350 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
This position will be critical to helping low-income Californians access free legal information in the years to come. As civil liberties are threatened, the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) supports the legal safety net by working to secure funding, encourages collaboration between organizations, and facilitates communication through lists and conferences.
LAAC is the statewide membership organization for almost 100 legal nonprofits. LAAC advocates for its members and low-income Californians through lobbying in Sacramento, trains in core substantive areas, analyzes best practices, and works to improve the effectiveness of legal aid in California.
This is a great attorney position for someone interested in legal services nonprofits, legislative and administrative advocacy, and support for the statewide system of other legal nonprofits. This is also a great position for someone who is returning to work after taking time away from the practice of law.
Located in Oakland, the Program Attorney will report directly to the Executive Director, will work frequently with the Directing Attorney, and will supervise non-attorney program staff. Funding is secured for this position for one year, and LAAC is currently working to secure funding to make this a permanent position.
Key Responsibilities (percentages are approximate and may change as needed):
Program Coordination (70%)
- Disaster preparedness for the California legal aid community: Serve as LAAC’s representative on the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative, the Bay Area group of legal agencies responding to disasters and the resulting legal needs in the Bay Area; create simple protocols for organizations to easily adopt when disasters may affect their staff and offices; create resources on how low-income Californians may be affected in different substantive legal areas after natural disasters for use by legal aid and volunteer attorneys; and curate materials available online for the public to explain legal issues to the public after a disaster.
- Management of www.LawHelpCA.org, a legal resource and referral website for low-income Californians: Supervise program staff responsible for upkeep of website; provide online and in-person training and outreach to lawyers, librarians, social services workers, and clients throughout the state on how to navigate www.LawHelpCA.org; oversee ongoing improvements to the site to increase usability; plan and execute outreach efforts to potential site users and contributors, including creation and distribution of marketing materials; explore integration with other sites and participate in building coalitions and developing new partnerships, including liaising with national organizations and programs in other states working in the law and technology space.
- Training: Supervise program staff responsible for holding LAAC conferences and online trainings for nonprofit attorneys and court self-help staff. This will include two to three larger conferences (75-200 attendees), less than five smaller, regional conferences and meetings, and between 15-20 webinars each year.
- Support to Executive Director: Responsible for research and memo-writing on proposals that affect California’s nonprofit legal services community. This includes the opportunities for public comment from both the State Bar of California and the Administrative Office of the Courts.
- Legislative Advocacy: Responsible for research on California bills affecting the legal services community. This will include gathering existing fact sheets, creating template letters of support or opposition, and maintaining a database of legislators and contacts.
- Supervise program staff responsible for implementing social media and online strategies.
- Follow California and national research on the value and impact of a legal aid attorney in order to use the most recent information in LAAC’s communications.
- J.D. (bar passage not required, but helpful)
- Project management and/or event coordination experience
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to write/edit well and produce quality publications with strong attention to detail
- Capable of working independently and as part of a team
- Expertise in Word, Excel, Google applications, online databases
- Experience working with low-income and underserved communities preferred—bonus if you’ve worked or interned for a LAAC member in the past
- Competitive salaries $50,000 – $66,000 (DOE) and generous benefits
- A commitment to work life balance
- Opportunity to learn the legal services landscape in California
- Training and professional development support
- Great benefits, including an employer-matched retirement plan; health, vision, dental insurance; paid holidays, vacation and sick leave; commuter benefits; Long-term disability insurance and life insurance
- Supportive team-based environment that allows you to take an early lead on projects
- Some travel required, expenses paid by LAAC
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Application: Send (1) a cover letter with a detailed explanation of your qualifications and why you are a match for this; (2) your resume; (3) three references; and (4) a writing sample of no more than 5 pages via email to the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Program Attorney” in your email subject header. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the start date will be asap.
LAAC seeks to fill this position with someone who shares our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity. We encourage all interested individuals to apply — especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people with disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or anyone belonging to any other federal or state protected category.