Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego or Sacramento

SALARY RANGE (DOE): $96,976 – $129,957 annually

Apply by August 19, 2019, for late August interviews

DRC is seeking bold, veteran litigators to co-lead our Civil Rights Practice Group.

In our Practice Group, the managing attorney handles supervisory and administrative tasks for the team with a small amount of time for advocacy. The litigation counsel shape our team-wide litigation vision, support experienced litigators in their cases, mentor junior attorneys, and—most importantly—litigate. Structurally, the litigation counsel report to the managing attorney. But in practice, they lead our team together.

We are a diverse, statewide team of passionate attorneys developing impactful cases to stop discrimination against people with disabilities. While we use a variety of advocacy tools, we are a litigation-focused group. We work together on our lawsuits to ensure that everyone has opportunities to both lead and support cases. And we are adopting community lawyering and identity-conscious approaches to reach Californians we have previously missed.

Our current goals include:

  • confronting the criminalization of people experiencing homelessness;
  • protecting and increasing affordable, accessible housing;
  • challenging discrimination in private and public programs;
  • ensuring access to transportation and sidewalks;
  • increasing access to courts; and
  • addressing the intersectional needs of people with disabilities.

In addition to our specialized unlawful detainer practice, our work includes:

  • Challenging San Diego’s shameful persecution of homeless people with disabilities living in vehicles, Bloom v. San Diego, S.D. Cal. 17-cv-02324 (won preliminary injunction August 2018);
  • Fixing two decades of constant elevator outages in an eight-story HUD senior and disabled building in Compton, Hunter v. Chatman, C.D. Cal. 18-cv-05760 (settled April 2019);
  • Pushing for equal access to a physically inaccessible community college campus, Guerra v. WLAC, 9th Cir. 18-56236 (briefing in progress);
  • Teaming up with Community Legal Aid Society SoCal and Latham & Watkins, LLP, in protecting the rights of, and obtaining appropriate services for, people experiencing homelessness who were forced out of the Santa Ana riverbed, Ramirez v. County of Orange, C.D. Cal., 18-cv-00220-DOC-KES (settled July 2019);
  • Appealing a published decision (obtained before DRC’s involvement) that misinterpreted the Section 8 developmental disabilities income exemption not to exempt IHSS payments that keep people with developmental disabilities in their homes, Reilly v. Marin Housing Authority, Cal. S. Ct. S249593 (fully briefed, awaiting oral argument date); and
  • Reclaiming meaningful access to sidewalks for people with vision and mobility impairments in the face of shared scooters and bikes, Montoya v. San Diego, S.D. Cal. 19-cv-00054 (five motions to dismiss pending).

We value lived experiences and experiences working with our clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.

 

Minimum Qualifications: Juris Doctor and admission to the California State Bar.

 

This position requires a minimum of twelve years of practice including substantial civil litigation experience. We consider clerkships and criminal defense experience on par with civil experience, but candidates with mixed experience should have at least five years’ experience in civil litigation.

 

Working at DRC is more than just a job – it is a rare opportunity to do what you are good at while making a difference! DRC offers competitive salaries and a generous benefit package. To view the detailed job description and complete the application process visit https://jobs.lever.co/disabilityrightsca/e9549ccf-9152-4a71-8d73-d3200dd8f059?lever-origin=applied&lever-source%5B%5D=Internal%20Flyer

Litigation Counsel – Civil Rights Practice Group