Attorney, Peninsula Family Advocacy Program

Our mission at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County is to fight social injustice through civil legal advocacy for people living in poverty. We believe every person should have the basic necessities of life, including safe affordable housing, access to health care, economic security, secure immigration status, an appropriate education, and freedom from violence and abuse.

Legal Aid SMC seeks candidates who share our aspirations for a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace to protect the rights of older adults and adults with disabilities. We are committed to affirming differences in race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.

Legal Aid SMC seeks an attorney with a passion for social justice advocacy to join our Peninsula Family Advocacy Program (FAP). A medical-legal partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital/Stanford Children’s Health, Ravenswood Family Health Center, Gardner Packard Children’s Health Center, and San Mateo Medical Center Prenatal Clinics, FAP provides free legal services to children, pregnant women, and their families to help address the underlying causes of poor health. FAP helps children with disabilities and their families access appropriate special education resources, public benefits, health coverage, and health care.

 

Responsibilities: Represent children with disabilities, pregnant women, and their families in areas including access to health care, public benefits, and special education. Train partner agency staff on legal issues affecting children’s health. Provide technical assistance to partners. Pursue systemic advocacy efforts on issues affecting children with disabilities and their families.

 

Qualifications

  • Active membership in the California State Bar
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and communication skills
  • Ability to cultivate collaborative relationships and work in multidisciplinary teams

 

Preferred

  • Experience in health care, public benefits, or special education law
  • Experience working with diverse low-income communities
  • Spanish proficiency

 

Compensation and Benefits

Salary:  $72,000+ DOE.

Benefits: Up to $3,600/year in law school loan repayment assistance. Legal Aid SMC pays 100% of premium for employee-only health coverage, and up to 95% for employee + dependent coverage depending on plan selected. Legal Aid SMC pays 100% of premium for dental insurance for employee and dependents. Full-time employees receive 16 days of vacation in the first year, plus 13 days of sick leave and 12 paid holidays. Employees become eligible for 3% employer contribution to 401(k) plan after first year of full-time employment.

 

Temporary Remote Work

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are primarily working remotely, coming into the office as needed to provide essential services in line with public health guidance. All employees are expected to be available to commute to the office as needed. Legal Aid SMC provides computers and other equipment, supplies, and reimbursement for home internet and cell phone service needed to work remotely. We are making plans for reopening and expect to provide for hybrid in-office/remote work schedules where practicable.

 

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to Michelle de Blank, Supervising Attorney, at jobs@legalaidsmc.org.

 

Legal Aid SMC is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, persons with disabilities, immigrants, older adults, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Attorney, Peninsula Family Advocacy Program
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