Details: Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale.
4 North 2nd Street
We seek an energetic, culturally sensitive attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to coordinate and lead a new BayLegal project that provides civil legal services to low-income veterans and their families. As the legal needs of this population encompass multiple practice areas, the attorney will provide legal assistance him/herself in some areas, and coordinate with other BayLegal staff for the provision of legal services in others. Practice areas may include Veteran's benefits, SSI/SSDI, G.A., CalFresh, and other public benefits; housing law; consumer law; and domestic violence/family law. Responsibilities will also include collaboration and coordination of referrals with partner organizations, tracking of project data, and outreach and education. Position will be located in our San José office, and will require travel to sites around Santa Clara County for outreach and community work.
- Membership in good standing of the California State Bar
- Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision
- Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills and is very detail-oriented
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a dynamic team
- Cultural competency in working with low-income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities, LEP clients, and LGBT clients
- Strong organizational, language, and communication skills
- Exceptional listener and strategist who can thrive in a collegial environment
- Familiarity and experience with legal services practice areas
- Strong preference will be given to those who have experience working with veterans
Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and life insurance; long term disability; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; law school loan repayment; bilingual stipends; and 401k retirement plan.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send (1) cover letter with attachment described below, (2) resume, (3) references, and (4) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to email@example.com. Please be sure to reference "Legal Services for Veterans Attorney – Santa Clara County" in your application.
In a separate page from your cover letter, please address the following:
BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal 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. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to 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.