Senior Litigation Counsel
Are you interested in engaging in impact litigation to address systemic injustices that harm large numbers of low income Californians? Are you excited to support attorneys across multiple practice areas and regional offices in their litigation efforts? Join BayLegal as Senior Litigation Counsel!
Organization: Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is committed to ensuring fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community and addressing systemic inequities that foster intergenerational poverty. Practicing in seven Bay Area counties, BayLegal is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Bay Area. 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 and Health Consumer Center hotlines, BayLegal’s mission is to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, increase economic stability, protect consumers, expand access to healthcare, and prevent homelessness. For our clients, BayLegal makes the difference between staying in poverty and thriving toward a brighter future.
Position: BayLegal seeks a talented litigator with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join our team as Senior Litigation Counsel. The Senior Litigation Counsel is responsible for leading and supporting teams of litigators bringing major impact and affirmative cases that arise out of BayLegal’s direct services work, and supervising, mentoring, and training attorneys and advocates engaged in litigation. The Senior Litigation Counsel reports to the Director of Litigation and Advocacy.
As a Senior Litigation Counsel you will have the opportunity to:
- Work with BayLegal staff to investigate, initiate, and litigate affirmative cases and major impact cases in a broad range of substantive law areas, including housing law and homelessness prevention, economic justice, consumer law, family law, immigration law, civil rights, and legal issues affecting the reentry population, youth, and veterans;
- Oversee litigation and ensure the highest quality of legal work;
- Provide training, supervision, mentorship and support to staff attorneys working on litigation matters;
- Help increase BayLegal’s capacity to engage in affirmative and impact advocacy, including by organizing periodic litigation skills trainings for BayLegal staff attorneys;
- Oversee BayLegal attorneys’ fee practice;
- Work with BayLegal’s development and communications teams to promote BayLegal’s mission and resource development; and Engage in other tasks and projects that further BayLegal’s mission and operations as a non-profit.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:
- Admitted to the CA State Bar.
- 5 or more years of experience litigating cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
- Demonstrated commitment to working for social justice and racial justice.
- Experience with public policy advocacy at local, state or national levels.
- Excellent written and oral advocacy skills.
- Self-directed, creative thinker and strategist.
- Experience supervising and mentoring attorneys, volunteers, and support staff.
- Ability to work well with colleagues and community allies in a variety of settings, including high-pressure environments.
- Humility in working with colleagues and 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/or limited English proficiency.
Compensation and Benefits: We offer a diverse, family friendly environment, and competitive compensation based on competitive public interest salaries along with a generous benefits package. BayLegal’s benefits package which includes 100% employer covered medical, dental, and life insurance for employees and up to 40-50% for dependents; long term disability insurance; stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work; student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program and 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: BayLegal 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 the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org, and reference “Senior Litigation Counsel” in the subject line of the email:
- Cover letter including responding to question below (does not need to be limited to one page).
- Writing Sample. Please submit a sample of your legal writing that is representative of your own work (not something highly edited), and indicate the names of individuals (if any) who provided you with edits or comments on the writing sample.
- Litigation and Advocacy Experience and Case List. Please provide a general overview of your experience litigating matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and your public policy experience. In addition, please provide a list of the most significant cases in which you have appeared as counsel. For each case on your list, please provide a citation to the decision (or, if none was published, the name of the case and the case number); a brief description of the case and why it is significant; and a brief description of your role in the case (e.g. whether you were sole, lead or associate counsel, and what significant litigation tasks you undertook). If there are more than 10 cases that fit this category, please limit your response to the 10 most significant cases.
- 3 references, which should include at least one individual whom you have supervised and one individual who supervised you.
- BayLegal may request that candidates respond to a short writing prompt at a later date.
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 humility, inclusion and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.