We are seeking a staff attorney to join our Youth Justice team. We are interested in candidates who are energetic, culturally competent and have a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy. The attorney will focus on providing civil legal services designed to meet the individualized needs of youth who are systems-involved, trafficked, and/or homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Advocacy will be across practice areas, including health access, benefits (e.g., foster care benefits, SSI, CalWORKs, and General Assistance), permanency, housing, foster care, reentry and education. Clients served by the youth justice team experience high rates of sexual exploitation, abuse and neglect, and mental health-related disabilities which the attorney will be expected to navigate in providing legal assistance/receive support in navigating. Our Youth Justice team runs on-site legal clinics at youth shelters and meets with youth in a variety of locations.
Responsibilities include client interviews, negotiations with governmental agencies/opposing parties, research and writing, and representation at administrative and court proceedings. The attorney is expected to engage in outreach with social services, law enforcement, youth service providers, and other community organizations. The attorney will attend regular meetings at the Alameda County office, where the Youth Justice team has its hub, but will potentially work with clients and stakeholders across the Bay Area.
- California State Bar membership (will be considered if results pending); 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)
- Strong commitment to youth justice issues and supporting and magnifying youth voice
- Experience interviewing and working with youth is preferred
- Must be self-directed and be comfortable working in a fast paced, ever-changing environment
- Excellent communications skills, oral and written
- Bilingual skills are preferred but not required
- Demonstrated experience with youth benefits programs, working with youth, trafficking victims, and/or culturally diverse, low-income client populations
- Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team
- A valid 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.
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 (see BayLegal.org/employment for details) and list of references to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to email@example.com. Be sure to refer to the “Youth Justice Attorney” 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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