The Staff Attorney will support project efforts to advance community driven planning, development and advocacy strategies to promote affordable housing, prevent displacement, create jobs and expand early care and education services. The Attorney must be passionate about achieving justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income communities and communities of color, a creative and zealous lawyer and a team-player, committed to achieving lasting results through a community lawyering model. Specifically, the Staff Attorney will be responsible for: Providing direct legal, advocacy and coalition building services to help tenants groups, coalitions and community-based organizations engaged in housing justice efforts. Providing education and analysis to organizers and community groups on new legislation and working with community groups to draft legislative language to advance affordable housing, tenant protections and equitable development. Supporting existing campaigns for racial and economic justice in housing and economic development areas, including the LA Street Vending Campaign, Public Land for Public Good Campaigns,Tenant Protection, Inclusive Housing and Community Planning campaigns. Actively participating as a member of the Community Development team, including but not limited to participation in firm-wide activities and advocacy. Adhering to program and case handling policies, procedures and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards. Other duties as assigned. The Staff Attorney will also help strengthen the Project’s relationships with pro bono attorneys and law student volunteers. This position may also involve community outreach and presentations to educate our clients and community partners in areas of legal expertise.
Essential Job Skills And Abilities Required
Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities and communities of color. Three to four years of experience practicing law in California. At least two years of experience with community development law, community lawyering, land use, tenant protections, and/or the provision of legal services to strengthen low-income communities. Experience working with community organizers and grassroots community-based coalitions. Creative problem-solving skills. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams. Policy advocacy experience highly desired. Demonstrated commitment to race equity and economic justice Fluency in Spanish preferred. Licensed to practice in the State of California
Start Date And Compensation
Salary is commensurate with abilities and experience Immediate full-time, exempt position Public Counsel offers a competitive benefits package including: (1) medical, dental, and vision coverage with both HMO and PPO options, (2) the option to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account, (3) a 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and an employer contribution after a year of employment, and (4) employer-paid life insurance and disability plans. Public Counsel follows all emergency state and local orders arising from the current COVID-19 crisis. Though generally this position is office based, currently all staff must work remotely from their homes. Public Counsel will assess when the physical office will reopen in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders. This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond a 24-month period