Supervising Attorney, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

San Francisco, CA
Part Time
Practice Areas: Tax Exp.: 3+ Years
The Supervising Attorney of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) manages the LITC which serves taxpayers in controversy with the IRS in the Northern California area, as well as taxpayers who have filed a petition with the U.S. Tax Court. Services are provided to taxpayers by the Supervising Attorney, clinic interns, and volunteer tax professionals, including attorneys, CPAs, and Enrolled Agents. Services provided to the taxpayers include consultation and advice, individual taxpayer advocacy and representation, pro bono placement for full and limited scope representation, and assistance to unrepresented litigants as part of the U.S. Tax Court’s Day of Docket Program for both the small and regular dockets.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Managing all aspects of the LITC and ensuring that service provision is in compliance with IRS grant requirements.
  • Together with other Supervising Attorneys, oversees a system for client intake and pro bono placement, including hiring and supervising Bi-lingual Client Advocates
  • Communicate with clients to give legal information, gather facts and documents, and assist with cases until placed with volunteer attorneys
  • Conduct outreach and provide educational workshops to low-income and ESL taxpayers
  • Communicate with panel of attorneys about available cases, potential conflicts of interest, and assignments for representation
  • Attend Tax Court calendar call in San Francisco 10-12 times a year to provide advice and assistance to pro se litigants
  • Present quarterly CLE trainings for volunteer attorneys, and coordinate with Pro Bono Manager and Director on other volunteer outreach and recruiting
  • Maintain program data and prepare accurate reports to funders
  • Occasionally represent clients with time-sensitive cases or difficulties for pro bono counsel

Education & Experience
  • Licensed member of the California State Bar in good standing
  • Admitted to or eligible to admitted to the before the U.S. Tax Court
  • Must have at least three (3) years of legal experience, preferably at least two (2) years of tax controversy law experience

Skills & Requirements
  • Excellent oral, written, and client service skills
  • Demonstrated supervisory ability
  • Bi-lingual English/ Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese language skills 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, and judges and court staff
  • Knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Knowledge of case management systems, particularly Access databases, helpful

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