Temporary Reentry Attorney (Santa Clara County)

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Job Description: We seek an energetic, culturally sensitive attorney with a strong commitment to public interest to represent individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. The attorney will assist in removing civil legal barriers impeding clients’ ability to obtain stable housing, employment, and other supports necessary for successful reentry to their families and communities. The position will be located out of our Santa Clara County Regional Office, located in downtown San José with regular offsite presence in various locations in the community. This is a temporary position, with anticipated end date of May 2019.


Responsibilities: The Reentry Attorney will represent formerly incarcerated individuals and those facing barriers related to their criminal records in matters involving “clean slate” remedies, resolving fines and fees, housing, public benefits, consumer, employment, and other civil legal matters as needed. As part of the Reentry team, the Reentry Attorney will establish connections to community and government agency partners, and collaborate with them to resolve issues, while also developing impact advocacy strategies to remove barriers to income stability, housing, and court access for criminal justice-impacted individuals and their families. The Reentry Attorney will also design and conduct community education presentations and legal information materials, and assist with grant data collection and reporting.



  • California State Bar membership; or admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California for 3 years under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program (must pass CA bar)
  • Passion for and deep understanding of working with low-income families and communities, and specifically working with individuals who were formerly incarcerated and their families
  • Cultural competency in working with low‐income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities, LEP clients, and LGBT clients
  • Familiarity with housing, government benefits programs, and/or consumer debts issues preferred
  • Two years of litigation in relevant subject areas or other relevant substantive experience preferred
  • Excellent communication, writing, and public speaking skills
  • 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
  • A driver’s license and access to a car


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.


Applications: 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 until the position is filled. Please send (1) cover letter, (2) diversity statement described below, (3) resume, (4) references, and (5) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to jobs@baylegal.org. Be sure to refer to the posting “Temporary Reentry Attorney—Santa Clara County” in the title of your email.


In a separate page from your cover letter, please address the following:

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.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.


[Please note that your response to the prompt above will not be read by your interviewing hiring committee. To reduce potential bias, your name will be removed and your response to this prompt will be read and reviewed separately from the rest of your application. Feedback on your response will then be provided to the interviewing hiring committee for this position. Therefore, if there is any specific information that you would like the interviewing hiring committee to be aware of, please make sure to include that information in your cover letter, even if there is some duplication.]