Position Summary:

San Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation (SLOLAF) is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to work in the areas of foreclosure prevention, landlord-tenant law and veterans’ services.  The position is based in our office in San Luis Obispo and will require travel throughout the County for court appearances, meetings, and community outreach.

 

The Staff Attorney will:

  • Assist SLOLAF’s clients primarily (but not exclusively) in the areas of foreclosure prevention and landlord-tenant law. Additionally, although a smaller role, the Staff Attorney will be a part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) team. SSVF is a program managed by Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) with the goal of assisting homeless veterans to find permanent housing.  SLOLAF provides legal assistance to help program participants reach this goal.
  • Manage their own caseload under the supervision of the Legal Director.
  • Provide services ranging from advice and referrals to full representation, depending on the circumstances.
  • Assist the Legal Director in determining level of services to be provided, factoring in SLOLAF’s mission, funding, and capacity.

 

About SLOLAF:

SLOLAF is a non-profit legal aid organization that provides free legal assistance to San Luis Obispo County residents.  Our mission is to provide legal services and resources to people in need, and our vision is legal access for all.  Since 1992, SLOLAF has served thousands of those in our community in the greatest need, including seniors, veterans, and other vulnerable populations.  Our staff and volunteer attorneys provide direct representation, assistance with self-representation, legal advice, community education and outreach, and referrals to other community resources.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Interview prospective clients; render legal advice; prepare legal documents; develop a caseload
  • Represent clients in all phases of administrative hearings or court litigation, including research, drafting pleadings and briefs, trial, and appeal
  • Attend community meetings, community education events and community workshops
  • Develop positive relationships with clients, co-workers and community partners
  • Handle an increasingly complex caseload
  • Assist in the training and supervision of advocates, law students and volunteers as appropriate
  • Develop creative methods, litigious and non-litigious for dealing with recurring client problems
  • Compliance with all program and grant requirements

 

Desired Skills & Other Requirements:

  • Licensed to practice law in the State of California
  • Minimum of two (2) years of legal experience preferred but not required
  • Licensed to drive in California or otherwise has a reliable means of transportation to travel to court, meetings and outreach events
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred but not required
  • Ability to communicate clearly and respectfully with those who may have educational, language, cognitive impairments or other barriers to understanding
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy, legal analysis and legal research skills
  • Ability to use appropriate software in the performance of professional legal work
  • Must work well with others and have a good sense of humor
  • Passion for SLOLAF’s mission & serving those in need

 

Salary and Benefits:

  • Starting salary: $63,000 – $75,000 annually, depending on experience (exempt)
  • Health Insurance (Up to $750/month for selected Anthem plan – employee coverage only)
  • Vision Insurance (paid 100% – employee coverage only)
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Time and Holidays

 

To apply:

  • No calls please
  • Email cover letter (required) and resume, in PDF format, to SLOLAF Human Resources at hr@slolaf.org.

 

SLOLAF is an equal opportunity employer.

Position is available immediately and posting will remain open until filled.

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