MANAGING ATTORNEY OR SUPERVISING ATTORNEY

Civil Rights Practice Group

LOCATION: Sacramento, Oakland, San Diego, Los Angeles or Remote (California only)

 

Make a difference! We stand for the rights of people that have disabilities….JOIN US!

 

Individuals who are Deaf or Disabled are encouraged to apply.

SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience):

Managing Attorney     $107,757 – $157,814 annually; or

Supervising Attorney $89,427 – $124,722 annually

We base salary and position offers on experience and an internal equity analysis.

EXCELLENT BENEFITS including 8% 401k Match and an LRAP (Loan Repayment Assistance Program)  program that pays up to $300 per month depending on salary and debt.

 

Application Deadline:  Open until filled.  Applications should be received by February 4, 2022 to be considered for the first round of interviews.

 

WHO WE ARE

Disability Rights California (DRC) is a statewide, non-profit legal organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities.  DRC works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through individual and impact litigation, state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy, and community education and training.

 

CIVIL RIGHTS PRACTICE GROUP

The Civil Rights Practice Group is a diverse, statewide team of passionate attorneys developing and implementing impactful strategies – litigation, policy, and community support – to stop discrimination against people with disabilities. Our current priorities include:

  • challenging discrimination in private and public programs;
  • confronting the criminalization of people experiencing homelessness;
  • protecting and increasing affordable, accessible housing;
  • ensuring access to transit;
  • access to higher education;
  • access to websites and other electronic information;
  • access to courts; and
  • addressing the intersectional needs of people with disabilities.

We are committed to progressive social change for diverse people with disabilities and strive to build a culture of cooperation and mutual support.

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Civil Rights Practice Group seeks a managing attorney or supervising attorney who will lead, collaboratively with the team’s three Litigation Counsel to help set the vision and tone for the group while enabling staff to do their best work. The Litigation Counsel are substantive and skills-based experts who guide the advocacy of the practice group. The managing or supervising attorney will also work closely with the Office Manager to ensure that the team runs smoothly.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job responsibilities.

 

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in the disability rights or justice movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community;
  • Incorporates race equity and community lawyering principles into their work;
  • Have a strong sense of professional responsibility and ethics;
  • Experience developing, coordinating, and implementing strategic systemic advocacy projects (e.g. complex litigation, policy advocacy);
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail;
  • Have flexibility and curiosity; and
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with diverse groups of people.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Essential functions for Managing and Supervising Attorney include:

– Foster a cohesive, supportive team environment through:

  • Direct Supervision of at least three attorneys or staff in a collaborative, supportive, inclusive manner. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work in collaboration with the practice group’s Litigation Counsel; evaluating performance; directly and promptly addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Assisting with organizational development, planning, and management;
  • Seeking out and monitoring equitable opportunities for professional development, leadership, and growth for team members;
  • Serving as the main point of contact when problems arise; directly and promptly managing disputes or conflicts;
  • Ensuring staff compliance with relevant agency and grant requirements, policies, and procedures;
  • Helping staff adhere to priority areas for advocacy; and
  • Substantive advocacy as needed.

Essential functions only for Managing Attorney include:

  • Representing and advocating for the practice group at DRC Legal Advocacy Unit leadership meetings;
  • Serving as a liaison to other practice groups and units within DRC to ensure collaboration and cross-team advocacy;
  • Serving as a representative of the practice group to others, including the Board of Directors, funders, government agencies, and partners;
  • Strengthening and nurturing key relationships with community-based groups;

 

Managing Attorney Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) or equivalent and membership in the California State Bar Plus:
  • 9 years’ experience as an attorney in the practice of public interest law or internal candidates who have worked at DRC for two continuous years and have 8 years of experience practicing law
  • 5 years of experience in leadership or employee supervision.
  • 2 years of experience in administration such as grant management, project management, collaboration with other nonprofits, fundraising, or handling human resources issues
  • Experience in conducting complex litigation, evaluating cases based upon legal, regulatory, and policy requirements, and then making appropriate findings and recommendations.
  • Experience with laws, rights, and services as they pertain to people with disabilities, and/or direct representation of people with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment – through lived experience and/or employment history – to working with people with disabilities and low-income clients, and incorporating race equity and community lawyering principles into their work.
  • Demonstrated results from mentorship, leadership, and supervision of multiple attorneys or advocates
  • Expertise in one or more substantive areas of law related to the practice group (such areas of law are determined by the Director and are included in any job posting)
  • 5 years of exemplary results in advocacy projects such as intake/outreach projects, administrative proceedings, writs, eviction defense, or single client /single defendant lawsuits, for example

 

Supervising Attorney Minimum Qualifications

  • 7 years of experience practicing law or internal candidates who have worked at DRC for two continuous years and have 6 years of experience practicing law.
  • Demonstrated commitment – through lived experience and/or employment history – to working with people with disabilities and low-income clients, and incorporating race equity and community lawyering principles into their work.
  • 2 years of experience successfully leading, developing, mentoring, or supervising law-clerks, attorneys or advocates
  • Expertise in one or more substantive areas of law related to the position
  • 2 years of successfully leading multiple advocacy projects such as intake/outreach projects, administrative proceedings, writs, eviction defense, or single client / single defendant lawsuits.
  • Supervising Attorneys will be responsible for leading, mentoring, development, and training of the less experienced attorneys that they work with in a positive and collaborative manner.

 

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to travel occasionally for activities such as out-of-town meetings, abuse and neglect investigations, inspect facilities, meeting with providers, and education, training, or outreach activities up to 25% of the time.

 

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 here.

Managing or Supervising Attorney, Civil Rights
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