Job Announcement: Youth Defender Clinic Director

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The East Bay Community Law Center is seeking an exceptional individual to lead its Youth Defender Clinic (YDC). YDC provides legal representation and advocacy to young people in school discipline and delinquency proceedings, including assisting young people in overcoming barriers to education and employment created by juvenile court records and court-ordered debt. Along with EBCLC’s Education Advocacy Clinic and new social work program, the YDC provides wrap-around legal and social work support to young people and families.

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 a $6 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 Director will lead YDC’s work, which consists of representing clients in juvenile delinquency and school discipline proceedings, supervising and training law students on cases, and engaging in policy advocacy related to court-debt and juvenile probation. The position requires a strong leader and legal advocate with experience representing clients in criminal (preferably juvenile) court, an interest (and ideally experience) in training law students, excellent case management skills, 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:

• Direct and manage the Youth Defender Clinic, providing vision, planning and implementation of the work within the context of EBCLC’s larger mission
• Represent young people in juvenile delinquency and school discipline proceedings in Alameda County, California
• Supervise, support and mentor YDC staff attorneys, students and other staff
• Work closely with the Director of the Education Advocacy Clinic as well as the Executive Management Team to support organization vision, values and mission
• Provide advice, counsel, and limited scope representation to youth and families facing challenges related to the collateral consequences of court-involvement, including juvenile record sealing, court-imposed debt, probation conditions, school discipline and enrollment problems, and electronic monitoring, to name a few
• Collaborate with community partners to engage in limited policy advocacy in the areas of court-imposed debt, as well as the overuse of electronic monitoring and other forms of intensive juvenile probation supervision
• 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 work
• Participate in ongoing professional development to improve client services and student supervision
• Work with executive director, deputy director and development team to attract financial support for clinic, oversee grants management, and provide administrative oversight
• Serve as the primary contact with the community and media, including responding to press and service provider inquiries, making presentations to the public, community and other professional groups, and overseeing staff to whom these tasks have been delegated
• Other tasks as assigned by supervisor

Minimum Qualifications:

• Licensed to practice law in California
• Minimum three years of experience representing clients in criminal or juvenile delinquency proceedings; five years or more experience preferred
• Knowledge of juvenile delinquency law and school discipline processes
• Experience with, or strong interest in, law student supervision and clinical teaching
• Leadership skills and ability to manage a team as well as 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 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
• Ability to provide supervision and guidance within a highly collaborative working environment
• Bilingual skills in Spanish preferred

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary for this full-time exempt position is $71,000 – $95,000 based on number of years of prior legal experience, as dictated by EBCLC’s 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 Procedures:

Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to (include “YDC Director” in the subject line) no later than Monday, March 26, 2018. Preferred start date is May, 2018. 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 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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