Staff Attorney I

Youth Practice Group


Individuals who are Deaf or Disabled are encouraged to apply.

Office Location: Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, or Remote within California

Salary Range (DOE):  $63,063 – $84,513 annually

We base salary and position offers on experience and an internal equity analysis.

EXCELLENT BENEFITS including 8% 401k Match and a LRAP (Loan Repayment Assistance Program)  program that pays up to $300 per month depending on salary and debt.

Employment Status: Regular, Full Time, Exempt


Disability Rights California (DRC) is a statewide, non-profit legal organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities.  DRC works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through individual and impact litigation, state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy, and community education and training. DRC provides reasonable disability accommodations to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



The Staff Attorney I will provide direct special education advocacy in due process and state complaints.  The Staff Attorney I will also have the opportunity to develop litigation skills by working on impact litigation with more experienced legal staff.

See Job Flyer for more information about the Youth PG!



Essential functions are the job responsibilities an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Participating in impact litigation.
  • Representing clients in negotiations, mediations and judicial and administrative proceedings.
  • Participating in public policy activities including, but not limited to, the reviewing and drafting of legislation and regulations.
  • Engaging in community-based advocacy, outreach, and training to disability communities and organizations, particularly to underserved communities.
  • Providing information and short-term assistance to clients.
  • Preparing training materials, publications, reports and special projects.



  • Juris Doctor degree (JD) plus 1-2 years’ experience.
  • Awareness of cultural competency and intersectional issues.
  • Ability to research and analyze legal authority.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.



Must be a member of the California State Bar, or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program.



Ability to travel (when it is safe to do so) occasionally for activities such as out-of-town meetings, training, or outreach activities up to 25% of the time.


If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following:

  1. Online Disability Rights California Application Form
  2. Your resume
  3. Cover Letter: We need a workforce that can utilize insights and strategies that can come from both professional and personal experience. In your cover letter, please tell us about yourself and why you are a great fit for this position and for DRC.
  4. Sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text.


Working at DRC is more than just a job – it is a rare opportunity to do what you are good at while making a difference! Please APPLY,!

Staff Attorney, Youth Practice Group
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