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Staff Attorney

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Exp.: 1+ Years
About CANHR:
Since 1983, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), a statewide nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization, has been dedicated to improving the choices, care and quality of life for California’s long term care consumers. Through direct advocacy, community education, legislation and litigation it has been CANHR’s goal to educate and support long term care consumers and advocates regarding the rights and remedies under the law, and to create a united voice for long term care reform and humane alternatives to institutionalization. CANHR is partially funded by the California State Bar as a Support Center and provides training, technical assistance and advocacy support to legal services programs throughout California.

Position Summary:
Our staff attorney will join a small, dynamic team of attorneys and advocates to provide direct client service and craft statewide policy to curb senior homelessness as it overlaps with long-term care. CANHR has over 36 years of experience fighting for the civil rights of disabled and older adults and is increasingly focused on illegal and unsafe evictions from skilled nursing and residential care facilities. In partnership with the current CANHR staff attorneys, the staff attorney will focus on homelessness prevention for disabled and older adults by representing clients in discharge appeal and unlawful detainer cases and by advocating for improved regulatory enforcement and state policies to protect residents of long term care facilities from inappropriate displacement and housing instability. This position will be initially funded by an Equal Access Homeless Prevention Grant from the State Bar, but is intended to be a permanent position with future opportunities to engage in systemic policy work through litigation, legislation, and public campaigns.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Provide expertise, training, research, and advocacy support to Qualified Legal Services Programs.
  • Engage in litigation, policy, and administrative advocacy to address the overlapping issues of senior homelessness and long-term care.
  • Provide co-counsel and technical assistance on discharge hearings and appeals, unlawful detainer actions, and complaints to regulatory agencies.
  • Assist in the development of written materials for educational and advocacy purposes, including alerts, issue briefs and training materials.
  • Develop a brief bank on evictions from residential care and skilled nursing facilities, with sample pleadings, complaints to state licensing agencies, demand letters, UD defenses, and pre-eviction consumer education materials.
  • Track client and demographic data to meet grant reporting requirements.

Reports to:
Managing Attorney and Program Manager

  • Active membership in the California State Bar
  • Experience and ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, the public, elected and appointed officials, people with disabilities, and governmental agencies, especially at the state and local levels.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. CANHR provides a generous benefits package, including health, dental, life insurance and vacation.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from persons of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, persons with disabilities and persons from underrepresented groups.

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