Legal Fellow/Interim Staff Attorney

  • San Francisco, CA, US

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Lisa McCorkell at mccorkelllisa@uchastings.edu. Please discuss in your cover letter any knowledge or experience you have related to the following areas of law: gender discrimination, pregnancy accommodation, family and medical leave, family responsibilities discrimination, and Title IX.

Failure to provide a cover letter and a resume shall immediately disqualify an applicant from employment consideration.

Please Note:This position has been designated as "sensitive" and requires a pre-employment background check.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact Human Resources if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR WORKLIFE LAW

The Center for WorkLife Law, housed at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is one of the nation's leading nonprofit and research organizations devoted to advancing gender and racial equality in the workplace and in education. WorkLife Law's current initiatives include legal advocacy to promote the rights of pregnant and breastfeeding employees; The Pregnant Scholar project to promote the rights of pregnant and parenting students in higher education; research on how gender bias differs by race; a path-breaking study on fair work schedules for hourly workers; social science research on interrupting bias in the legal profession, STEM, and other industries; and programs and best practices for advancing women leaders. The Center has also been a pioneer in the field of Family Responsibilities Discrimination (FRD), a form of employment discrimination against workers based on their family caregiving responsibilities.

THE ROLE

The Legal Fellow/Interim Staff Attorney (title will depend on experience and fit) will serve during staff leaves of absence for a 9-12 month period, depending on applicant's availability. Working under the supervision of the Center's director and in coordination with other Center attorneys, the Legal Fellow/Interim Staff Attorney's primary responsibilities will be for WorkLife Law's projects concerning discrimination against pregnant, breastfeeding, and parenting students and workers with an emphasis on shaping interpretations of existing laws to advance legal rights. The Legal Fellow/Interim Staff Attorney will be responsible for project management; conducting legal and social science research; writing (both technical/legal and for lay audiences); providing information to students and working people about their legal rights; making public presentations; and managing relationships with key partners. The Legal Fellow/Interim Staff Attorney may be asked to work on other WorkLife Law initiatives concerning fair scheduling, gender and race bias, and/or women's leadership, as needed.

This is a 9-12 month temporary contract appointment, with a start date in late March.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Typical duties and responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conducting advanced legal and social science research, particularly with regard to federal and state employment laws and Title IX
  • Writing (depending on opportunities, may include blogs, articles for the popular press, law review articles, know-your-rights materials, website content, scholarly reports, legal briefs, testimony, agency comments)
  • Managing interns and research assistants
  • Maintaining and strengthening relationships with partner organizations
  • Making public presentations to educate attorneys, healthcare providers, university administrators, workers, students, and other key stakeholders about the law
  • Providing information to students and workers about their legal rights via phone
  • Drafting grant applications and reports to funders
  • Working with Center's directors on various administrative and managerial tasks

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Juris Doctor with excellent academic and/or legal professional background
  • Experience in non-profit or public interest environment preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equity issues and/or workers' rights preferred
  • Experience supervising students and/or administrative staff helpful

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES.

  • Expertise in employment law, particularly gender discrimination (we will consider attorneys at different stages of their careers)
  • Working knowledge of Title IX helpful
  • Familiarity with work-family issues helpful
  • Superior research and writing skills, with ability to write for legal, technical, and lay audiences required
  • Comfortable and skilled in making public presentations
  • Experience doing client intakes and advising preferred
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and law in a straightforward, accessible manner
  • Ability to maintain relationships and build networks with key allies and stakeholders
  • Ability to keep matters organized and on schedule
  • Self-starter with ability to manage projects with minimal supervision
  • Keen sense of judgment and tact
  • A commitment to WLL's values and its philosophy of principled pragmatism in defense of women's advancement and work-life balance for all

BENEFITS

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • University of California Retirement Plan (defined benefit)
  • Disability Insurance
  • Legal Insurance
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • Thirteen paid holidays per year
  • Pre-tax Retirement Savings Programs
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for transportation-related, healthcare and dependent care expenses

Please Note:This position has been designated as "sensitive" and requires a pre-employment background check.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact Human Resources if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Applicants who meet the position requirements will be competitively evaluated to identify the individuals whose breadth and depth of experience and education most closely relate to the stated requirements and the needs of the College. A skills assessment will be conducted to determine if the minimum requirements are met. Depending on the quality and number of the applications received, only the better qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview. The position is open until filled.

UC Hastings College of the Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Expertise in employment law, particularly gender discrimination (we will consider attorneys at different stages of their careers)
  • Working knowledge of Title IX helpful
  • Familiarity with work-family issues helpful
  • Superior research and writing skills, with ability to write for legal, technical, and lay audiences required
  • Comfortable and skilled in making public presentations
  • Experience doing client intakes and advising preferred
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and law in a straightforward, accessible manner
  • Ability to maintain relationships and build networks with key allies and stakeholders
  • Ability to keep matters organized and on schedule
  • Self-starter with ability to manage projects with minimal supervision
  • Keen sense of judgment and tact
  • A commitment to WLL's values and its philosophy of principled pragmatism in defense of women's advancement and work-life balance for all

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    San Francisco, CA, US 94102
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