Job Announcement: Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor: Housing PracticeFriday, May 26, 2017
The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a Housing Attorney/Clinical Supervisor to join its 7-person Housing Practice to represent low-income tenants in unlawful detainer cases, advocate for tenants in a broad range of housing-related legal problems, and contribute to the creation of more just and humane housing policies for Alameda County tenants, as well as train and supervise law student interns. The ideal candidate is an excellent advocate with strong writing and organizational skills who has the ability to work well in a fast-paced, high-volume litigation setting, has experience providing direct legal services to low-income people, and is committed to mentoring the next generation of legal advocates.
EBCLC is a non-profit legal services organization and a community-based clinical program for Berkeley Law School, committed to increasing justice through education and advocacy. With over 50 staff, 150 law students, and a $5 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County and provides multimodal, collaborative, and holistic services to over 5,000 clients yearly. We also engage in legislative and policy advocacy at the local and state level.
- Represent low-income tenants in unlawful detainer cases
- Supervise weekly Tenants’ Rights Workshops, advising and advocating for tenants regarding a broad range of housing-related legal problems, including eviction defense, code enforcement, rent control, public housing (conventional and §8), and fair housing
- Conduct outreach and provide pro per assistance to tenants at self-help and community sites
- Teach, train, and supervise law students, legal fellows, and volunteer attorneys, including substantive law and skills trainings, regular individual and group case reviews, and day-to-day monitoring of individual work
- Work collaboratively with other attorneys at EBCLC to provide holistic, wrap-around services addressing the root issues of poverty
- Participate in collaborative partnerships with other community and legal services organizations providing similar services
- Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management and reporting
- Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor
- J.D. required, member of the California State Bar in good standing
- Ability to manage a demanding case load; 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, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, 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
- Ability to work successfully in a high-volume, dynamic environment
- Experience with, or strong interest in, law student supervision and training
- Unlawful detainer or other relevant litigation experience preferred
- Bilingual skills in Spanish or Cantonese highly desirable
This is a full-time, salaried (exempt) position, starting August 1, 2017; non-profit salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package includes 100% employer-funded medical, dental, and vision plans (including dependent coverage), paid time off, and retirement options.
Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (include “Housing Attorney” in the subject line); Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references. The application deadline is Sunday, July 2, 2017 but please be aware applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.
EBCLC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or prior contact with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities.