Supervising Attorney (Bilingual)

Disability Rights CaliforniaLos angeles, CaliforniaFull TimeOn Site


If you require an accommodation due to a disability to complete this application OR you are experiencing issues submitting your application and accompanying
materials please e-mail talent@disabilityrightsca.org.

THIS IS A BILINGUAL SPANISH/ENGLISH POSITION.

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Individuals who are Deaf or Disabled are encouraged to apply.*

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

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Salary Range (Depending on Experience): *$85,176 - $124,722 annually

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Employment Status: * Regular, Full Time, Exempt

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WHO WE ARE*
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 administrative hearings, individual and impact litigation, state and federal policy and regulatory advocacy, and community education and training.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB
The Supervising Attorney will be the project coordinator for DRC’s Fair Hearing Project. Project staff will provide representation at administrative hearings for monolingual Spanish-speaking regional center consumers. The Fair Hearing Project will be limited to service denials that will result in serious harm to the client.
The Project will be staffed by a total of 3 attorneys including the Supervising Attorney. Project staff will collaborate with the Legal Advocacy Unit and the Office of Clients Rights Advocates to ensure that DRC offers a comprehensive advocacy strategy to address the needs of the Latinx IDD community.
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JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential functions are the job responsibilities an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Project Coordination

  • Partner with Latinx organizations to provide advocacy assistance.
  • Carry an active caseload of clients requiring representation at hearing.
  • Supervise two staff with active caseloads of clients requiring representation at hearing.
  • Supervision of all administrative hearings, administrative writs and follow-up meetings with clients. Develop a case tracking system to monitor case status.
  • Establish and implement an equitable, objective criteria for case acceptance.
  • Mentor and support staff attorneys to ensure that they are prepared to provide quality representation while managing a high case load.
  • Assist staff with support staff coordination.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • 7 full years of legal experience; or internal candidates who have worked at DRC for 2 continuous year and have 6 years of experience practicing law.
  • Demonstrated commitment – through lived experience and/or employment history – to working with people with disabilities and low-income clients, and incorporating race equity and community lawyering principles into their work.
  • Substantial knowledge of the administrative hearing practice, including writs, and the regional center system.
  • Able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish.
  • 2 years of successfully leading multiple advocacy projects such as intake/outreach projects, administrative proceedings, writs, eviction defense, or single client / single defendant lawsuits.
  • Mentor, develop, and train the attorneys that they supervise in a positive and collaborative manner. \

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LICENSES / CERTIFICATES*
Must be a member of the California State Bar, or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program.

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PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS*

  • Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals with disabilities.
  • Experience working with or sensitivity to diverse communities of color and low-income people.
  • Fluency in American Sign Language, Spanish, or an Asian language.
  • Experience representing clients in judicial or administrative proceedings, negotiations, and/or mediations.
  • Lived experience as a person of color, with disabilities and/or part of the LGBTQIA2s+ community.
  • Lived experience as a person with a disability OR direct experience as a caregiver of a family member with a disability.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to travel routinely for activities such as supervisory visits, team meetings, board meetings, workshops, education, training, or outreach activities up to 25% of the time. More travel may be required during period of training for new Client’s Rights Advocates.

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WORKING CONDITIONS*
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, health care facilities or other institutional settings, community agencies, or in community-based outpatient settings.
  • Duties frequently require sitting and communicating with others.
  • Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, hearings, facilities and settings where clients live.

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

Pay: $85,176.00 - $124,722.00 per year

Work Location: Multiple Locations

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