officials and government bodies. Organize and attend lobbying visits with state and local officials, provide testimony to administrative agencies and governing bodies, and develop and cultivate relationships with lawmakers and decisionmakers to advance organizing and policy advocacy objectives. Provide technical support to community groups, advocates, and organizers in the region. Establish and cultivate collaborative relationships with community partners, coalitions, stakeholders, and members. Forge and maintain relationships with people impacted by poverty and homelessness, community partners, decision-makers, government officials, allied organizations and academics to implement collaborative projects and foster positive, effective working relationships while focusing on a people power-based theory of change. Meaningfully incorporate people who have been impacted by homelessness and poverty into all aspects of economic justice work, helping to elevate and center their expertise and leadership whenever possible. Build and facilitate coalitions when necessary and attend and actively participate in community partner meetings and coalitions that focus on issues that impact economic justice. Collaborate with and provide support to people in other affiliates in California and the Sacramento legislative office, as well as colleagues. Develop advocacy sign-on letters, fact sheets, advocacy materials, toolkits, action alerts, op-eds, blog posts, and social media content. Support the base building and volunteer leadership development work, as needed.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Admitted to practice law in the state of California or willingness to promptly take the California bar exam. 10-14 years of litigation and advocacy experience. 6-9 years’ experience who have a demonstrated track record of independently developing and leading impact litigation cases. Demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights, racial justice, and strong advocacy and litigation skills. Hard-working leader with a proven record of accomplishments working with, advocating with, and/or organizing with people experiencing homelessness, marginalized populations, and community-based organizations. Demonstrated ability to develop and litigate impact cases. Excellent research, writing, analytic, and speaking skills. Demonstrated ability to work in diverse coalitions and develop advocacy campaigns. Demonstrated ability to participate in, create, and sustain inclusive and engaging spaces for all. Demonstrated ability to lead projects, build strong relationships, and work well in collaboration with others. A deep commitment to the cause of civil liberties and civil rights. Willingness to work occasional weekend and evening hours, as needed. Willingness to travel within Southern California as well as occasionally to other parts of the state. Extremely strong project and time management skills, including a high level of organization, attention to detail and follow-through, while balancing and prioritizing multiple activities and responsibilities. Desired: Familiarity working in the area of poverty/economic justice, specifically on housing justice/homelessness issues with experience working with people who are unhoused, experiencing extreme poverty, mental disability, or trauma. Familiarity with or experience working on social justice issues in Southern California, connections to Southern California communities affected by poverty and homelessness, and organizations working in those areas. A demonstrated commitment and track record of doing intersectional advocacy and taking an intersectional approach to advancing economic justice. Experience planning and facilitating workshops, trainings, meetings, and other community events. Spanish language fluency.

Additional info

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Company info

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

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