Job Announcement: Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor – Health & Welfare Practice

Thursday, July 16, 2020

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit legal services organization, the community-based clinical program for U.C. Berkeley Law School, and one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters.  With a dual service and teaching mission, EBCLC is a racial justice organization committed to increasing justice through education and advocacy and building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity.

With over 80 staff, 150 law students a year, and a nearly $9 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 5,000 clients annually and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the state and local level.

EBCLC’s Health and Welfare Practice seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to working with transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, people of color, and people living with HIV and other chronic health conditions to provide holistic, client-centered legal services and clinical teaching.  Lived experience within these communities our work centers is highly desirable.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Provide representation and advocacy on behalf of people with low income who are assisted through our transgender legal services project, our HIV/AIDS Law Project, medical-legal partnerships with East Bay hospitals, and Public Benefits clinics on issues including denied, terminated, or reduced public income and health benefits (SSI, SSDI, CAPI, General Assistance, Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, CalFresh, In-Home Supportive Services, etc.) and pre-litigation housing matters including eviction prevention, habitability violations, rent increases, subsidized housing appeals, and reasonable accommodations
  • Work collaboratively with other EBCLC staff to provide holistic wrap-around services addressing the root issues of poverty
  • Engage in public policy advocacy on issues related to public income and healthcare benefits
  • Supervise clinical law students performing the above legal services. Supervision duties include providing substantive law and skills training, weekly individual and group case reviews, and day-to-day supervision of students’ work
  • Provide periodic legal training for medical providers, community partners, and client groups
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant and services reporting
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, people who are without shelter, people with low incomes, immigrants, non-English speakers, people living with mental and physical disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, law students, service providers, government employees, and community partners
  • A client-centered, holistic approach to legal advocacy, including comfort with a harm reduction framework
  • Personal or professional experience with the communities our work centers (transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, people of color, gender-nonconforming individuals, and people living with HIV and other chronic health conditions) highly desirable
  • Member of the California State Bar in good standing, or successful completion of the California Bar Exam and awaiting completion of a background check
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to manage a demanding caseload and excellent time management, priority-setting, and organizational skills
  • Experience with, or strong interest in, law student supervision and training
  • Demonstrated interest in integrating racial justice into law teaching and practice
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
  • Bilingual skills in Spanish highly desirable

Workplace Expectations:

  • Due to COVID19, all EBCLC employees are working remotely. The Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor and all EBCLC employees will continue to work remotely as long as California’s Shelter in Place remains in effect. The expectation is that the Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor will work in our office in Berkeley, California when it is safe to do. EBCLC will provide the necessary equipment to fulfill the job responsibilities of working from home.

Salary & Benefits: 

Starting salary for this exempt position is $60,000 – $90,000 based on a number of years of prior legal experience, as, 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); 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, as well as attendance at relevant conferences in accordance with EBCLC’s professional development policy and budget.

 

Application Procedure: 

Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to jobs@ebclc.org (include “Health & Welfare Attorney” in the subject line).

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.

Please note we will review applications on a rolling basis and will begin initial application reviews as early as July 27, 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

Application materials should include a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please share how your direct lived experience informs your interest in this position and the skills you will bring. EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education, advocacy, and the need to transform legal services and legal education.

Please take some time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website to ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of this 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 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.

 

 

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