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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Date Last Verified
ProfileLitigation Staff Attorney The candidate will identify, initiate, conduct and maintain an affirmative litigation caseload, typically in the form of Section 1085 writ actions and class action lawsuits. Will provide trainings and support to other legal services advocates around the state on litigation and public benefits-related matters, consistent with Western Center’s role as a statewide legal services support center. With the Public Benefits and Economic Justice team, identify team priorities and plan and implement advocacy strategies related to welfare issues. Assist Sacramento policy advocates on drafting and analyzing legislation and budget bills. Work closely with legal services programs statewide to identify potential welfare cases and provide litigation support, including co-counseling and mentorship. Support Western Center litigation colleagues with their cases when needed. Work within a team while engaging in most work independently. and Other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have 5+ years of experience for a staff attorney, or a 8+ years of experience for a Senior Attorney, litigating in diverse forums, including a familiarity with appellate advocacy. Must have experience bringing affirmative litigation against state and local governmental agencies and private entities on behalf of low-income clients. A working knowledge and experience litigating in at least one of the following programs/areas: CalWORKs. CalFresh. General Assistance/General Relief. SSI/SSP. criminal justice fines and fees is required. Experience in a legal services program preferred, or working with underrepresented populations. Experience with posting on social media platforms as an advocacy tool preferred. and Membership in the California State Bar is required at the time of hiring or within six months. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) and related office and design software is required.
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Director of Finance and Administration
Western Center On Law and Poverty
3701 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2809