Berkeley, CA

FTE: Full time

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) in Berkeley, California seeks an attorney with one to eight years of experience to help develop and litigate cutting edge cases that advance the rights of people with disabilities, and to support DREDF’s advocacy work in advancing civil rights and liberties for disabled people.

DREDF is a leading national disability civil rights law and policy center directed by disabled people and parents who have disabled children. Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. DREDF’s staff includes seven lawyers, two policy analysts, and other professionals.

Our advocacy priorities include defending and advancing the rights of people with disabilities in: education; access to government programs and services; housing; health care; transportation; technology; parenting and the dependency system; and self-determination and decision-making. We work to enforce the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the Fair Housing Act Amendments, and other civil rights laws.

In all areas of society, we are committed to the enforcement of Olmstead and its principles, including for people with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities and disabled people with involvement in the criminal legal system.

Applicants must have excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills, and a strong commitment to civil rights and civil rights litigation. Experience in public interest law, especially in the area of disability rights, is preferred. California Bar membership is required, but this requirement may be postponed for a reasonable period of time, at DREDF’s discretion, to permit a new hire to take and pass the California Bar exam.


DREDF has a salary scale that determines compensation for attorneys. Full-time salary for this position (one to eight years of experience) has a range of $87,000 to $99,500.


Generous vacation and excellent benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance, 403B retirement plan, life insurance, and a flexible workplace.

Equal Opportunity Employer: DREDF values diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or weight. We encourage and welcome people of color, people with disabilities, higher weight people, parents of children with disabilities, LGBTQI people, and people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to apply.


We are reopening our Berkeley office. We have a hybrid work model that incorporates in-office and remote work for most positions.

DREDF requires all employees who work on site to be vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption applies.

To apply, please email a cover letter describing your qualifications for the position, a resume, a list of references, and two writing samples to:

Susan Henderson, Executive Director

DREDF does not contact references until the final stages of the selection process following interviews. DREDF will let you know if you reach this stage and we plan to contact your references.

We appreciate your interest. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Disability Civil Rights Staff Attorney- Updated Salary Scale- Open Until Filled
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