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Staff Attorney - Guardianship Courthouse Clinic

Company: Contra Costa County Bar Association
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: May 29, 2023

Job Description:

DescriptionABOUT PUBLIC COUNSELPublic Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, social, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children's Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights & Economic Justice, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants' Rights, Veterans' Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls' Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law.Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities.ABOUT CHILDREN'S RIGHTS PROJECTPublic Counsel's Children's Rights Project (CRP) serves children, youth, and their families on a variety of legal issues, including probate legal guardianship, public benefits, and adoption, and issues affecting transition age youth. Public Counsel's Guardianship Project operates a free in-person self-help legal clinic at the Stanley Mosk courthouse two days each week. All litigants are assisted in pro per with a wide variety of pleadings related to guardianship matters.JOB SUMMARYIn collaboration with other team members, the Guardianship Staff Attorney will:

  • Assist litigants with guardianship and related petitions at the in-person clinic;
  • Supervise and manage volunteers;
  • Conduct legal research related to guardianship issues;
  • Develop informational materials for caregivers seeking guardianships and parents seeking to end guardianships;
  • Engage in local and statewide policy advocacy related to guardianship; as time allows; and
  • Other job duties as necessary.RequirementsESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES
    • California bar membership is preferred, but will accept applications from applicants awaiting bar results;
    • Zero to four years of experience in legal advocacy;
    • Excellent oral and written communication, and creative problem-solving skills;
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within diverse coalitions;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams;
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively prioritize workload;
    • Ability and willingness to staff the courthouse clinic located in the Stanley Mosk courthouse in downtown Los Angeles at least three days per week, remote work possible for the two remaining days;
    • Ability to communicate in an empathetic and professional manner with litigants;
    • Commitment to gender/racial/social justice and the mission of Public Counsel.JOB TYPE AND BENEFITS
      • Full-time, Exempt position
      • Bargaining
      • The salary range for a Staff Attorney with 0-4 years of experience is $65,000-$70,725.
      • Please note that this position is contingent on ongoing funding. This position is currently funded for 21 months. Public Counsel cannot guarantee employment past this time.
      • Public Counsel offers a competitive benefits package including:
        • Medical, dental, and vision coverage with both HMO and PPO options,
        • The option to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account,
        • A 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and a discretionary employer contribution after a year of employment, and
        • Employer-paid life insurance and disability plans.
        • Generous paid time off and compensatory time up to 40 hours per calendar year
        • Parking and transit benefitsWe value lived experiences and experiences working with clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.PUBLIC COUNSEL VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLSPublic Counsel requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including new hires. Pursuant to federal and state laws, Public Counsel will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.Public Counsel is generally office-based, but remote work has been permitted during the pandemic. As of June 6, 2022, all employees with Public Counsel will be required to work in the office at least one day per week, at the discretion of the head of department. This policy is subject to redesign by leadership. Public Counsel will work in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.PUBLIC COUNSEL EEO POLICYPublic Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate against employees or prospective employees on the basis of union membership or activity, race, religious creed, religious observance, ethnicity, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or predisposition, military service, military and veteran status, pregnancy, child birth and related medical conditions, marital and family status, national origin, ancestry, age, medical conditions as defined by state or federal law, or disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.Our leadership team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.

Keywords: Contra Costa County Bar Association, Los Angeles , Staff Attorney - Guardianship Courthouse Clinic, Healthcare , Los Angeles, California

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