Are you interested in using your legal skills to help address the housing crisis, prevent homelessness, address social inequality and help ensure low-income families maintain stability and remain in San Francisco? Join BayLegal’s dynamic Housing Law Practice!
Firm: Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) ensures fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community. Practicing in seven Bay Area counties, 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.
Position: We are seeking an Advocate/Paralegal to join our dynamic Housing Law practice group and BayLegal’s mission. Our housing law practice focuses on the preservation of fair and affordable housing, addressing the root causes of homelessness and displacement. As part of San Francisco’s new Tenants’ Right to Counsel Initiative, this position will focus on supporting and working with a team of attorneys who are providing full-scope legal services to tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings.
The Housing Advocate (Paralegal) will:
- Conduct initial client screening and intake, check conflicts, and enter client data in case management systems in compliance with San Francisco Tenant Right to Counsel program;
- Maintain case files;
- Assist with settlement conferences and administrative hearings;
- Prepare legal forms, demand letters, and reasonable accommodation requests; assist in propounding and responding to discovery;
- Cite check, proofread, format, and compile motions and briefs; perform simple legal research;
- Assist with tracking deadlines, calendaring motions, scheduling court reporters, and interpreters;
- Conduct unit inspections, obtain inspection records from government agencies, and document individual and pervasive habitability problems;
- Prepare templates for discovery, motions, and trial binders;
- Prepare outreach materials;
- Assist with data tracking and grant
- Paralegal Certificate or an equivalent level of legal training;
- At least 2 years work experience as paralegal or legal assistant;
- Experience working with legal case management software and legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw;
- Strong research, writing and communication skills;
- Ability to multitask and provide support to attorneys in busy, fast-paced practice;
- Cultural humility in working with low‐income clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and limited English proficiency; and
- Bilingual ability in Spanish or Cantonese preferred; and
- Previous housing law experience
Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale (salary scales were recently increased, salary information available upon request). BayLegal has an excellent benefits package which includes 100% employer covered medical, dental, and life insurance for employees and 40-50% for dependents; long term disability insurance; stipends for bilingual employees; student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program, and a 401k retirement plan following first year. Generous paid leave policy includes: sick leave; parental leave; 14 holidays each year and vacation (starting at 13 days and increasing with additional years of employment).
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 including responding to question below (does not need to be limited to one page), (2) resume, (3) references, and (4) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “Housing Advocate (Paralegal)—San Francisco” in your email subject.
As part of your cover letter, please address the following:
BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, working poor, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and persons from other underrepresented groups. 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 serve our client base effectively and to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility, inclusion and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.