Staff Attorney (Contract)
Sacramento County Office
POSITION: Staff Attorney
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, résumé, writing sample, and three references with telephone numbers to:
Sara Ropelato, Managing Attorney
515 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled
START DATE: To be determined
Founded in 1956, Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) provides high quality civil legal assistance to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities in 23 northern California counties.
Under supervision of the Sacramento office’s Managing Attorney, will participate in all aspects of advocacy and litigation including, but not limited to: client interviews, factual investigation, legal research, discovery, preparation of legal documents, negotiations, trials, and appellate work in both state and federal courts; appear at administrative hearings; provide legal advice to individual clients, and general legal information to eligible community groups as well as to the public in general; responsible for serving medical-legal partnership sites, including intake and case handling for medical-legal partnership clients and ongoing medical provider training. Travel to off-site medical-legal partnership locations will be required.
- Knowledge of the principles and procedures of litigation in state and federal Courts, administrative agencies and hearing rights; substantive areas of law relevant to program/office case priorities; principles of community development and establishment of working relationships; the theories of changes in the law and how to implement strategies for developing changes; principles and procedures of legislative advocacy; the importance of written reports to management; computer research methods.
- Skills: Client interviewing, investigation, legal research, analytical reasoning ability, creativity, excellent English writing skills, negotiation, trial skills, appellate writing and oral argument, communication/listening skills, ability to work under stress and short time lines, ability and desire to work with/for poor people, people with disabilities and other under-served populations; ability to empathize with the client community, and the ability to do computer research.
- Language: An ability to relate to the client community being served; bilingual in a language spoken by client communities preferred, but not required.
J.D. and a member of the California Bar. This is an entry-level position or higher – attorney with one (1) to five (5) years’ experience working with low-income people preferred; experience with community outreach preferred; Spanish-speaking ability preferred, but not required.
SALARY RANGE: DOE, starting at $5,417/month
BENEFITS: Legal Services of Northern California offers an excellent fringe benefit plan.
LSNC PROVIDES A BILINGUAL BONUS FOR EMPLOYEES WHO SPEAK A SECOND
LANGUAGE, OTHER THAN ENGLISH, COMMONLY SPOKEN BY CLIENTS WHEN THE SECOND LANGUAGE IS USED ON THE JOB FOR WHICH THE PERSON IS EMPLOYED.
LSNC IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER AND ENCOURAGES WOMEN, PEOPLE OF COLOR, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, OLDER PEOPLE, AND LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE TO APPLY.