Job Announcement: Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor: Education Advocacy Clinic

Monday, July 23, 2018

The East Bay Community Law Center (“EBCLC”) is seeking a Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor to join its Education Advocacy Clinic (“EAC”). The EAC Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor provides representation and advocacy to youth who are systematically pushed out of school and into the juvenile legal system in Alameda County, CA. Along with EBCLC’s Youth Defender Clinic and social work program, the EAC provides wrap-around legal and social work support to the young people and families with whom we work.

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 60 staff, 150 law students, and an $8 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal advocacy in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 5,000 clients yearly and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the local and state level.

The Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor will represent clients in special education and school discipline proceedings, provide education advocacy for clients in juvenile court, supervise and train law students on these cases, and engage in some policy advocacy related to confronting and challenging the systems that operate to push young people of color, especially those with disabilities, out of school. The position requires a strong legal advocate with an education advocacy background, an interest in training and supervising law students, excellent case management skills, an interest in or experience engaging in local and state policy reform, a commitment to community lawyering, and a passion for challenging the criminalization of youth of color and low-income families.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Represent system-involved young people in school discipline proceedings and in related special education administrative hearings
  • Provide education advocacy for clients in juvenile court
  • Provide advice, counsel, and limited scope representation to youth and families on a range of education-related issues, including but not limited to school enrollment, truancy, bullying, school staff misconduct, and access to services for English learners
  • Collaborate with community partners to engage in policy advocacy addressing school push out and the school-to-prison pipeline. Policy work will account for no more than 20% of the attorney’s time, with client cases always taking priority
  • Teach, train, and supervise clinical law students, legal fellows, and volunteer attorneys, including substantive law and skills training, weekly individual and group supervision meetings, and day-to-day monitoring of individual tasks
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management and reporting
  • Participate in ongoing professional development to improve client services and student supervision
  • Additional tasks as assigned by the Education Advocacy Clinic Director

Minimum Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree required, admission to the California Bar highly preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of legal experience preferred
  • Knowledge of, and ideally experience in, special education and school discipline law
  • Strong interest in law student supervision and clinical teaching
  • Ability to manage a demanding case load; excellent time management, priority-setting and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
  • Ability to partner and work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, homeless people, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, law students, service providers, government employees, community partners, elected officials, and law school faculty
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary for this exempt position is $60,000 – $90,000 based on number of years of prior legal experience, as dictated by the EBCLC salary scale.

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 the relevant local, statewide and/or national associations, attendance at relevant conferences, as determined by EBCLC’s professional development policy and budget.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to (include “Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor—EAC” in the subject line) no later than Sunday, August 19, 2018.  EBCLC will review applications on a rolling basis and may schedule interviews before the closing date. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for three professional references.

EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal service and legal education. 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. Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our 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 address in your cover letter 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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