WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLAs mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to tens of thousands of low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBTQ+ communities, women, children, and families in rural areas.
- Position: Supervising Litigation Attorney
- Experience: 3+ years of experience
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
- Available Location(s): CRLA Oxnard, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Modesto, or Stockton
- Term of Employment: Temporary Long Term (December 31, 2023)
- Other: FLSA Exempt, Non-Union Position
Reporting to the Managing Attorney, the Supervising Litigation Attorney will provide comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services, and the Code of Professional Responsibility.
- Represents low-income clients and in unlawful detainer actions and other housing cases in the Helplines five counties (Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin).
- Manages own caseload from receipt of a case to resolution, including bench and jury trials in the Helplines five counties.
- Works with and supervises staff attorneys and other legal staff handling unlawful detainer and other housing litigation.
- Keeps up-to-date on federal, state, local laws and legal requirements relating to the eviction process, fair housing, and access to justice.
- Oversees litigation skills training for staff attorneys.
- Assists Community Workers and other staff in the development of community education regarding housing legal rights.
- Collaborates with Directing Attorneys from Oxnard, SLO, Santa Maria, Modesto, Stockton on UD cases and access to court issues in their respective service areas.
- Collaborates with Helpline Managing Attorney in the supervision of Helpline staff and development of Helpline priorities
- Participates in CRLA training programs, local office case review, the Housing Task Force, staff meetings, and other CRLA activities as required.
- Works with members of the private bar or law students as necessary in accordance with CRLA Private Bar Involvement.
- Participates in Helpline Hotline (gloCOM) shifts.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS & QUALITIES of our ideal candidate: We intend to bring a candidate with as many of the following qualifications and qualities as possible:
Required Education and Experience
- Strong preference for those admitted to practice law in the State of California.
- Minimum three (3) years of trial experience, preferably in the area of landlord/tenant litigation and preferably in California state courts.
- Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income clients.
- Strong legal research and writing skills.
- Experience supervising attorney and non-attorney staff.
Preferred Education and Experience:
A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:
- Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
- Additional relevant language abilities
- Ability to manage a large volume of cases.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to work with tenant advocacy groups and other third parties, including court personnel
- Ability to mentor junior attorneys
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) ability
This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
DOE, generous healthcare benefits package (Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance) and 401K retirement plan with employer contribution, loan reimbursement, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays.
Application: APPLY HERE
CRLA invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.
California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.