THIS IS A BILINGUAL SPANISH/ENGLISH POSITION.

Individuals who are Deaf or Disabled are encouraged to apply.

Salary Range (Depending on Experience):  $89,435 – $130,958 annually

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

EXCELLENT BENEFITS including 8% 401k Match, a Loan Repayment Assistance Program that pays up to $300 per month depending on salary and debt and a language differential up to $250/mo. Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) – eligible employment.

Employment Status: Regular, Full Time, Exempt

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open until filled

WHO WE ARE

Disability Rights California (DRC) defends, advances, and strengthens the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities.

DRC works for a world where all disabled people have power and are treated with dignity and respect. In this world, people with disabilities are supported, valued, included in their communities, afforded the same opportunities as people without disabilities, and make their own decisions.

DRC values all forms of human diversity. We are committed to a culture of belonging where all people are welcome. In order to be effective advocates for all people with disabilities, we must address discrimination in all its forms, including the unique challenges faced by people who experience the intersection of multiple systems of discrimination.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

The Supervising Attorney will be the project coordinator for DRC’s Fair Hearing Project.  Project staff will provide representation at administrative hearings for monolingual Spanish-speaking regional center consumers. The Fair Hearing Project will be limited to service denials that will result in serious harm to the client.

The Project will be staffed by a total of 3 attorneys including the Supervising Attorney.  Project staff will collaborate with the Legal Advocacy Unit and the Office of Clients Rights Advocates to ensure that DRC offers a comprehensive advocacy strategy to address the needs of the Latinx IDD community.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

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

Project Coordination

  • Partner with Latinx organizations to provide advocacy assistance.
  • Carry an active caseload of clients requiring representation at hearing.
  • Supervise two staff with active caseloads of clients requiring representation at hearing.
  • Supervision of all administrative hearings, administrative writs and follow-up meetings with clients. Develop a case tracking system to monitor case status.
  • Establish and implement an equitable, objective criteria for case acceptance.
  • Mentor and support staff attorneys to ensure that they are prepared to provide quality representation while managing a high case load.
  •  Assist staff with support staff coordination.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • 7 full years of legal experience; or internal candidates who have worked at DRC for 2 continuous year and have 6 years of experience practicing law.
  • Demonstrated commitment – through lived experience and/or employment history – to working with people with disabilities and low-income clients, and incorporating race equity and community lawyering principles into their work.
  • Substantial knowledge of the administrative hearing practice, including writs, and the regional center system.
  • Able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish.
  • 2 years of successfully leading multiple advocacy projects such as intake/outreach projects, administrative proceedings, writs, eviction defense, or single client / single defendant lawsuits.
  • Mentor, develop, and train the attorneys that they supervise in a positive and collaborative manner.  \

LICENSES / CERTIFICATES

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals with disabilities.
  • Experience working with or sensitivity to diverse communities of color and low-income people.
  • Fluency in American Sign Language, Spanish, or an Asian language.
  • Experience representing clients in judicial or administrative proceedings, negotiations, and/or mediations.
  • Lived experience as a person of color, with disabilities and/or part of the LGBTQIA2s+ community.
  • Lived experience as a person with a disability OR direct experience as a caregiver of a family member with a disability.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to travel routinely for activities such as supervisory visits, team meetings, board meetings, workshops, education, training, or outreach activities up to 25% of the time. More travel may be required during period of training for new Client’s Rights Advocates.

WORKING CONDITIONS

The following describes general working conditions and requirements of the job, which can be performed with or without disability-related reasonable accommodations:

  • Duties are performed between an office or home environment and the field in a wide range of settings, including courthouses, health care facilities or other institutional settings, community agencies, or in community-based outpatient settings.
  • Duties frequently require sitting and communicating with others.
  • Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, hearings, facilities and settings where clients live.

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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! DRC offers competitive salaries and a generous benefit package. To view the detailed job description and complete the application process here.

Supervising Attorney – Bilingual, Fair Hearing Project
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