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Senior Attorney

Description: 
Individuals who are Deaf or Disabled are encouraged to apply.   Office Location: Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, or Remote within California   Salary Range (Depending on Experience):  $85,176 - $124,722 annually   Employment Status: Regular, Full Time, Exempt   WHO WE ARE Disability Rights California (DRC) is the Protection & Advocacy system for the State of California. DRC is a nonprofit agency with a mandate under federal and state law to defend, advance, and strengthen the rights of people with disabilities.  DRC works to create a world where all people with disabilities are empowered and are treated with dignity and respect by being included in their communities, afforded the same opportunities as people without disabilities, and fully recognized to make their own decisions. To effectively advocate for people with disabilities, we address systemic discrimination in every form, and acknowledge the unique challenges faced by people who experience the intersection of multiple types of discrimination.   Intellectual & Developmental Disabilites (I/DD) Practice Group We are a statewide team who engage in multi-pronged advocacy, including impact litigation and individual cases, administrative and legislative policy, and other systemic reform efforts, to defend and advance the civil rights of intellectually and developmentally disabled Californians. Our guiding focus is that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities must live, work, receive an education, and play in their own homes and communities, and receive the supports they want and need in those settings, to lead self-determined lives. We adopt movement lawyering principles and identity-conscious approaches to our work to ensure that our advocacy recognizes and elevates the voices and goals of the communities we serve.   Our current I/DD Practice Group priorities include: ·       Representing intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals and their families in administrative hearings and litigating in state and federal courts challenging the denial or reduction of Lanterman Act services and other discriminatory practices on the state and local level. ·       Challenging race and disability-based discrimination experienced by individuals who receive services from California’s I/DD service delivery system. ·       Advancing the core principles of the Olmstead decision and the rights of intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals to live, work, and play in their home communities and receive the supports they need in those settings. ·       Expanding access to Supported Decision Making, Self-Determination, and other supports that advance the autonomy, preferences, and choices of intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. ·       State budget, policy, and legislative advocacy to protect and advance the rights of disabled Californians.   PURPOSE OF THE JOB The Senior Attorney in the I/DD Practice Group plays a leading role in litigation and other system reform efforts to enforce and expand the rights of intellectually and developmentally disabled Californians and their families. The Senior Attorney works under the direct supervision of the Managing Attorney or Litigation Counsel and in collaboration with other DRC attorneys and advocates in the I/DD and other Practice Groups.   JOB RESPONSIBILITIES A successful candidate can perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the following job responsibilities.  The Senior Attorney’s essential functions include:   ·       Develop, lead, and/or participate in litigation—including targeted representation, class action lawsuits, complex litigation, and/or appeals—that is responsive to the needs of intellectually and developmentally disabled Californians; ·       Represent individual clients in negotiations, mediations, and judicial and administrative proceedings; ·       Participate in policy advocacy as needed, including analyzing and drafting proposed regulations and legislation, participating in stakeholder workgroups or committees, and engaging with communities impacted by our policy activities; ·       Lead, mentor, develop, and train less experienced attorneys in a supportive manner; ·       Collaborate with other agencies and organizations to address new or recurring problems and issues in the provision of services to clients; and ·       Participate in other duties as assigned.   SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES May directly supervise one or more attorneys or advocacy staff in the practice group and carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the agency's policies and applicable laws. DRC supervisors conduct the interview process, hire and train employees, and plan, assign, and direct the employee’s work; regularly evaluate performance and provide ongoing feedback; work with HR to take correction actions when needed; and address complaints and resolve problems.   TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS Ability to travel (when it is safe to do so) occasionally for activities such as out-of-town meetings, trainings, and client representation activities up to 25% of the time.
Requirements: 
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Candidates must have a Juris Doctor degree plus seven years of experience practicing law. Internal candidates, if employed at DRC for three continuous years and with six years of experience practicing law, are encouraged to apply. Additional minimum qualifications include: ·       Demonstrated ability to lead complex litigation projects, build strong relationships, and work well in collaboration with others. ·       Demonstrated commitment – through lived experience and/or employment history – to working with people with disabilities, people of color and low-income clients, and incorporating race-equity and community lawyering principles into their work. ·       Expertise in one or more substantive areas of law of importance to intellectually and developmentally disabled Californians. ·       Four years of demonstrated experience in two or more of the following areas of practice related to the position: representation at administrative hearings and writs, community organizing, civil litigation (including discovery, motion practice, class action litigation, trial advocacy), or appellate practice. ·       The ability to work independently with appropriate supervision.   LICENSES / CERTIFICATES Must be a member of the California State Bar, or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program.   PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS ·       Knowledge of state and federal laws, rights, and service delivery systems as they apply to intellectually and developmentally disabled Californians. ·       Able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish or other language; or able to communicate using American Sign Language. ·       Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative mindset with the ability to work with staff at all organizational levels, as well as allies, coalition partners, and community leaders. ·       Experience working with people across a variety of backgrounds in the community, which may include individuals from language or ethnically distinct communities, people with mental health disabilities, people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, people who are institutionalized or criminally justice involved, aging populations, the LGBTIQIA+ community, and a variety of socioeconomic groups. ·       Lived experience as a person with a disability.  

Information

Submission Deadline: 
November 30, 2021
Organization Information: 
Disability Rights California
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
United States
Phone: 916-504-5910