Senior Staff Attorney, Economic Justice
(Date Opened: May 27, 2021)
Application Deadline – Open Until Filled
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis
Job Title: Senior Staff Attorney, Economic Justice
FLSA: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Legal Director
Location: Hybrid downtown San Francisco & work from home
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF) is looking for a skilled attorney with excellent written and oral advocacy skills and experience with transactional legal work, someone who is devoted to movement lawyering and dismantling unjust systems, passionate about racial and economic justice, and committed to working in a collaborative environment.
LCCRSF works to dismantle systems of oppression and racism, and to build an equitable and just society. Formed in 1968 to bridge the legal community and the Civil Rights Movement, we advance the rights of people of color, immigrants, refugees and low-income individuals. Not only do we fight oppression and construct more just systems and institutions, we build the movement by investing in legal fellows and supporting a network of over 1,000 active pro bono attorneys who fight alongside us.
LCCRSF is woman- and minority-led. We are a diverse team of 25+ dedicated people and prioritize a caring, supportive environment. LCCRSF offers competitive nonprofit salaries, a casual, friendly culture, remote work options, generous benefits and paid time off, professional development and training, and wellness extras (such as Summer Fridays close at 3pm).
We believe that movement work must center the well-being, health, and joy of our communities. Organizationally, we strive to reflect this value by creating a staff/board culture of taking care of each other and our clients and building an organizational culture that is healthy and supportive.
We are in this work for the long haul. Our goal is to make this work sustainable, to take care of each other and our communities, to mourn together and bring each other joy, and to rest so we can be fierce in the face of power.
Our work includes free legal assistance and representation for clients facing a broad range of interrelated issues, including policing, homeless sweeps, unjust commercial landlords, fines and fees, immigration, and education. We learn from and work with our clients to identify larger patterns of injustice, which shape our precedent-setting litigation and policy advocacy in our core areas of Racial, Economic and Immigrant Justice.
About the Economic Justice Team
Our Economic Justice Team is working to innovate state and local economic policies, guided by our direct services providing small businesses with transactional legal assistance in communities of color. Currently, we are:
- Working to create state and local public banks, as part of a public financial system that invests in our communities rather than in Wall Street, and is accountable to Californians;
- Incubating and launching the first contracting cooperative for Black, Brown, and women-owned contractors, designed to create increased power to win government contracts that have traditionally been harder for minority contractors to get;
- Advising land trusts and economic justice nonprofits on entity formation, land use, and other business legal issues, expanding capacity within the movement for fairer financial systems.
General Summary of Work Performed
The Senior Attorney will serve as a critical member of LCCRSF’s legal team. The Attorney will perform high level legal work to implement the organization’s mission driven legal strategies through policy advocacy, impact litigation, and direct services. Specifically, within the Economic Justice program, the Attorney is responsible for: (1) identifying, initiating and leading policy initiatives and/or impact projects, as appropriate to build wealth and protect assets in low-income communities and communities of color; (2) providing strategic oversight and technical supervision for the Legal Services for Entrepreneurs program; and (3) engaging with coalition partners, pro bono counsel, lawmakers, and client groups to leverage resources and ensure maximum impact.
Current projects center around increasing capital and commercial space for small business owners of color, including public banking advocacy and technical assistance, community land trust advocacy and formation, cooperative business formation, and other strategies for reversing the displacement of low-income communities of color. Lawyers’ Committee is open to a range of other economic justice focus areas, including work with land trusts to increase affordable housing and mixed-use tenant-controlled properties, advocacy around tenant right to purchase ordinances or statutes, and the promotion of worker and housing cooperatives that represent the diversity that we want to preserve in the Bay Area.
Overview of Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide legal counsel to policy campaigns. Work with community partners to achieve economic justice goals. Current legislative campaigns include AB 1177, the California Public Banking Option Act and Reinvest in San Francisco, an ordinance to create a public bank working group in San Francisco.
- Provide transactional legal advice to impact-oriented transactional legal projects. Current examples include a cooperative for minority and women contractors.
- Identify, investigate, and analyze civil rights and community economic development issues appropriate for the organization’s Economic Justice program advocacy.
- Strategically select and use tools to create change on those issues, including policy advocacy, legislative drafting, litigation, media, and transactional legal services.
- Supervise and provide strategic vision for LCCRSF’s Legal Services for Entrepreneurs program, prioritizing anti-displacement small business legal services and job and wealth creation in communities of
- Proactively seek opportunities to engage in public education and media advocacy in consultation with Communications staff to strengthen policy impact and project
Overview of Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Member of the California Bar in good standing with a minimum of 5+ years of
- Experience in legislative and policy advocacy, particularly in the California legislature.
- Litigation experience preferred.
- Knowledge of transactional law, particularly with respect to small
- Demonstrated leadership in community economic
- Excellent oral and written communication
- Strong supervision, mentoring, and training
- Prior experience working with/ties to low-income communities of color and immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay
- Ability to plan and coordinate own work, run projects independently, problem-solve effectively, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Value for working cooperatively with others, within the organization and in community coalitions.
LCCRSF is seeking applicants with the following qualifications:
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
- Affinity for people and experience working with coalitions;
- Ability to take initiative on projects and meet deadlines with minimal supervision;
- Demonstrated commitment to or experience with racial or economic justice issues;
- Strong knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word, and Excel;
- Proficiency in Spanish;
- Prior experience using client management databases, especially Salesforce.
- Our office is on the beautiful Embarcadero in San Francisco (views!). We’re close to many transit options, next door to the YMCA and there are plentiful places to eat nearby.
- We’re currently working remotely through December 31, 2021. We’re developing a post-pandemic Work from Home Policy. We expect a hybrid of remote work and in-office days, including in-person weekly clinics.
- Regular working hours are approximately Monday-Friday 9-5. We offer flexible and family-friendly schedules.
Our range for this position is $90,000 to $100,000/year, depending on experience.
- 100% of employee and 80% of dependent premiums paid for Gold-level HMOs and dental/vision. Life insurance and AD&D. Extra discounts and services through an EAP.
- Employees can contribute pre-tax to commute, medical and dependent care FSAs, and dependents’ medical share.
- 403b retirement account, with % annual salary match from LCCRSF after one year
- Professional development and training. Professional association and network memberships.
Paid Time Off
- 15 vacation days, 1 personal day, 13 holidays + Election Day off in even years, 12 sick days
- Office Close last week of year (some positions have work duties during this time); Summer Fridays close at 3pm
- At five years, two month paid sabbatical and an additional 5 days/year vacation
LCCRSF complies with all applicable laws. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with different abilities to perform the essential functions below:
- Ability to remain in a stationary position to operate a computer and other office machines, and manual dexterity to operate a keyboard, for extended periods of time.
- Employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer.
- This role requires frequent sitting.
- Ability to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.
- Moderate noise when back in the office (e.g., typical business office activities).
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit 1) a thoughtful cover letter and 2) a resume by email to email@example.com (put “Senior Economic Justice Attorney” in the subject line). Questions can also go to that email.
In your cover letter, in addition to describing your interest in the position and qualifications, please respond to the following question: What in your background and experience has prepared you to work for an organization dedicated to advancing racial equity? Feel free to think broadly about your response, applying professional or personal experiences.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area thrives as an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. BIPOC, LGBTQ+ candidates, people of all gender identities, persons with disabilities and individuals over 55 are encouraged to apply.