Social Justice Attorney – focused on Medical Legal Partnership (“MLP”) Contra Costa County Regional Office
Organization: Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is committed to ensuring civil justice for the most vulnerable members of our communities and fighting the systemic and racial inequities that perpetuate intergenerational poverty. Rooted in Bay Area communities from Silicon Valley to Napa Valley, we center our work around the civil legal needs of families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, persons with disabilities and individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. 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 the financial health of consumers, expand access to healthcare, eliminate barriers to reentry and fight gentrification and displacement of low‐income families. For our clients, BayLegal makes the difference between staying in poverty and thriving toward a brighter, more stable future.
Position: We are seeking an attorney to join our dynamic Medical Legal Partnership, a cutting edge model of legal service delivery spanning all of BayLegal’s substantive practice areas through a lens of individual and public health. BayLegal has partnered with Contra Costa Health Services to provide wraparound civil legal services targeting persons with long‐term or chronic health conditions, and high emergency health care utilizers. The goals of our MLP work are improving health outcomes, stabilizing low‐income individuals and families, and reducing the negative impacts of poverty. The attorney selected for this position will have the unique opportunity to gain experience and provide representation across multiple practice areas.
Location: This position is based in our Contra Costa Regional Office in Richmond, CA and ability to travel to all parts of Contra Costa County is necessary to best serve our low‐income clients who may not otherwise be able to access free legal help. There may be travel within BayLegal’s broader service areas in other Bay Area counties, and occasional in‐state and out‐of‐state travel as opportunities for training and advocacy arise.
As a BayLegal Attorney you will have the opportunity to do the following:
- Gain broad experience and training in a range of civil legal substantive areas and legal strategies;
- Provide spectrum of legal assistance from advice/counsel by phone to full representation in a wide range of civil legal matters;
- Identify systemic problems that affect our clients’ rights and address these challenges through affirmative advocacy, impact litigation, and policy work;
- Collaborate and coordinate with healthcare partners to assure effective referrals and holistic service delivery;
- Assist with other firm needs, such as supervising volunteers and interns, participating in firm‐wide projects, and helping with grant applications and reporting obligations.
- Conduct community outreach, education and training; and
- Develop relationships and engage in collaboration with a range of public and private community partners, including governmental agencies, courts, and community based organizations, to ensure integrative services and address systemic barriers facing BayLegal’s client community.
- Admitted to the CA State Bar;
- Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision;
- Excellent writing, editing, and proof‐reading skills, with ability to be detail‐oriented;
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic and multi‐sector team;
- Curious and self‐directed with an ability to anticipate client and healthcare partner needs;
- Cultural humility in working with low‐income 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 limited English proficiency; and
- Familiarity with the diverse communities and geography of the county a
Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. BayLegal has a generous benefits package which includes 100% Employer covered medical, dental, and life insurance for employee and 40‐50% for dependents; parental leave long term disability; 14 paid holidays each year; vacation (starting 13 days and increasing additional years of employment); and sick leave; employer student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program; bilingual stipends; and 401k retirement plan employer contributions after first year.
Applications: Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diverse workforce 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 (1) cover letter with a response to the question below, (2) resume, (3) references, and (4) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e‐mail to email@example.com. Be sure to refer to the posting “Social Justice Attorney ‐ MLP —Contra Costa County” in the title of your email.
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 cultural humility, inclusion and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.