Staff Attorney – Housing
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of underrepresented individuals and families in our diverse community through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. Now with over 90 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is dynamic interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are working towards a race – conscious legal services practice.
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is seeking for two full-time Attorneys for its Housing Department. This attorney position is focused on a fast-paced and dynamic unlawful detainer practice. Over the past year and as a part of our Strategic Plan, the Law Foundation consolidated its housing legal practice into a unified, mission-driven program. There is a renewed and strong focus on the prevention of displacement of low-income individuals and communities of color through both direct legal services, including unlawful detainer defense, and system change work, including impact litigation and policy advocacy. Our Housing team has built on our longstanding expertise and success to develop new approaches to training, supervision, and support of staff as well as creating innovative service delivery models.
The Housing Attorney may have several different job duties and responsibilities, and these responsibilities could shift overtime ranging from direct representation of tenants to policy advocacy and impact litigation. The Housing Rights Attorney may assist with landlord/tenant problems, eviction defense, fair housing/housing discrimination complaints, reasonable accommodations of disability, Section 8 voucher/Housing Authority issues. Additionally, the attorney may work on policy advocacy and policy campaigns, fair housing and impact litigation. The Housing Attorney will also be involved in community and client education and outreach activities, and system reform projects.
- Provide direct representation to clients in unlawful detainer(eviction) proceedings and managing an individual caseload;
- Engage in policy advocacy including research and writing, writing reports related to policy advocacy, writing advocacy letters to legislative bodies, and meeting with elected officials. Policy issues that the attorney may work on include anti-displacement policies, and tenant protections including rent stabilization, and just cause eviction protections;
- Assist and lead fair housing and impact litigation including, but not limited to, research and writing, motion writing, written discovery and depositions;
- Investigate potential systemic issues including research, writing, public records reviews, and in-person surveying;
- Attend, monitor, and provide feedback at community meetings, government body meetings, task force meetings, and other meetings/hearings related to systemic advocacy;
- Conduct outreach and community education presentations and produce educational materials;
- Support program and organization-wide initiatives, including race equity;
- Participate in education and outreach to community about legal issues confronted by low-income
- Provide legal support to non-attorney staff and pro bono volunteers assisting with client intake and legal
Ultimate placements and job duties will be assigned based upon the needs of the Law Foundation with consideration for the interests, skills, and experience of the applicant.
- California Bar Membership, or otherwise eligible to practice law in California (individuals awaiting California Bar Exam results are eligible to apply);
- Experience managing a high-volume caseload including experience representing tenants in unlawful detainer actions;
- Ability to identify, investigate and resolve client problems;
- Ability to analyze, write and present ideas and legal concepts clearly and concisely;
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and perform well under pressure in a fast-paced environment;
- Affirmative litigation experience including representing Plaintiffs in housing matters in state and federal court;
- Ability to work independently and effectively work as a part of a team, both internal and external to the Law Foundation;
- Experience in policy advocacy and/or organizing;
- Experience in community lawyering;
- Connections to and experience working with diverse populations, including communities of color and people living with disabilities;
- Ability to interact compassionately and effectively with individuals in crisis;
- Passion for social justice and race equity, as well as a desire to provide assistance to underserved populations;
- Bilingual (particularly Spanish or Vietnamese) applicants are desired.
Salary scale starts at $58,989; compensation based upon bar admission date and comparable experience. All compensation determined by the wage table of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between SEI Local 521 and LFSV. Excellent benefits provided, including paid holidays, vacation, health insurance and 401(k). More information regarding the Law Foundation is available on our website: www.lawfoundation.org.
The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage people of color, women, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. It is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the application deadline is 9/30/20.
Please submit the following via email to email@example.com: (1) a resume, (2) at least three professional references, and (3) a cover letter that explains your interest and also addresses the question below.
In order to best serve our clients and our community, the Law Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to social justice, race equity and diversity among our staff?