Staff Attorney


To Apply:

Open until filled, must receive applications by October 31, 2019 to be considered for the first round of interviews.  Please send resume, cover letter and two references to patm@canhr.org Cc pauline@canhr.org with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line.


Salary:                         $70,000+ DOE


Classification:             Exempt


About CANHR:

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) is a dynamic nonprofit advocacy organization and legal services support center. For 35 years, CANHR has worked to improve the care, choices, and quality of life for California’s long-term care consumers through impact litigation, legislation and direct advocacy. CANHR is partially funded by the California State Bar as a Support Center and provides training, technical assistance and advocacy support to legal services programs throughout California.


Position Summary:

This position will be initially funded by an Equal Access Homeless Prevention Grant from the State Bar, but is intended to be a permanent position. In partnership with CANHR staff attorneys, this new position will focus on homelessness prevention for older adults and persons with disabilities facing illegal evictions from skilled nursing and residential care facilities. The staff attorney will provide technical assistance and training to legal services, engage in policy and impact work to curb senior homelessness as it overlaps with long-term care, and provide direct services on a wide variety of issues, including discharge hearings and appeals, unlawful detainer actions, and complaints to regulatory agencies.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise, training, research, and advocacy support to Qualified Legal Services Programs.
  • Engage in litigation, policy, and administrative advocacy to address the overlapping issues of senior homelessness and long-term care.
  • Provide co-counsel and technical assistance on discharge hearings and appeals, unlawful detainer actions, and complaints to regulatory agencies.
  • Assist in the development of written materials for educational and advocacy purposes, including alerts, issue briefs and training materials.
  • Develop a brief bank on evictions from residential care and skilled nursing facilities, with sample pleadings, complaints to state licensing agencies, demand letters, UD defenses, and pre-eviction consumer education materials.
  • Track client and demographic data to meet grant reporting requirements.


Reports to:

Staff Attorney II and Project Manager



  • Active membership in the California State Bar
  • Experience and ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, the public, elected and appointed officials, people with disabilities, and governmental agencies, especially at the state and local levels.



Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  CANHR provides a generous benefits package, including health, dental, life insurance and vacation.


California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform is an equal opportunity employer and  encourages applications from persons of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, persons with disabilities and persons from underrepresented groups.





Staff Attorney