Attorney with American Sign Language
Location: Remote (must live in California) or Los Angeles, Oakland,
Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno or Ontario
Individuals who are Deaf are encouraged to apply.
SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): Staff Attorney 1 $67,477-98,817 yr
Staff Attorney 2 $80,357-$117,671 yr
We base salary and position offers on experience and an internal equity analysis.
Employment Status: Exempt; Regular; Full time (37.5 hrs)
EXCELLENT BENEFITS including 8% 401k Match, a LRAP (Loan Repayment Assistance Program) that pays up to $300 per month depending on salary and debt, a language differential up to $250/mo. Health (HMO and PPO options), dental, vision, basic life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance and flexible spending accounts (medical, dependent care and commuter). Additionally, we offer ample vacation, sick/self care leave and eighteen paid holidays (including the last week in December) and more….. We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) - eligible employer.
Application Deadline: Open until filled. Applications should be received by July 7, 2023 to be considered for the first round of interviews.
WHO WE ARE
Disability Rights California (DRC) defends, advances, and strengthens the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities.
DRC works for a world where all disabled people have power and are treated with dignity and respect. In this world, people with disabilities are supported, valued, included in their communities, afforded the same opportunities as people without disabilities, and make their own decisions.
DRC values all forms of human diversity. We are committed to a culture of belonging where all people are welcome. In order to be effective advocates for all people with disabilities, we must address discrimination in all its forms, including the unique challenges faced by people who experience the intersection of multiple systems of discrimination.
ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PRACTICE GROUP
We are a statewide team dedicated to empowering, educating and advocating for people with disabilities. We use a variety of advocacy tools including individual representation, advocacy projects, intake, and outreaches. Attorneys on our team work on all aspects of our advocacy, and have increasing opportunities commensurate with professional growth and opportunity. May be required to work at a DRC office periodically.
Our current goals include:
- Reaching under and unserved communities in within the larger Deaf, Blind, and disabled communities to ensure that they can access our advocacy services and have the tools that they need to self-advocate.
- Ensuring that civil rights laws are applied equitably and transparently across communities.
- Eliminating barriers to accessing critical services and access.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB
Staff Attorney 1
Working alongside an Advocate and with support, the Staff Attorney One will help develop a program that provides support and short-term assistance to clients with an emphasis on Deaf clients, on disability related legal matters as well as outreach and training to Deaf communities.
Staff Attorney 2
The Staff Attorney 2 represents clients in legal matters, with an emphasis on serving the Deaf community. The Staff Attorney 2 has expertise in one or more substantive issue areas, handles complex legal matters, and provides leadership and mentoring to other Disability Rights California regional office advocacy staff. The Staff Attorney 2 will also lead outreach projects in the Deaf community.
Staff Attorney 1
Juris Doctor degree and California State Bar membership, or the ability to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program.
Staff Attorney 2
- Minimum Qualifications
- Juris Doctor and California State Bar Licensure.
- Fluency in American Sign Language
- 5 full years of legal experience
Licenses / Certificates
Must be a member of the California State Bar or be able to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program.
This position requires fluency in American Sign Language
The ideal candidate would:
- Have a demonstrated commitment – through lived experience and/or employment history – to working in the Deaf community and with people with disabilities and low-income clients;
- Have experience practicing law and an understanding of civil rights laws and how to enforce them.
- Incorporate race equity and community lawyering principles into their work;
- Have a strong sense of professional responsibility;
- Have a desire to learn from and share knowledge with team members;
- Take initiative and work well under pressure;
- Meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail;
- Maintain positive relationships with diverse groups of people;
Occasional travel required: Ability to travel occasionally for activities such as out-of-town meetings, training, or outreach activities up to 33% of the time.
Working at DRC is more than just a job - it is a rare opportunity to do what you are good at while making a difference! DRC offers competitive salaries and a generous benefit package. To view the detailed job description and complete the application process here.