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Staff Attorney

Description: 

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA LEGAL SERVICES

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR

STAFF ATTORNEY

WHO WE ARE: For over 50 years, CCLS has been representing and advocating for low-income individuals in Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties—a region where intense poverty exists side by side with unparalleled wealth and abundance.  Our mission is to provide high quality, no-cost civil legal services to low income individuals, families, and communities—improving the wellbeing of our Valley through systems-changing advocacy, client education, and legal work that meets individual clients’ immediate needs.  We also work closely with agencies and community organizations that share our commitment to support our clients in being their own agents of change. 

CCLS seeks dedicated staff attorneys to provide high-quality legal services, from advice and brief services to full representation.  Candidates will be considered for opportunities in all legal practice areas, including Senior/Consumer Law, Housing Law, Health Law, Family Law, and with our Legal Advice Line.

Position:                                 Staff Attorney

Experience:                             All Experience Welcome

                                                Spanish or Hmong Fluency Strongly Preferred

Application Deadline:             Open Until Filled

Location:                                 Fresno, Visalia, and Merced Offices (as needed)

Term of Employment:            Full Time, Regular  

Other:                                     FLSA Exempt, Union Position

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please visit https://www.centralcallegal.org/careers/ or click the link below to submit an online application and join our CCLS family to help us Advance Justice & Empower People.

 

COMPLETE APPLICATION:

  1. Résumé
  2. Cover Letter addressing the following questions:
    1. Please tell us briefly about your experience, if any, doing advocacy work with a low-income community.  What skills and qualities did you bring that were important to the effort?  What did you learn? 
    2. Please describe your leadership experience, if any.
    3. Tell us about your connection to the Central Valley:  how well do you know it?  Do you have ties here?  What draws you here?
    4. Do you have particular interest in being a Legal Aid lawyer?  If so, please tell us about that.
  3. Three Professional References
  4. Legal Writing Sample

 

DUTIES:

  • Work with CCLS advocates to ensure delivery of high-quality legal representation to clients consistent with CCLS program priorities;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with client groups and community-based service providers, and work with them to identify community lawyering opportunities;
  • Identify and analyze systemic issues through individual and impact casework;
  • Participate in planning and strategy meetings with project partners and statewide networks of Legal Aid advocates;
  • Participate in weekly CCLS case review meetings, stay current on changes in the law, including continuing legal education, and adhere to CCLS policies and procedures;
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of California; or eligible to practice as a Provisionally Licensed Lawyer or Registered Legal Services Attorney;
  • Experience working with low-income clients, collaborating effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations, and connecting and strategizing with local community leaders;
  • Litigation and/or general courtroom experience is strongly preferred;
  • Previous experience handling a legal caseload is preferred;
  • Previous Legal Aid or other non-profit legal services experience desirable;
  • Bilingual ability strongly preferred (Hmong/English or Spanish/English);
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, as well as strong legal research skills;
  • Comfortable working with clients who have been subject to extremely emotional circumstances and high-pressure situations in a manner that balances compassion and advocacy;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure both individually and within a team;
  • Ability to travel as needed, proof of liability and property insurance on vehicle used.
 

 

SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary Range DOE $54,684 - $91,404; benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurance coverage; employer contribution to 403(b) plan based on length of service; 14.5 paid holidays; generous vacation and sick leave policy; some professional dues paid by CCLS; if qualified, participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program, and/or a Bilingual Supplement.

 

CCLS is an equal opportunity employer:  we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law.  We encourage all interested individuals to apply.

 

Requirements: 

DUTIES:

  • Work with CCLS advocates to ensure delivery of high-quality legal representation to clients consistent with CCLS program priorities;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with client groups and community-based service providers, and work with them to identify community lawyering opportunities;
  • Identify and analyze systemic issues through individual and impact casework;
  • Participate in planning and strategy meetings with project partners and statewide networks of Legal Aid advocates;
  • Participate in weekly CCLS case review meetings, stay current on changes in the law, including continuing legal education, and adhere to CCLS policies and procedures;
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of California; or eligible to practice as a Provisionally Licensed Lawyer or Registered Legal Services Attorney;
  • Experience working with low-income clients, collaborating effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations, and connecting and strategizing with local community leaders;
  • Litigation and/or general courtroom experience is strongly preferred;
  • Previous experience handling a legal caseload is preferred;
  • Previous Legal Aid or other non-profit legal services experience desirable;
  • Bilingual ability strongly preferred (Hmong/English or Spanish/English);
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, as well as strong legal research skills;
  • Comfortable working with clients who have been subject to extremely emotional circumstances and high-pressure situations in a manner that balances compassion and advocacy;
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure both individually and within a team;
  • Ability to travel as needed, proof of liability and property insurance on vehicle used.
 
To Apply: 

Please visit https://www.centralcallegal.org/careers/ or click the link below to submit an online application and join our CCLS family to help us Advance Justice & Empower People.

 

Information

Submission Deadline: 
May 20, 2021
Organization Information: 
Central California Legal Services
2115 Kern St., Suite 200
Fresno, CA 93721
United States
Phone: 559-570-1217