BayLegal seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to the public interest and social justice advocacy to join our Economic Justice / SSI practice team in Alameda County. The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis has made civil legal services ever more critical to help individuals and families avoid homelessness and to provide opportunities for stability and self-sufficiency. This position provides the opportunity to address a range of issues facing low-income individuals, with a focus on economic justice and access to public benefits, including primarily eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).
This position is based in our Oakland office, and may require travel throughout Alameda County as necessary to best serve our clients. As a member of BayLegal’s regional practice, there may be travel within BayLegal’s broader service area for purposes of meeting with clients and as necessary for training and advocacy. See below for a description of our current work environment due to COVID-19.As an Economic Justice Attorney, you will have the opportunity to:
Requirements/Qualifications/About the Successful Candidate:
- Learn and advocate for the diverse legal needs of communities affected by systemic and structural inequities in Alameda county and the broader Bay Area to reduce homelessness, enhance stability and address social injustice;
- Help to reduce homelessness, enhance economic and housing stability, and promote social justice;
- Represent clients in a range of public benefits matters, including primarily Social Security disability benefits, SSI and CAPI claims and appeals;
- Represent clients in all stages of administrative proceedings related to their public benefits claims, from initial applications through federal court.
- Assist clients with accessing other county, state, and federal benefit programs, as needed.
- Identify and employ impact advocacy strategies to remove systematic barriers to public benefits for client populations, including particularly vulnerable groups such as immigrants and refugees, survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, people experiencing homelessness, and people with disabilities.
- Develop relationships and collaborate with community partners, including governmental agencies, and community-based organizations.
- Provide public benefits trainings to BayLegal staff and community partners.
- Work collaboratively with attorneys practicing in BayLegal’s other substantive areas.
- Engage in other tasks and projects that further BayLegal’s operations as a non-profit.
Temporary COVID-19 remote work:
- Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.
- Commitment and desire to work with low-income individuals;
- Member of CA Bar in good standing, or admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California for 3 years under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program. Candidates who have recently passed the CA Bar or graduated and will be taking the bar exam at the next sitting are welcome to apply;
- Experience with government benefits programs preferred;
- Experience with impact litigation and/or policy advocacy preferred;
- Excellent communication, writing and public speaking skills;
- Strong community outreach and training skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team; and
- Curious and self-directed with an ability to take initiative
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all BayLegal employees are primarily working remotely. While BayLegal has implemented detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure and has an evolving plan for reopening our local offices, we anticipate remaining primarily remote throughout much of 2021. All employees are expected to be available to travel to BayLegal offices and services locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories. Employees are expected to reside in California and must be able to commute to the physical BayLegal base location or service delivery location within the San Francisco Bay Area.
While BayLegal remains primarily remote, all employees are issued BayLegal computers and provided appropriate supplies. BayLegal has implemented and continues to explore additional technologies to make working remotely as efficient and connected as possible. All employees receive a flat-rate monthly amount to reimburse for work-related use of personal IT equipment, including internet, and home. BayLegal is open to providing flexibility regarding work schedules and part-time or full-time employment to the extent feasible for the position.Compensation and Benefits:
We offer a diverse, family friendly environment, and compensation based on competitive public interest salaries along with a generous benefits package. BayLegal’s benefits package includes 100% employer covered medical, dental, and life insurance for employees and up to 40‐50% for dependents; long term disability insurance; stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work tasks; student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program and 401k retirement plan following first year. Paid leave policies include sick leave; parental leave; 14 holidays each year and vacation (starting at 13 days and increasing with additional years of employment). This is a union position (Bay Area Legal Aid Workers, “BALAW”), and the salary scale can be found on our website, at https://baylegal.org/get-involved/employment-opportunities/.