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Supervising Attorney, Landlord-Tenant Project

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Exp.: 5+ Years
About the Job:
JDC’s Landlord-Tenant Project defends low-income tenants from eviction through both staff attorney representation and leveraging volunteer resources. We help tenants by taking on their cases full-scope, and by representing them limited-scope in settlement conferences and depositions. The Supervising Attorney trains lawyers of all backgrounds and experience levels on essential landlord-tenant law, then supports and mentors them through full-scope representation in unlawful detainer cases. The Supervising Attorney also oversees JDC’s settlement conference clinics, giving regular 2-hour trainings, and guiding and supervising volunteers two afternoons a week at the San Francisco Superior Court. The Supervising Attorney will also train and support at least one JDC staff attorney who defends low-income tenants in eviction cases.

Responsibilities include:
  • Teach, advise and support pro bono attorneys through all stages of litigation and at pre-trial settlement conferences
  • Evaluate cases to spot issues and determine appropriateness to assign to volunteer attorney
  • Assist clients and volunteer attorneys if issues arise between them
  • Supervise JDC staff attorney litigating unlawful detainer cases
  • With colleagues, hire, train and supervise client advocates who conduct intake and assign cases to volunteer attorneys
  • Work with JDC’s social services staff to connect clients with appropriate assistance
  • Participate in recruiting, recognizing and engaging volunteers for Landlord-Tenant Project
  • Assist in preparing required grant reports
  • Possibly supervise free community legal clinics on occasion

The successful candidate will have the following:
Education & Experience
  • Licensed member of the California State Bar in good standing
  • Five years’ experience in all aspects of litigating unlawful detainer cases
  • Experience serving low-income communities is required
  • Experience working with volunteer attorneys is preferred

Skills & Requirements
  • Excellent oral, written, and client service skills
  • Demonstrated supervisory ability
  • Bi-lingual English/ Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese language skills strongly preferred
  • Able to multi-task in a fast-paced, collegial and team-oriented work environment
  • Able to effectively interact with co-workers, low-income clients, newly admitted and highly experienced volunteer attorneys, judges and court staff and fellow non-profit attorneys
  • Knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)

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