The Law Foundation invites attorneys with a strong commitment to social justice and advancing the rights of underrepresented individuals in Santa Clara County, to apply for the Supervising Attorney position on our Health team. Applicants should have experience managing direct service client caseloads, impact litigation, and advocacy. This is a flexible, hybrid position with an expectation to be in the office 2+ days per week.

Who We Are

The Law Foundation advances the rights of historically excluded individuals and families across Santa Clara County through direct legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. Our attorneys, social workers, and advocates use the law as a tool for social change by crafting inventive solutions to the legal issues facing low-income people in our community.

With a staff of 90 employees, we are the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay region of the Bay Area. Our work is collaborative and impactful and includes plenty of opportunities for professional growth. As a staff, we actively engage in discussions about race, equity, and inclusion, and are actively working towards a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-centered legal services practice that incorporates lived experiences with movement lawyering.

Our Health program provides free legal advice and representation to individuals living in Santa Clara County who identify as having mental health, development disabilities and/or HIV/AIDS. We listen to, advise, and advocate for our clients to ensure their voices are heard and their rights are protected.

What You’ll Do

The Supervising Attorney will partner with the Directing Attorney and other Supervising Attorney to lead the Health program. This role supervises a diverse team of lawyers and professional staff to build cases, represent clients in hearings and trials, draft dispositive motions and provide technical assistance, training, and outreach to mental health providers, consumers, and community members.

Primary Duties

Management/Supervision:

  • Develop program direction, strategy, and manage relationships and workflow
  • Serve as the direct supervisor for up to ten attorneys and professional staff. Contribute to recruiting strategy and practices to fill open positions on the team.
  • Implement internal operational policies and procedures
  • Advance a learning culture by facilitating project debriefs and providing consistent and detailed performance feedback
  • Celebrate successes and help team members manage setbacks
  • Facilitate staff engagement, teamwork, collaboration, goal setting, and skills development
  • Advance the Law Foundation’s race, equity, and inclusion (REI) goals and values
  • Contribute regularly to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences
  • Work effectively with other departments within the Law Foundation
  • Participate in Law Foundation activities, such as special events and other fundraisers

Advocacy:

  • Ensure that community lawyering and advocacy is the focal point of the Health program’s work
  • Lead civil rights, health equity, and regulatory work. Litigate cases under the relevant state and federal laws.
  • Lead direct legal services work including benefits, civil commitment hearings, and public health advocacy
  • Advocate for and represent persons living with mental health, developmental disabilities, and other chronic health issues associated with poverty
  • Oversee projects and activities related to monitoring mental health facilities for legal violations
  • Cultivate new and diverse allies and coalition partners in support of program goals
  • Center social justice in all collaborative work
  • Lead trainings, education, and outreach about patients’ rights and legal issues confronted by historically marginalized communities

Who You Are

This role might be right for you if you have:

  • A deep commitment to the vision and mission of the Law Foundation
  • A passion for removing legal systemic barriers that impact vulnerable populations in our community
  • An active California Bar Membership, or are otherwise eligible to practice law in California
  • Experience litigating a full case, including building the litigation as well as settlement and negotiation
  • Full range of pre-trial work experience including filing dispositive motions and discovery (trial experience not needed)
  • 3-5 years of pre-litigation and administrative advocacy experience and/or 3-5 years of public interest or similar advocacy experience
  • Strong emotional intelligence and cultural competency and experience leading, coaching, mentoring a diverse team, and confronting inequitable work norms
  • An understanding of public benefits, estate planning, employment, and consumer law
  • Experience working with diverse populations including communities of color, multi-ethnic communities, the LGBTQIA+ community, trans individuals, individuals living with HIV/AIDS and/or mental health disabilities, persons experiencing homelessness and/or other chronic health conditions correlated with poverty, persons actively using drugs, and individuals currently or formerly involved in the criminal legal system
  • The ability to manage a litigation docket effectively and lead a litigation team
  • A strong desire to thoughtfully contribute to conversations and work regarding civil rights, social justice, and race equity
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills
  • The ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • A valid driver’s license or other reliable transportation (to travel locally as needed for case work and court appearances)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of relevant state and federal constitutional and civil rights laws
  • Experience working with the Social Security and health agencies
  • Bilingual capabilities (Spanish or Vietnamese and English)

What We Offer

The salary scale for this position is $103,000 – $120,000/year commensurate with successful candidate skills and experiences. Excellent benefits are provided including:

  • A 35 hour/week work schedule
  • 19 paid holidays per year
  • 3-5 weeks of vacation per year
  • 12 days of sick leave per year
  • Up to 6 months of parental leave
  • Fully paid medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums
  • A robust Employee Assistance Program that includes free/discounted mental health therapy and wellness services for employees and their dependents
  • A 401(k)-retirement plan with employer contributions
  • A sabbatical after 5 years of employment
  • An annual budget for professional development
  • The option to work a hybrid schedule

The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.  We encourage people of color, womxn, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply.  It is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status.  The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

ADA Accessible Facility – Equal Opportunity Employer – Drug-Free Workplace

Supervising Attorney- Health Program
Tagged on: