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Staff Attorney - Tenant Justice Project (Central Coast)

Santa Maria, CA
Salary: $60,000 - $80,600 Yearly
Reporting to the Tenant Justice Project Director, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services, and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

  • Provide legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy) to low-income clients in housing matters, including but not limited to:
  • Unlawful detainers
  • Landlord/Tenant disputes
  • Public Housing administrative matters
  • Assist callers with housing matters via a multi-office legal advice hotline.
  • Review/supervise the work product of Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented in housing matters.
  • Develop leadership in working with the community, clients, and other advocacy groups related to housing impact issues.
  • Participate in training, case reviews, staff meetings, and other CRLA activities.
  • Prepare and provide community education regarding housing legal rights.
  • Collaborate with members of the private bar as necessary.
  • Maintain contemporaneous time records in the case management system.
  • Enter and maintain client records in an electronic case management system.
  • Maintain a great working relationship with all staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Qualities of our ideal candidate:
We intend to bring a candidate with as many of the following qualifications and qualities as possible:
Required Education and Experience:
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of CA, eligible for California’s Provisionally Licensed Lawyer program, or before the court of any state and willing to take the next CA bar.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Able to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Good people skills, empathy, patience, and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.
  • Bilingual Fluency preferred

Preferred Education and Experience:
A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:
  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Prior experience in legal services and additional language ability relevant.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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