The Staff Attorney in the Housing Unit works with the housing team in Orange County to serve and represent low-income and senior tenants who are facing eviction by maintaining a caseload of housing-related matters, including, but not limited to matters involving eviction defense, federally subsidized housing, and administrative hearing representation, handle negotiations, settlements, trials and appeals of cases in both State and Federal Courts with primary emphasis on landlord-tenant and legal issues involving access to housing. The Staff Attorney engages in policy advocacy to improve access to and preservation of affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents, actively participate in community groups and coalitions on issues impacting service-eligible populations.
The ideal candidate will have litigation experience including propounding and responding to discovery, taking, and defending depositions, and representing clients in trial and before administrative agencies. Ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks with an empathetic and energetic attitude, proven interest in social justice issues, and a commitment to CLA SoCal’s mission and values (compassion, collaboration, trust, accountability and excellence).Responsibilities
- Represent clients, counsel, and advise clients in legal matters.
- Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).
- Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients.
- Engage in case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.
- Research and write pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents.
- Engage in negotiation and settlement discussions with adverse parties and their legal representatives.
- Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the organization.
- Juris Doctor degree and an active member in good-standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
- Articulate, creative, and passionate advocate with excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills, and problem-solving skills.
- Strong personal work ethic, initiative, and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Ability to spot legal issues and comfort with providing real-time counsel & advice
- Strong interpersonal skill, client communication skills and comfort working with indigent clients
- Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams) and document preparation software.
- Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
- Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area for representation and to engage with clients and community partners.
- Bilingual proficiency – Preferred
Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.