Senior Attorney

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Practice Group

Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, Sacramento, or Work from Home (California Only)


SALARY RANGE: $85,176 – $124,722 annually. We base salary and position offers on experience and an internal equity analysis.

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


Disability Rights California (DRC) is the Protection & Advocacy system for the State of California. DRC is a nonprofit agency with a mandate under federal and state law to defend, advance, and strengthen the rights of people with disabilities.  DRC works to create a world where all people with disabilities are empowered and are treated with dignity and respect by being included in their communities, afforded the same opportunities as people without disabilities, and fully recognized to make their own decisions. To effectively advocate for people with disabilities, we address systemic discrimination in every form, and acknowledge the unique challenges faced by people who experience the intersection of multiple types of discrimination.


The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Practice Group

We are a statewide team who engage in multi-pronged advocacy, including impact litigation and individual cases, administrative and legislative policy, and other systemic reform efforts, to defend and advance the civil rights of intellectually and developmentally disabled Californians. Our guiding focus is that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities must live, work, receive an education, and play in their own homes and communities, and receive the supports they want and need in those settings, to lead self-determined lives. We adopt movement lawyering principles and identity-conscious approaches to our work to ensure that our advocacy recognizes and elevates the voices and goals of the communities we serve.

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Our current Practice Group priorities include:

  • Representing intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals and their families in administrative hearings and litigating in state and federal courts challenging the denial or reduction of Lanterman Act services and other discriminatory practices on the state and local level.
  • Challenging race and disability-based discrimination experienced by individuals who receive services from California’s intellectual and developmental disabilities service delivery system.
  • Advancing the core principles of the Olmstead decision and the rights of intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals to live, work, and play in their home communities and receive the supports they need in those settings.
  • Expanding access to Supported Decision Making, Self-Determination, and other supports that advance the autonomy, preferences, and choices of intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals.
  • State budget, policy, and legislative advocacy to protect and advance the rights of disabled Californians.


Senior Attorney Position

The Senior Attorney plays a leading role in litigation and other system reform efforts to enforce and expand the rights of intellectually and developmentally disabled Californians and their families.


Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a Juris Doctor degree plus seven years of experience practicing law. Internal candidates, if employed at DRC for three continuous years and with six years of experience practicing law, are encouraged to apply.


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.


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Senior Attorney, Intellectual/Devel. Disabilities Practice Group
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