Housing Attorney - Legal Assistance for Seniors, Oakland

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $49,000
Maximum: $54,000

Published

05/30/2018

Address

333 Hegenberger Road
Suite 850
Oakland
California
94621
United States

Description

The Agency

Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) is a non-profit agency serving Alameda County residents who are 60 years of age and older. We provide legal advice and information, representation in court and administrative hearings, referrals to other community resources, and community education and training in the following areas: prevention of elder abuse, public benefits, guardianships, naturalization and public benefits for immigrants, health law, and housing.

 

Through its Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), LAS provides individual counseling and community education to Medicare beneficiaries in the areas of Medicare, supplemental coverage including Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans, low income assistance programs, and long-term care insurance.

 

The Position

 

Our housing program is dedicated to preserving housing for elderly residents of Alameda County with services for tenants and homeowners (such as foreclosure prevention, and common housing scams education). We believe these services can prevent homelessness and allow seniors to live with dignity and independence.

 

The Housing Attorney provides counsel, advice, and representation to clients at LAS. S/he/they is/are responsible for providing excellent service to clients and callers with legal issues. Job duties also include writing reasonable accommodation requests; addressing habitability issues through letter writing, negotiation etc.; representing seniors at risk of eviction; community education presentations; senior center intakes; and staying up-to-date in the area in which s/he practices and in other areas in which LAS provides services. The attorney is expected to maintain his/her/their own caseload and assist in the casework in other areas as necessary

 

Job Functions Include:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1.      Help resolve senior housing issues by working on tenant cases including violation of state and local habitability laws, breach of warranty of habitability claims, and housing discrimination.

2.      Prepare legal documents and accommodation requests, respond to discovery requests, attendant depositions, prepare court pleadings and attend all court hearings.

3.      Work closely with the Executive Director and Managing Attorney and contribute towards the development of the housing program.

4.      Maintain an appropriate case load. Support agency advocates and attorneys in other case areas.

  1. Travel to home visits, courthouses, senior centers, and community education presentations throughout Alameda County. 
  2. Coordinate with colleagues, court staff, and housing advocate groups to provide comprehensive service and representation to clients.
  3. Participate in weekly case review, monthly staff meeting and other agency functions.
  4. Represent LAS in the legal community, to referring agencies, to funders and the broader community.
  5. Maintain accurate client files and client contracts. Regularly maintain the data and other records for each case.

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted to, and in good standing with the California State Bar
  • Must be able to travel to court, out of office appointments and make home visits.
  • Must have compassion and patience, and the ability to work with clients
  • Must be able to multi-task and work effectively in a fast-paced, diverse legal environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking
  • Interest in senior and health care issues
  • Computer proficient, including Power Point, Word, Excel and database knowledge

 

Working Conditions:

  • Use of phone and computer systems for long periods of time
  • Alternate between static and motion tasks frequently
  • Ability to multitask in a busy and diverse office environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

 

 

Compensation:

Salary range $49,000-$54,000, generous benefits package including 4 weeks paid vacation, sick time, and fully vested 401(k).

 

To Apply: Please respond with a cover letter and resume in a PDF format to Kirsten Voyles, Managing Attorney at jobs@lashicap.org

 

LAS is committed to serving the underserved senior population in Alameda County. Our clients are racially and ethnically diverse, people with disabilities, and/or low to extremely low income. Our goal is to ensure all seniors are able to live with dignity and independence. To meet that mission, LAS strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community.

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.

 

Legal Assistance for Seniors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental health conditions or any other factor that is not related to the position.

Benefits

Generous benefits package including 4 weeks paid vacation

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.


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