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Staff Attorney


WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 42,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBTQ+ communities, women, children, and families in rural areas.

  • Position: Staff Attorney
  • Experience: 0 + Years Experience
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • Location: CRLA San Luis Obispo Office
  • Term of Employment: Regular, Full-Time
  • Other: FLSA Exempt, Union Position

Position Description:

Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services, and the Code of Professional Responsibility.


Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Maintains an appropriate level and balance of advocacy as required by the Core Expectations.
  • Provides legal counsel, advice, representation, and other legal assistance to eligible client groups in civil matters, including administrative proceedings and litigation in the state and federal courts.
  • Provides community legal education & outreach on issues and areas within the priorities, as identified by CRLA.
  • Develops expertise in one or more of the substantive priorities of the program, using that expertise both in routine matters and in matters that involve policy advocacy necessary and appropriate to the resolution of legal problems that are of significant concern to the client community.
  • Supervises and assists in training law clerks, community workers, and legal support staff.
  • Assists and cooperates with program and development staff to secure grants and other funding and comply with grant obligations and reporting requirements.
  • Maintains and improves proficiency with all equipment, hardware, and software necessary to perform the position's duties.
  • As assigned by the Directing Attorney, Program Directors, Regional Directors, or the Executive Director and Deputy Director, other duties are related to the position.
  • Complies with the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the Legal Services Corporation Act, its regulations promulgated thereunder, and program standards, policies, and practices, including all caseload size and control protocols, case management, and reporting and grant compliance procedures.



Required Education and Experience:

  • Admitted to practice law before the court of any state.
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of CA or willing to take the next CA Bar Exam.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Able to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Good people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) Fluency Preferred.


Preferred Education and Experience:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Prior experience in legal services and additional language ability relevant.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Compensation & Benefits:

Based on a competitive public interest union salary scale, a generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy, some professional dues paid by CRLA, and if qualified - participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program (LRAP).

To Apply: 

California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

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Submission Deadline: 
November 30, 2021
Organization Information: 
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
1880 Santa Barbara Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
United States