Overview

Organizational DescriptionHousing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA), is a California, state-wide, non-profit law office, dedicated to economic justice for Californians, particularly those who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly, immigrants, people of color and people with disabilities.HERA is focused on asset preservation and economic justice across a wide swath of household financial concerns.Housing stability is a key focus.We not only work on a broad range of debt and credit concerns, but we also work on credit building, credit reporting, equal access to affordable and reputable financial services.We are based in Oakland, California, near Lake Merritt, and we carry out our work across the state through a combination of strategies, including non-litigation advocacy, administrative advocacy, community education and outreach, litigation, individual counseling, technical assistance and training for legal services and private attorneys, as well as governmental and non-governmental agencies, and policy work in partnership with other agencies.Job Description Summary: A Staff Attorney position operating within our non-profit law office, providing direct services to the public, with modest supervision of law students or other interns, and working collaboratively with other staff. Tremendous opportunity to learn and grow with an innovative and forward thinking organization.The focus for this staff attorney position is on debt and credit concerns for homeless residents and tenants, as well as fair housing and other tenant-landlord concerns that can lead to eviction.Typical Duties and Responsibilities:Staff Attorneys carry their own caseload of both non-litigation and litigation cases.The particular positions open at this time requires significant non-litigation advocacy regarding credit reporting and fair housing concerns, as well as significant litigation on their behalf andadministrative advocacy with a wide variety of agencies, local state and federal.The following are examples of typical duties. Other duties may be assigned by the Executive Director or other program managers.Responsibilities include:Engaging in a vast array of non-litigation advocacy for homeless residents and tenants across a swath of consumer topics, including credit, debt collection and fair housing, and working intensively with clients one-on-oneEngaging in non-litigation advocacy with a broad range of local, state and federal agencies. Participating in litigation, in both state and court, co-counseling with HERA staff and/or external co-counsel.Modest supervision law students or other interns involved in case work.Providing workshops, and participating in clinics.Qualifications:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Excellent legal research and writingAttention to detail a must.Excellent communication and presentation skills (written and oral)Demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversityAbility to work independently as well as collaborativelyExcellent organizational and training skillsAbility to understand and work in a non-profit, law office environmentA passion for problem solving.Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects.Education and/or Experience:Requires a Juris Doctorate and license to practice law, in good standing, in California.At least one year’s experience is preferable but not required. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 15th, 2021SALARY:DOE and competitive with other legal services programs. Health benefits, retirement benefits, and generous vacation and sick leave.Tracking

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