Supervising Litigation Attorney

Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) is seeking an enthusiastic Supervising Litigation attorney to join our litigation team. EDC provides a vital service representing tenants sued in unlawful detainer and is on the frontline of eviction defense in San Francisco. We fight for our clients to keep their homes. The work is fast-paced and demanding, but very rewarding. You will work with an experienced team of community lawyers representing clients throughout their case, beginning with pre-trial motions, through discovery, and at trial. The Supervising Litigation Attorney is responsible for overseeing and providing day-to-day management of the EDC’s Litigation staff. The Supervising Litigation Attorney may also work in collaboration with other EDC staff (including our Volunteer Coordinator and rental assistance program staff) as part of his/her/their legal representation. He or she reports to the Managing Attorney of the EDC. This is an exempt, full-time position.

THE ORGANIZATION
Born out of a collaborative of a dozen non-profit providers and law groups, EDC provides legal assistance, advocacy and representation to predominately low-income and indigent tenants in San Francisco who are being evicted. Historically, EDC has been the first point of contact of approximately 95% of all tenants facing an eviction (unlawful detainer). Recently, EDC was named as the Lead Partner for San Francisco Tenant Right to Counsel. In this role, EDC will be designing and overseeing the implementation of tenant right to counsel. Only a select few cities in the United States have a universal right to representation for tenants facing eviction.

EDC has assisted these tenants by educating them about the legal process, advising them of their options, drafting responsive legal documents, providing referrals to assist them in fighting their evictions, negotiating legal settlements and representing them at trial. EDC also administers one-time rental assistance grants and loans through our RADCo program to help tenants who are behind in their rent to pay the rent and stay in their homes. The work at the EDC is made possible by a dedicated staff and many volunteers from local schools and the community. We are a collection of individuals passionate about advocating for tenant rights and preventing homelessness.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise program staff (consisting of attorneys and law clerks) in all aspects of their provision of legal representation to tenants facing eviction to ensure compliance with program deliverables and EDC’s mission.
  • Develop and implement evaluation process to assess needs and challenges of litigation staff and regularly meet with them to manage their development.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Litigation and the Executive Director, recruit and hire program staff.
  • Train, guide, supervise and support litigation staff as needed in the litigation process (e.g. ex parte applications, noticed motion drafting and hearings, trial prep including jury instructions, trial briefs, best case management practices and other litigation processes).
  • Be prepared to “step in” as lead counsel or second chair when cases progress to trial
  • Provide support to the Director of Litigation and Executive Director on litigation program-related issues.
  • Work with attorneys and other EDC staff to train and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Manage independent caseload and represent clients consistent with EDC standards.
  • Conduct trainings and other outreach as needed to other non-profits and community based agencies
  • Participate in encouraging positive morale in your team and agency.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • California Bar Membership.
  • Past supervision experience of at least 1 year
  • Previous litigation experience (preferably in the unlawful detainer context) of at least 4 years.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in assisting diverse, low-income communities.
  • Be well-organized, highly motivated, and creative.
  • Able to work independently and in a team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and computer literate. There is significant computer use.
  • Able to work on several projects simultaneously, and handle a high volume of activity.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with additional language skills (e.g. Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, etc.).

Compensation: Competitive Non-Profit Salary (DOE)

Benefits include:

  • Vacation accrual rate starts at 3 weeks in first year of employment and increases at the second and third anniversary.
  • Anniversary increase after the first and second year of employment.
  • Health, dental, vision, long term disability, and short term disability coverage.
  • 13 Paid Holidays.

EDC is 501(c)(3) organization, which qualifies for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Send resume and cover letter to:

Eviction Defense Collaborative

1338 Mission St. 4th Fl

San Francisco, CA 94103 or

AS ATTACHMENTS to admin@evictiondefense.org

Priority Deadline is on a rolling basis

We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from people who can contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The Eviction Defense Collaborative believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.

Supervising Litigation Attorney
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