Bay Area Legal Aid
Bilingual Domestic Violence Attorney – Santa Clara County
Organization: Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) ensures fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community. From Silicon Valley to Napa Valley, we help clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. Our clients include the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Through our regional county offices, our mobile advocacy clinics, and our nationally-recognized Legal Advice Line, BayLegal prevents domestic violence and sexual assault, increases economic stability, protects consumers, expands access to healthcare, and prevents homelessness. For our clients, BayLegal makes the difference between staying in poverty and thriving toward a brighter future.
Job Description: We seek a culturally sensitive Staff Attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy for a position in our San José office. This position involves legal representation of low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking in an array of court proceedings, including dissolution of marriage, custody and support, UPAs and restraining orders. The attorney will also address any survivor-based immigration legal needs, such as VAWA relief, U visas, and/or T visas, and adjustment of status. The attorney will engage in community outreach, particularly to underserved populations, and engage in collaborations with other legal service providers, DV agencies, and courts to address policy and impact issues affecting domestic violence survivors.
Responsibilities: The Domestic Violence/Family Law Attorney reports to the Managing Attorney and works in collaboration with the court, local government, and community agencies to address systemic barriers affecting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. We seek attorney candidates who are adept working in a litigation-rich practice, will be self-directed, and are comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. This position is based in our downtown San José office, which serves low-income individuals across Santa Clara County, from Palo Alto to Gilroy.
- Membership in good standing of the California State Bar
- Bilingual ability in Spanish or Vietnamese strongly preferred
- Two years relevant legal experience strongly preferred
- Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision
- Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills, with ability to be detail-oriented
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
- Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be done
- Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details
- Cultural competency in working with low‐income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities, LEP clients, and LGBT clients;
- A driver’s license and access to a car.
Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and life insurance; long term disability; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; law school loan repayment; bilingual stipends; and 401k retirement plan.
Applications: Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send (1) cover letter, (2) diversity statement described below, (3) resume, (4) references, and (5) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to email@example.com. Be sure to refer to the posting “DV Attorney—Santa Clara County” in the title of your email.
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BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.
How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.