Job Announcement: Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor – Consumer Justice Clinic

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Consumer Justice Clinic of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor to provide representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income consumers, with a substantive focus on student loan issues, and to train and supervise law student interns. The ideal candidate is a strong legal advocate with excellent case management and organizational skills, experience in litigation in federal and state court and consumer law, interest in training law students and a passion for working with low-income people.

The Consumer Justice Clinic is one of three substantive legal clinics under the umbrella of EBCLC’s Economic Security and Opportunity Program, which provides vital legal services aimed at improving the economic independence and sustainability of low-income families and individuals, in collaboration with the Clean Slate and Community Economic Justice Clinics.

EBCLC is a non-profit legal services organization and the community-based clinical program for Berkeley Law School, committed to increasing justice through education and advocacy and building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With over 70 staff, 150 law students, and an $8 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal advocacy in Alameda County, providing multi-modal, collaborative, and holistic services to over 5,000 clients yearly, while engaging in impact litigation and legislative and policy advocacy at the local and state level.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Represent clients on a wide variety of consumer litigation, both debt collection defense and affirmative litigation, while developing a subject matter expertise in Student Loan Law
  • Engage in policy advocacy related to student loans at the state and federal level, primarily by engaging in various coalition efforts
  • Support government agencies, advocacy groups and other legal services agencies in bringing affirmative litigation to challenge predatory and unlawful student loan lenders and educational institutions, particularly by connecting the clinic’s clients and their stories with these agencies
  • Provide and supervise students in providing advice, counsel and limited scope representation to clients assisted through our weekly consumer clinics on a variety of consumer issues: debt collection defense, student loans, car fraud, predatory lending and consumer scams, among others
  • Track and quantify trends in student loan issues seen in clinic and connect these trends with policy and litigation efforts
  • Teach, train and supervise clinical law students, including substantive law and skills training, weekly individual and group case reviews, and day-to-day monitoring of individual work
  • Oversee the development of self-help materials related to student loan management
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management and reporting
  • Participate in on-going professional development to improve client services and student supervision
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor

Minimum Qualifications

  • J.D. degree required, member of the California State Bar in good standing
  • Experience providing legal services to low-income individuals
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a demanding case load, including excellent time management, priority-setting and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, homeless clients, immigrants, non-English speakers, clients with mental disabilities, clients experiencing domestic violence, law students, service providers, elected officials and law school faculty
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with, or strong interest in, student supervision and teaching
  • Strong interest in the issues of private and federal student loans, for-profit collection practices and Department of Education regulations
  • 2-5 years litigation experience preferred, experience in student loan litigation and law a plus
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred

Salary & Starting Date

Starting salary for this exempt position is $60,000 – $90,000 based on number of years of prior legal experience, as dictated by EBCLC’s salary scale.  The position is available immediately, ideally starting May 1, 2019.

Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents, life and disability insurance and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care and commute expenditures; and retirement options. Professional development support includes membership in relevant local, statewide and/or national associations and attendance at relevant conferences, as determined by EBCLC’s professional development policy and budget.

Application Procedure

Submit applications by email to jobs@ebclc.org (include “Consumer Attorney” in the subject line). Please note we will review applications on a rolling basis and begin scheduling interviews as soon as possible. The position will remain open until filled. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references.

EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal services and legal education. Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming and culturally responsive environment for all staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients. To achieve this goal, EBCLC works actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications and community engagement to create an inclusive and respectful workplace that acknowledges and values differences.

Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs and website, and ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the position. Please also address how your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.

We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal justice system or any other basis prohibited by law.

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