STAFF ATTORNEY, ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM 

at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto 

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by community leaders engaged in the social justice movement. Our mission is to provide transformative legal services that enable diverse communities in East Palo Alto and beyond to achieve a secure and thriving future. We serve low-income and working-class populations, predominantly communities of color in the areas of immigration, housing, employment, and reentry law. We maximize our impact by coupling direct services with community education, technical assistance, and policy advocacy. 

Our Values 

We value Service, Equity, Humility, and Inclusion and practice: 

  • Working towards our mission in concert with colleagues, our clients, and community. We recognize that people come to us as whole beings. Service is inherent in treating others the way you want to be treated and recognizing we all have the power to create change. 
  • Acknowledging, addressing, and reducing harm that results from inequities in society and within our own organization. Working for equity involves decreasing systematic mistreatment and barriers created by systems of social inequality. It also involves working towards increasing shared access to power, privilege, and resources in the community and within the workplace 
  • Understanding that learning is a life-long process, and we can learn from non-traditional sources, like clients and each other. Humility is listening with active curiosity and thinking about your own reactions and judgments. Humility is appreciating other identities, expressions, behaviors and ways of being and doing that are different from your own. 
  • Creating an environment where everyone, including those who have been historically excluded, is valued, able to participate fully, and have a voice. 

The success of our mission is dependent on building and maintaining an organization that includes people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with new perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Location 

CLSEPA is a hybrid workplace. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most CLSEPA employees work remotely with some in-office presence due to their personal preference, work-related needs, or client needs. Employees are expected to reside in California and at a distance allowing them to commute to their physical CLSEPA base location or other service delivery locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories. 

You Will 

As a Staff Attorney in Economic Advancement Program, you will: 

  • Work primarily remotely in California. 
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on workers’ rights, reentry, and consumer issues. 
  • Provide legal representation to clients with convictions with record clearance petitions and hearings. ● Provide legal representation to workers in negotiations with employers, administrative proceedings, and court litigation to recover unpaid wages and remedy other employment-related legal problems. ● Collaborate with CLSEPA’s other teams on cross-over issues, such as immigration-related post-conviction relief and fair chance housing.
  • Participate in community outreach events and legal workshops/clinics. 
  • Assist with grant reporting needs. 

You have 

  • California Bar membership, waiting on results, or plan to take the California Bar in July 2022; ● Proficiency in verbal Spanish; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income populations and communities of color; ● Excellent written and oral communication skills; 
  • Ability to relate to and communicate with a broad range of clients and colleagues; and 
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others, both within the organization and in the community. 

Compensation 

Starting salary for this full-time exempt position is $73,000 or higher (depending on experience). Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental and vision) for employees, health coverage for their dependents, life and disability insurance, paid state bar dues, and malpractice insurance. Generous paid time off policy, which includes 5 floating holidays at the start of employment and per calendar year thereafter, additional generous vacation and sick accruals and paid sabbatical at 5 and 10 years of employment. CLSEPA also offers a flexible spending plan, for qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures, and retirement options. This position qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. 

Application Process 

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by visiting https://forms.gle/ZL1CuoXRXr2X25ZR7 CLSEPA will review completed applications starting May 19, 2022. 

Proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination, including eligible booster(s), will be required for all employees (except for reasonable accommodations due to medical or religious beliefs). 

CLSEPA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees/applicants in all of our employment practices without regard to race, religion, color, sex or gender (including gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, pregnancy-and childbirth- related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, uniform-service member/veteran status, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, taking/requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law.

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