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Part-time Housing Attorney

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Family Violence Law Center | Oakland, CA

Family Violence Law Center


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Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) helps diverse communities in Alameda County heal from domestic violence and sexual assault, advocating for justice and healthy relationships. We provide survivor-centered legal and crisis intervention services, offer prevention education for youth and other community members, and engage in policy work to create systemic change. 

OVERVIEW:  FVLC is hiring a Part-time Housing Staff Attorney to support our existing housing team, consisting of a Staff Attorney and a Case Management Specialist, with the goal of obtaining or maintaining housing for domestic violence survivors quickly and then providing them with the support they need to rebuild their lives. The project is survivor-driven, trauma-informed, and mobile, and will include flexible financial assistance. The project also is driven by the principle that because many survivors live at the intersection of multiple forms of oppression, advocacy should consider how issues like racism and poverty influence survivors’ likelihood of success.

In partnership with our existing housing team, the Part-time Housing Staff Attorney will provide mobile legal services focusing primarily on landlord advocacy and wrongful denial of housing subsidies, eviction defense, and restraining orders when relevant to housing needs (kick out orders, etc.). The attorney will be supervised by the Managing Attorney. This position was created to help address the current homelessness crisis and funding is available through the State Bar of California.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

Duties include the following (other duties may be assigned):

Maintain Caseload of 15-20 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Clients

·      Conduct intake interviews with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

·      Prepare the necessary legal documents for clients.

·      Maintain ongoing communication with clients.

·      Represent clients in eviction and restraining order cases.

·      Advocate for clients with landlords and housing authorities as needed.

Participate as Member of Legal Team

·      Attend and actively participate in regularly scheduled team meetings.

·      Assist with development, training and supervision of legal interns and volunteer attorneys.

·      Assist with ongoing development and training of legal intake workers.

Represent FVLC in the Legal Community

  • Participate in community meetings as assigned.

·      Make domestic violence presentations to other community agencies and participate in domestic violence trainings as required.

Other:

·      Work in partnership with the Housing Case Manager and the Housing Staff Attorney to provide comprehensive housing advocacy for domestic and sexual assault survivors.

·      Develop expertise in fighting substandard housing conditions and discrimination and represent clients with those issues, as needed.

·      Maintain accurate client files and regularly update data on client contacts, case information, court hearings, and court orders obtained.

Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Licensed to practice law in California and in good standing.
  • At least two years of experience representing clients in eviction defense matters and advocating with landlords and housing authorities.
  • Ability to relate well with people from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Knowledge and awareness of local, regional, and national issues related to domestic violence.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese and/or Mandarin.
  • Experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
  • California domestic violence counselor certification (40-hour training).
  • Knowledge of Alameda County service providers.

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt, part-time (minimum 0.50 FTE).

TO APPLY: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@fvlc.org, with “Housing Staff Attorney” in subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

NON-DISCRIMINATION: Family Violence Law Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. No aspect of employment will be influenced in any matter by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression (including individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or non-gender conforming), physical disability (including HIV or AIDS), medical condition, perceived physical disability or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by statute. Applicants belonging to any, or more than one, of these groups are urged to apply. FVLC maintains a policy of non-discrimination with respect to employees and applicants for employment in compliance with all applicable laws. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be regularly required to walk; sit; drive; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee may be occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Consistent with our obligations under state and federal laws, reasonable accommodations will made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions except when such accommodation would cause Family Violence Law Center an undue hardship

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment may include settings of the court room, community places, and/or office environments. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Consistent with our obligations under state and federal laws, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions except when such accommodation would cause Family Violence Law Center an undue hardship.


Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) helps diverse communities in Alameda County heal from domestic violence and sexual assault, advocating for justice and healthy relationships. We provide survivor-centered legal and crisis…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Part Time Schedule

Location

Oakland, CA

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@fvlc.org, with “Housing Staff Attorney” in subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@fvlc.org, with “Housing Staff Attorney” in subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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