Staff Attorney 1 or 2

Disability Rights CaliforniaSacramento, CaliforniaFull TimeOn Site

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Office Location: *Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Ontario, Fresno, or Remote within California

SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): *
Staff Attorney 1: $63,063 - $92,352 annually
Staff Attorney 2: $75,100 - $109,973 annually

Employment Status: * Regular, Full Time, Exempt

Disability Rights California (DRC) is a statewide, non-profit legal organization dedicated to advancing the rights of Californians with disabilities. DRC works to achieve fairness and justice for people with disabilities through individual and impact litigation, state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy, and community education and training.

Healthcare/Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Practice Group*
The Healthcare and Home and Community-Based Services Practice Group believes healthcare is a human right. We work to ensure that healthcare and home and community-based services are available to everyone. We work to ensure people with disabilities have access to essential health care services and a full range of community long-term services and supports to enable them to live in the community and avoid institutionalization, consistent with the principles of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. We work to dismantle structural and systemic inequities in healthcare and access to services.
Areas of particular focus include Olmstead litigation and advocacy, Medi-Cal home and community-based services waivers, In-Home Supportive Services, and access to essential health care benefits through Medi-Cal managed care, EPSDT, and California Children’s Services (CCS).
Essential functions are the job responsibilities an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney 2 essential functions include:
Staff One Attorney
Staff Attorney 1 provides support and short-term assistance to clients with disabilities on disability-related legal matters and participates in other advocacy including litigation in conjunction with more experienced attorneys.
Staff Two Attorney
Staff Attorney 2 will handle multiple cases and advocacy projects with appropriate supervision depending on experience including leading individual client litigation, writs, administrative practice, and policy advocacy, and provides leadership and mentoring to other Disability Rights California regional office advocacy staff.
Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications for Staff One
Juris Doctor degree and demonstrated commitment – through lived experience and/or employment history – to working with people with disabilities and low-income clients.

  • Must be a member of the California State Bar or be able to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program.

Minimum Qualifications for Staff Two
Juris Doctor plus five full years of experience practicing law including litigating civil cases in state or federal court, such as eviction defense, law and motion, discovery, trial, and appeals, and leading multiple advocacy projects.

  • Expertise in one or more substantive issue areas handles complex legal matters; demonstrated commitment – through lived experience and/or employment history – to working with people with disabilities and low-income clients.
  • Must be a member of the California State Bar or be able to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program.

The Staff One and Two job duties depending on experience include

  • Provides legal service to clients with disabilities including advice, negotiation, representation in administrative hearings, litigation, and administrative and policy advocacy in accordance with program priorities and case handling policies;
  • Leads, with the support of the managing attorney and litigation counsel, statewide impact activity including institutional and group litigation and policy advocacy beneficial to people with disabilities;
  • Coordinates substantive advocacy through collaboration with clients, community groups, and service providers;
  • Engages in outreach activities that increase the capacity of community members to advocate for themselves;
  • Must be willing to travel and occasionally work long hours if needed; and
  • Handles other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate would:

  • Have experience working in the Medi-Cal/Medicare/healthcare system;
  • Incorporate race equity and community lawyering principles into their work;
  • Have a strong sense of professional responsibility;
  • Have a desire to learn from and share knowledge with team members;
  • Take initiative and work well under pressure;
  • Meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail;
  • Maintain positive relationships with diverse groups of people;
  • Communicate well, both verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to speak a language other than English

The following describes general working conditions and requirements of the job, which can be performed with or without disability-related reasonable accommodations:

  • Duties are performed between an office or home environment and the field in a wide range of settings, including courthouses, facilities, or other institutional settings, or in community-based settings.
  • Duties frequently require sitting and communicating with others.
  • Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, training, and community events.

If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following:
1. Online Disability Rights California Application Form
2. Your resume
3. Cover Letter: We need a workforce that can utilize insights and strategies that can come from both professional and personal experience. In your cover letter, please tell us about yourself and why you are a great fit for this position and for DRC.
4. Sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text.

At Disability Rights California, we value diversity among our employees because unique perspectives allow us to effectively serve Californians with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), Disability (mental and physical), sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.

Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.

Job Type: Full-time

Work Location: Multiple Locations

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