Are you interested in supporting a dynamic team of advocates who are using their legal skills and expertise to address economic inequality and help low-income consumers assert their rights and maintain financial stability? Join BayLegal’s dynamic Consumer Law Practice!
Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is committed to ensuring fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community and addressing systemic inequities that foster intergenerational poverty. Practicing in seven Bay Area counties, BayLegal is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Bay Area. We help clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. Our clients include the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Through our regional county offices, our mobile advocacy clinics, and our nationally-recognized Legal Advice Line and Health Consumer Center hotlines, BayLegal’s mission is to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, increase economic stability, protect consumers, expand access to healthcare, and prevent homelessness. For our clients, BayLegal makes the difference between staying in poverty and thriving toward a brighter future.
BayLegal’s Consumer Law Practice focuses on halting unfair and deceptive business practices in the area of consumer financial products and on protecting the rights of low-income consumers. BayLegal consumer law staff engage in a wide range of legal advocacy on behalf of low-income consumers, including community based clinics, individual representation, affirmative litigation, policy advocacy, and community education. BayLegal staff represent individuals in state and federal court in consumer law cases at every stage of litigation, including motions, discovery, ADR, and trials. BayLegal staff and volunteers conduct regular community-based clinics in six Bay Area counties providing assistance with consumer protection issues, including student loans, foreclosure, credit reporting, debt collection, and bankruptcy. BayLegal clinics provide a unique opportunity to identify systemic patterns of illegal practice and barriers facing low-income communities that give rise to our impact litigation and policy advocacy.
Regional Consumer Managing Attorney Position
BayLegal seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy, demonstrated experience as a supervisor, and vision and experience protecting and advocating for the interests of low-income consumers. As Regional Managing Attorney, you will be a member of BayLegal’s senior management team, working in collaboration with BayLegal’s Directors, Managing Attorneys and Regional Counsels and have the opportunity to:
- Learn and engage with the consumer practice team in addressing the diverse legal needs of underserved and vulnerable communities in BayLegal’s seven- county regional service area and beyond.
- Develop and implement the vision and direction of BayLegal’s consumer law practice.
- Support, mentor and supervise the legal work of all attorneys in the unit and consumer matters taken by other BayLegal staff, to ensure overall effectiveness and high quality client services, strategic policy advocacy and litigation, including:
- Conducting regular case strategy meetings, review active and closed cases for quality services and skills development;
- Leading and supporting team members and broader BayLegal staff identifying important and emerging issues facing the client community;
- Conducting staff evaluations and engaging in staff professional development;
- Tracking relevant consumer practice developments and outcomes, and informing staff; and
- Participating in hiring, promotion and discipline related matters and decisions.
- Serving BayLegal clients by co-counseling on affirmative/impact litigation, representing individuals and assisting with community based clinics on a limited basis;
- Engage with, build and foster broad public-private partnerships, including with governmental agencies, courts, community based organizations, and pro bono partners, to ensure integrated services and address systemic barriers facing BayLegal’s client community;
- Identify systemic advocacy goals and engage in policy advocacy and litigation.
- Conduct and Coordinate Training: Conduct and coordinate staff trainings on topics related to consumer law practice.
- Work with BayLegal’s Development and Communications team to:
- Identify and assisting with pursing funding opportunities;
- Assist in reporting on successes and work for grant reports;
- Oversee compliance with grants and contracts that support the practice; and
- Assist with communications with staff and stakeholders regarding BayLegal’s consumer work practice, successes and importance.
- Participating in BayLegal’s senior management team to support BayLegal’s mission, goals and operations.
Requirements/Qualifications/About the Successful Candidate
- Juris Doctorate and good standing membership in the California State Bar;
- Five or more years of legal practice experience, including consumer protection related cases and legal supervision;
- Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision;
- Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills, with attention to detail;
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team;
- Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be done;
- Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details;
- Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigration status, religion, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.
Compensation and Benefits
We offer a diverse, family friendly environment. Compensation based on competitive public interest salaries along with a generous benefits package. BayLegal’s benefits package includes 100% employer covered medical, dental, and life insurance for employees and up to 40-50% for dependents; long term disability insurance; stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work tasks; student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program and 401k retirement plan following first year. Paid leave policy includes: sick leave; parental leave; 14 holidays each year and vacation (starting at 13 days and increasing with additional years of employment).
BayLegal 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 until the position is filled. Please send (1) cover letter including response to question below (cover letter need not be limited to one page), (2) resume, (3) references, (4) writing sample, and (5) Litigation and Advocacy Experience and Case List as described below, to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference Regional Managing Attorney – Consumer in the subject of your email.
Litigation and Advocacy Experience and Case List. Please provide a general overview of your experience litigating matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and your public policy experience. In addition, please provide a list of the most significant cases in which you have appeared as counsel. For each case on your list, please provide a citation to the decision (or, if none was published, the name of the case and the case number); a brief description of the case and why it is significant; and a brief description of your role in the case (e.g. whether you were sole, lead or associate counsel, and what significant litigation tasks you undertook). If there are more than 10 cases that fit this category, please limit your response to the 10 most significant cases.
As part of your cover letter, please address the following:
BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, the working poor, seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups. 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.
How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to serve our client base effectively and to contribute to our commitment to humility, inclusion and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.