Senior Adults Legal Assistance (SALA) in San Jose is a non-profit law office that provides free legal services to Santa Clara County residents 60 or older, targeting clients who are low income or at risk of abuse, displacement, or loss of independence.  SALA has a staff of six attorneys that specialize in legal matters of importance to our target population, including but not limited to: Public Benefits (Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medi-Cal); Housing; Elder Abuse; Nursing Homes and Alternatives; Consumer/Finance; and basic Legal Planning for the Future.

SALA seeks candidates for a full time Staff Attorney position. The attorney will provide legal advice, brief service/document preparation, and advocacy/representation in the full range of legal matters that SALA handles. The attorney will also undertake community education and outreach activities.  Due to the vulnerable nature of SALA’s clientele, proof of vaccination is required unless there is a medical or religious exemption. Ideally SALA would like to fill the position in January 2023.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

Conduct client interviews remotely by phone, in-person at SALA’s Central Office, or in-person at senior centers located throughout Santa Clara County (when SALA appointments are available at these sites);

Provide full range of legal assistance to clients, including frequent court appearances for Restraining Orders;

Make visits to clients in their homes or visits to clients in skilled nursing or assisted living facilities;

Conduct community education or outreach activities virtually or in-person at senior centers or other locations;

Manage own caseload and work collaboratively with other SALA attorneys on cases as needed;

Maintain client files, including accurate data, time, and other records for each case;

Perform administrative tasks related to service and billings reports for funders and for program evaluation;

Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Member in good standing of the State Bar of California;

Demonstrated commitment to the needs of the elderly and/or low income populations;

Experience in Elder Law or in relevant civil legal services is preferred, but not required;

Bilingual skills in English/Spanish, English/Mandarin, English/Vietnamese or other languages spoken by SALA’s target clientele are highly desirable;

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

California Drivers License and auto liability insurance as required by SALA’s funders and insurance carrier

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Ability to sit for extended periods and frequent use of phone and computer systems;

Ability to travel throughout Santa Clara County on a regular basis;

Use of office equipment, such as copier, printer, and fax machine.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Full time exempt salary of $75,000 annually. SALA’s regular work schedule is 35 hours per week.

Benefits include medical dental, and vision plans; life insurance; long-term disability; paid sick leave, vacation, and personal leave; and paid agency holidays.

TO APPLY:  Submit applications (a resume and cover letter) to Supervising Attorney Michele Schroeder at mschroeder@sala.org or mail to SALA, 1425 Koll Circle #109, San Jose, CA 95112.

SALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Staff Attorney / Elder Law
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