BayLegal seeks an Attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join our Santa Clara County office to preserve tenancies for low-income tenants in Silicon Valley. In this position you will have the opportunity to join a small collaborative local team based out of San Jos and BayLegals larger regional practice and social justice team. Your direct supervisor is the Santa Clara County Regional Office Managing Attorney and the regional housing practice team is available to provide mentorship and strategic support. This position is based in our San Jos office, which is working primarily remotely through 2021. Some travel may be required for court and to all parts of the county as necessary to best serve our low-income clients. See our temporary COVID-19 Remote Work description below. This is a temporary position and is expected to last at least 6 months.As a Housing Staff Attorney, you will have the opportunity to:Learn and assist with the diverse legal needs of underserved and vulnerable communities in Santa Clara County and broader Bay Area to address reduce homelessness, enhance stability, and address social injustice.Provide full-scope legal representation to low-income tenants in unlawful detainer proceedings, including propounding and responding to discovery, conducting depositions, pre/post-trial motions, trials and appeals.Address access barriers and provide legal assistance to low-income tenants by providing call-backs to tenants seeking help through our Legal Advice Line.Represent tenants in administrative proceedings before the Santa Clara County Housing Authority and other agencies.Advocate for tenants on issues of fair housing, substandard conditions, and VAWA.Identify systemic problems that affect our clients housing rights and address thesechallenges through affirmative litigation and policy work.Collaborate with the local and national tenant advocacy community.Provide virtual workshops and technical assistance to community partners and client community on housing law, tenants’ rights, and a broad range of civil legal issues.Develop relationships and engage in collaboration with a range of public and private community partners, including governmental agencies, courts, and community-based organizations, to ensure integrative services and address systemic barriers facing BayLegal’s client community. Engage in other tasks and projects that further the interest of furthering BayLegal’s mission and operations as a non-profit.Requirements/Qualifications/About the Successful Candidate:Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.Member of CA Bar in good standing, or admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program. Candidates who have recently passed the CA Bar or graduated and are eligible for provisional licensure may be considered.Experience in civil litigation, preferably in housing law and tenant advocacyStrong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervisionExcellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills, with ability to be detail-orientedStrong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic teamCurious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be doneAbility to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project detailsCandidates with bilingual ability in Spanish, Vietnamese, or another client language are highly encouraged to applyTemporary COVID-19 remote work: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all BayLegal employees are primarily working remotely. While BayLegal has implemented detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure and has an evolving plan for reopening our local offices, we anticipate remaining primarily remote throughout much of 2021. All employees are expected to be available to travel to BayLegal offices and services locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories. Employees are expected to reside in California and at a distance from which they can commute to the physical BayLegal base location or service delivery location within the San Francisco Bay Area.While BayLegal remains primarily remote, all employees are issued BayLegal computers and provided appropriate supplies. BayLegal has implemented and continues to explore additional technologies to make working remotely as efficient and connected as possible. All employees receive a flat-rate monthly amount to reimburse for work-related use of personal IT equipment, including internet, and home. Due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on personal lives, BayLegal is open to providing flexibility regarding work schedules and part-time or full-time employment to the extent feasible for the position.
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