Supervising Attorney (Eviction Defense)

Join the eviction defense team at Legal Assistance the Elderly!  We provide a vital service, aggressively representing senior and disabled tenants in court who are threatened with losing their homes.  The work is intense, fast-paced and demanding, but very rewarding.  Our team represents clients throughout their case, beginning with pre-trial motions, through discovery and at trial.  We are looking for a dedicated and experienced housing attorney to manage this team and serve as a mentor to newer attorneys who join LAE.

 

This position will also support a community based legal clinic in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. The clinic is an innovative collaboration between community based organizations and legal service providers.

 

AGENCY DESCRIPTION

For over 40 years, LAE has provided free legal advice and representation to San Francisco’s seniors and adults with disabilities. Our mission is to keep this vulnerable community safe, financially secure and housed. Our primary practice areas are Eviction Defense/Housing (tenants only), Income Support, Health Law, Financial and Physical Elder Abuse Prevention, Debt Collection Defense, End of Life Planning and Conservatorship Defense. LAE is a friendly and collaborative work environment.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Member State Bar of California
  • 5+ years working as a housing attorney
  • Trial experience
  • Strong written, verbal and interviewing skills
  • Patient & flexible

HIGHLY DESIRABLE

  • Experience Supervising
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Cantonese, or Mandarin, or Tagalog
  • Knowledge of legal issues related to poverty and/or aging
  • Experience working with elderly, disabled or homeless individuals or those experiencing a crisis
  • Experience working in a non-profit legal service, or other non-profit

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise LAE’s Eviction Defense Department; manage and train staff attorneys, social worker and housing paralegal
  • Review new eviction cases and assign to staff attorneys as needed, facilitate eviction defense case review
  • Review program policies and procedures and make changes as needed to promote an organized, collegial, and collaborative working environment for staff and clients
  • Recruit, supervise and train law student interns and volunteer attorneys
  • Maintain accurate computerized client files and other documentation and provide project statistics to other staff as requested
  • Prepare funding reports and track program grant deliverables
  • Collaborate with other LAE practice groups to ensure that clients’ legal issues are addressed holistically
  • Provide trainings to service providers in order to improve their clients’ access to legal services
  • Provide legal advice and full scope representation in court to tenants facing eviction
  • Conduct intake interviews with new clients, including home and hospital visits, when necessary

 

 

COMPENSATION

Salary based on experience

Health, Dental, and Vision Benefits

SUPERVISED BY

Executive Director

 

TO APPLY

E-MAIL RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO:  lchiera@laesf.org

Attention Hiring Committee

Subject line: Supervising Attorney Application

 

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED. THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE NOTIFIED BY PHONE.

 

We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from anyone who can contribute to making Legal Assistance the Elderly a more diverse community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. Legal Assistance to the Elderly believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity, and the agency is committed to not discriminating on any basis prohibited by applicable law.

 

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