Staff Attorney - Children and Youth

Location
San Jose, California
Salary
$58,989 – $87,235. Paid holidays, vacation, fully paid health insurance and 401(k).
Posted
Aug 23, 2019
Closes
Sep 22, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
JD
Experience Level
Entry-level

The Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) program of the Law Foundation is seeking a staff attorney to represent youth through one or more of its projects. The mix of casework will be based upon program needs, with a heavy emphasis on education law practice. Responsibilities include advocacy on behalf of students and families to secure special education services. The attorney will also provide discipline defense on behalf of students. Experience working with diverse populations of youth on legal matters is desired.

This position will also require participation in LACY’s regular team meetings, staff meetings, and program development activities including assisting the LACY Directing Attorney and Supervising Attorneys.

 

PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Represent clients in school-related meetings, including IEPs and Section 504 meetings.
  • Provide representation to students in discipline defense matters before administrative panels and governing boards.
  • Participate in collaboration between local child welfare agency, juvenile probation department and other community-based organization to conduct case consultations and tailor appropriate advocacy.
  • Represent clients in various legal matters originating from organization’s Medical-Legal Partnership clinic with Valley Medical Center.
  • Respond to referrals from service providers and partner agencies.
  • Provide technical assistance to attorneys and service providers.
  • Participate in regular meetings with LACY and Law Foundation staff.
  • Participate in general office upkeep duties, including computer data entry of case information, maintenance of billing records, filing, copying, drafting and filing court documents, and serving notice.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of California. Law graduates awaiting results of California Bar Examination will be considered.
  • Experience in school-based advocacy, including expulsion hearings and due process mediations and hearings, preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the rights of children and youth
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Vietnamese preferred
  • Experience in working with diverse populations, including communities of color and people living with disabilities;
  • Ability to identify, investigate, and resolve client problems
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
  • Ability to manage multiple clients in high-stress situations
  • Ability to work sensitively and productively with minors with diverse backgrounds including those in crisis
  • Valid Driver’s License or other transportation to attend meetings, hearings, home visits, and outreach presentations
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills

COMPENSATION

$58,989 – $87,235 compensation based upon bar admission date and comparable experience. All compensation determined by the wage table of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between SEIU Local 521 and LFSV. Excellent benefits provided, including paid holidays, vacation, health insurance and 401(k).

The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We encourage people of color, women, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. It is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to  race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and professional references via email: julia.souza@lawfoundation.org

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