Directing Attorney

El Centro, CA
Full Time
Practice Areas: Litigation Exp.: 3+ Years
Reporting to the Regional Director of Advocacy, the Directing Attorney is responsible for the overall provision of legal services to the low-income client community in the service area and the day-to-day operations of the CRLA Watsonville office. This includes supervising, training, and motivating local office staff to provide the highest quality legal services in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services, and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:
  • Maintain an active caseload which consists of State, Federal trial, and appellate work.
  • Supervise local office Staff Attorneys, Community Workers, and Support Staff in providing legal services to low-income clients and groups. Including advice, negotiation, litigation, and administrative advocacy in accordance with the CRLA priorities and case handling policies.
  • Ensure that staff has accurate, timely, and complete information about the legal issues within the local office’s scope of responsibility, including training in the basic office responsibilities.
  • Evaluate staff on an annual basis, including identifying training needs to be incorporated into the office’s six (6) month work plan.
  • Cooperate with the Regional Director or the Directors of Litigation, Advocacy, and Training to implement CRLA’s Core Expectations.
  • Encourage advocates to develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and act as a resource for other CRLA staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Conduct weekly case review meetings to ensure that legal services provided are consistent with CRLA priorities, policies, procedures and maximize CRLA’s resources to provide the highest quality in services.
  • Ensure that legal services provided comply with LSC regulations, IOLTA requirements, and the requirements of other CRLA grants.
  • Supervise staff in setting up local community education opportunities relating to legal rights and preparing materials for such presentations.
  • Act as liaison with the local community advisory board, including setting up meetings, sending reports to the CRLA Board of Directors, and working with the local board to identify annual office priorities.
  • Collaborate and cooperate with Program Directors to advance Program goals and develop special initiatives.
  • Cooperate with the Development Department and participate in development efforts as necessary or required.
  • Coordinate with the Human Resources Department to ensure staff is effectively hired, managed, and developed.
  • Collaborate with the Human Resources Department to ensure that all staff is recruited, hired, managed, and developed to maximize performance and retention.
  • Cooperate with the Accounting Department in enforcing fiscally sound office procedures and ensuring a clean annual audit.

  • Admitted to practice law before the court of any state.
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of California or willingness to take the next California Bar Exam.
  • Three (3) years minimum experience managing law office and staff
  • Three (3) years minimum litigation experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Excellent demonstrated people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.

Preferred Education and Experience:
A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Spanish fluency or additional language ability relevant to the primary communities.
  • Prior experience managing a multi-location organization.

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