JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: TEMPORARY ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM (EAP) ATTORNEY

 Applications reviewed on a rolling basis

CLSEPA seeks a full-time, temporary attorney from November 2021 to April 2022 to represent clients in litigation and administrative proceedings on a range of economic advancement issues with its EAP team. The attorney can focus on one or more of the three areas of practice: workers’ rights, reentry, or consumer law. The attorney will work on current, pending matters, and provide advice and information to clients about their rights. In Silicon Valley, communities of color, especially Latinx communities, and other low-wage workers are facing a crisis of evictions, financial insecurity due to the pandemic, and barriers to family unity due to immigration-related challenges. CLSEPA is a legal services non-profit that combines policy advocacy and impact litigation with direct legal services. We specialize in housing, immigration, and economic advancement. Our legal advocates work side-by-side with low-income communities, predominately communities of color in East Palo Alto and the Peninsula, to bring about lasting change.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Training to be provided as needed)

  1. Represent clients in litigation and administrative proceedings, with an emphasis on workers’ rights, reentry issues, and/or consumer issues.
  2. Negotiate on behalf of clients with employers, potential employers, creditors, and credit reporting agencies.
  3. Depending on experience, train, mentor, and supervise legal fellows, pro bono attorneys, and law students working on cases and at clinics.
  1. Participate in community outreach events and legal workshops/clinics.
  2. The work is primarily remote, but preference is given to local applicants available for in-person work as it becomes safe to do so.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  1. Membership in the California State Bar is required, with a minimum of 4 years of experience as an attorney preferred
  2. Experience in one of the three focus areas (workers’ rights, reentry, or consumer law) preferred but not required
  3. Proficiency in verbal Spanish preferred but not required
  4. Commitment to serving low-income populations and communities of color
  5. Effective written and oral communication skills
  6. Ability to relate to and communicate with a broad range of clients and colleagues
  7. Values working cooperatively with others, both within the organization and in the community

Salary Range: $2,807.69 to $4,038.36 bi-weekly. Depending on years of experience of 0 to 15 years.

To Apply: Please email resume, cover letter, and list of three references to jobs@clsepa.org with “Temporary EAP Attorney” in the subject heading. No calls please. In your cover letter, please address the following for your application to be considered. CLSEPA’s clientele is extremely diverse, and most of our clients are low-income persons of color. It is critical that our staff work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community, and that we create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

 

CLSEPA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees/applicants in all of our employment practices without regard to race, religion, color, sex or gender (including gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, pregnancy- and childbirth-related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, uniform-service member/veteran status, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, taking/requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law.

Temporary Attorney, Economic Advancement Program
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