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

sropelato@lsnc.net

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled

START DATE: To be determined

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

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.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

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.

 

QUALIFICATIONS CRITERIA:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Language: An ability to relate to the client community being served; bilingual in a language spoken by client communities preferred, but not required.

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

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.

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