Staff Attorney

Attorney
Disability Rights Legal Center
Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that will celebrate its 49th year in 2024 as the nation’s oldest cross-disability rights advocacy organization. Our mission is to champion the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy, and litigation. The DRLC strives to bring high- impact cases in administrative, state, and federal court. These cases impact the lives and conditions for many similarly situated people. Under the supervision of the Litigation Director, the Senior Staff Attorney leads and shapes disability law practice by developing and litigating systemic issues in state and federal court; creating, implementing, and participating in campaigns advocating for the rights of people with disabilities; and providing technical assistance and education to people with disabilities, coalitions, and community partners.
Description

STAFF ATTORNEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement creative strategies to investigate and litigate systemic impact cases at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts.
  • Participate in DRLC’s efforts to bring about systemic change on behalf of our clients.
  • Stay informed about legal changes and help communicate legal changes and their significance to staff.
  • Ensure case files and time records are properly maintained.
  • Attend in-person client appointments, court proceedings, and team meetings, and engage in in-person fieldwork to support our clients.
  • Represent DRLC and its clients at local and regional stakeholder, coalition, and advocacy meetings.
  • Participate in public policy advocacy, community education, and outreach activities to effect policy and systems changes that benefit people with disabilities.
  • Participate in collaboratives or stakeholder meetings, trainings and education, and community engagement to create and implement strategies that advance the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Participate in a supportive, collaborative work culture that allows for creative, thoughtful, high-quality, and effective interdisciplinary advocacy.
  • Teach, train, and supervise law students/volunteers, including substantive law and skills training, through seminars, case rounds, and other law student/volunteer supervision activities.
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management and reporting.
  • Assist the team in meeting case goals and other deliverables for the government contract and private grants.
  • Willingness to work beyond a typical workday, including some evening and weekend meetings and events, and work weeks more than 40 hours when caseload or other obligations require.
  • Travel as required for litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, conferences, and public speaking.
  • Other duties as assigned.


EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • D. or L.L.M. degree from an accredited law school and active membership in the California State Bar, or ability to obtain admission.
  • 1-4+ years of experience, preferably in disability rights or civil rights practice.
  • Litigation experience in California Superior Court or Federal Court.


PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

  • Excellent research, written, and verbal communications skills; flexibility, and good humor.
  • Excellent legal, organizational, and time-management skills and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent judgment, calm demeanor even under pressure, strong work ethic, resourceful, and able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Decisive, with ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain positive team environment and support staff morale and resilience.
  • Ability to mentor, train and provide career path guidance to clerks and volunteers.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to initiate and follow through on work independently.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Excellent program evaluation and project management skills.
  • Ability to lead projects, provide supervision, build strong relationships, and work well with others.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Knowledge of a second language a plus, with Spanish language skills preferred.
  • Commitment to public service and social justice; positive attitude; cooperative approach to lawyering.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The anticipated salary for this position is $70,000-$91,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

Benefits offered include:

  • Employee medical insurance HMO or PPO plan 100% employer-paid.
  • Employee dental and vision insurance 100% employer paid.
  • Employe life & long-term disability insurance 100% employer paid.
  • Vacation Days: 15 days per year, 20 days per year beginning the 3rd year of employment, accrued every pay period.
  • Health & Wellness (sick) leave: 12 days per year.
  • 15 days paid holidays, including Winter Break the last week of the year.
  • Job-related professional development fees (including annual state bar dues and professional memberships).

Employees with federal student loan debt may be eligible to apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness through the Department of Education. For more information, go to https://myfedloan.org/borrowers/special-programs/pslf.

 

TO APPLY:

Location: Remote/Hybrid – Work must be performed in California.

FLSA: Exempt

Type: Full time

Must be legally able to work in the United States and maintain proper work authorization throughout employment.

Applications must include resume, cover letter, and writing sample. Submit your complete application to Anabel Prudencio, Director of Administration at AP@thedrlc.org include “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please. Only those applicants who are selected for an interview will receive a response.

 

Introductory period – A six-month introductory period will be required.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

DRLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against based on disability.

DRLC strives for a diverse workplace. Persons with disabilities or from other historically underrepresented or disadvantaged communities are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe that a diversity of experiences, opinions, and backgrounds is fundamental to achieving our mission.