We are seeking a Reentry Attorney to join our dynamic Reentry Unit in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Reentry Unit removes obstacles to opportunity for the region’s formerly incarcerated residents and advances racial justice through direct advocacy, partnership with community-based organizations and service providers, and affirmative litigation. The Unit works collaboratively with BayLegal’s comprehensive team of 100+ attorneys specializing in youth law, housing preservation, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, economic security, consumer protection, and healthcare access.
- Direct Advocacy—Represent clients in driver’s license suspension, traffic debt, criminal record remedies, housing, public benefits, consumer, employment, and other civil legal cases as needed on behalf of formerly incarcerated individuals and those facing barriers related to their criminal records
- Partnerships—Establish connections to, and extensive collaboration with, community and government partners
- Education and Outreach— Conducting community education presentations focused on civil legal issues and the collateral consequences of the criminal justice system
- Affirmative Litigation—Develop impact advocacy strategies to remove barriers to income stability, housing, and court access for criminal justice-impacted individuals and their families
- Membership in good standing in California State Bar
- Ability to work successfully with diverse colleagues, clients, and community partners This includes active participation in promoting a healthy workplace culture
- Passion for, and deep understanding of, working with low-income families and communities of color, and specifically working with formerly incarcerated individuals
- Understanding of how structural racism reinforces the criminal justice system and impacts communities of color
- Experience working with individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities
- Familiarity with housing, government benefits programs, licensing, and consumer debt issues
- Two years of litigation in relevant subject areas or other relevant substantive experience preferred
- Excellent communication, writing, and public speaking skills
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team
- A valid California driver’s license
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and life insurance; long term disability; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; law school loan repayment; bilingual stipends; and 401k retirement plan.
Bay Area Legal Aid 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. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, diversity statement (described below) and list of references to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to email@example.com. Be sure to refer to the posting “Reentry Attorney—Alameda & Contra Costa” in the title of your email.
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BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.
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