Housing Staff Attorney – Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of underrepresented individuals and families in our diverse community through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. With over 90 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is a dynamic and interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are working towards a race conscious legal services practice.

Their Housing Department focuses on how to best provide housing legal services to the community.  We are experimenting with various service delivery models.  They are incorporating community lawyering and other race equity tools into our work and designing a new housing department that provides the best possible housing services to our community.  They have a strong focus on anti-displacement and are dedicating resources to both direct services work and system change.

 WHO THEY ARE LOOKING FOR:

They need full-time Attorneys for our Housing Department.  If you believe housing is a human right and you want to be a champion for families and children, you should join them.

The Housing Attorney will have responsibilities, ranging from direct representation of tenants to policy advocacy and impact litigation. He/she may assist with landlord/tenant problems, eviction defense, fair housing/housing discrimination complaints, reasonable accommodations of disability, Section 8 voucher/Housing Authority issues.  Other duties are community and client education and outreach activities, and system reform projects.  

PRIMARY DUTIES:

• Provide direct representation to clients in unlawful detainer (eviction) proceedings. Managing an individual caseload

• Engage in policy advocacy including research and writing, writing reports related to policy advocacy, writing advocacy letters to legislative bodies, and meeting with elected officials.  Policy issues that the attorney may work on include anti-displacement policies, and tenant protections including rent stabilization, and just cause eviction protections

• Assist and lead fair housing and impact litigation including, but not limited to, research and writing, motion writing, written discovery and depositions

• Investigate potential systemic issues including research, writing, public records reviews, and in-person surveying

• Attend, monitor, and provide feedback at community meetings, government body meetings, task force meetings, and other meetings/hearings related to systemic advocacy

• Conduct outreach and community education presentations and produce educational materials

• Support program and organization-wide initiatives, including race equity

• Participate in education and outreach to community about legal issues confronted by low-income tenants

• Provide legal support to non-attorney staff and pro bono volunteers assisting with client intake and legal services.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• California Bar Membership, or otherwise eligible to practice law in California (individuals awaiting California Bar Exam results are eligible to apply) 

• Experience managing a high-volume caseload including experience representing tenants in unlawful detainer actions

• Ability to identify, investigate and resolve client problems 

• Ability to analyze, write and present ideas and legal concepts clearly and concisely

• Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and perform well under pressure in a fast-paced environment

• Affirmative litigation experience including representing Plaintiffs in housing matters in state and federal court

• Ability to work independently and effectively work as a part of a team, both internal and external to the Law Foundation

• Experience in policy advocacy and/or organizing

• Experience in community lawyering

• Connections to and experience working with diverse populations, including communities of color and people living with disabilities 

• Ability to interact compassionately and effectively with individuals in crisis 

• Passion for social justice and race equity, as well as a desire to provide assistance to underserved populations

• Bilingual (particularly Spanish or Vietnamese) applicants are desired. 

COMPENSATION:

Range: $58,989 – $87,531. Compensation based upon bar admission date and comparable experience.  All compensation determined by the wage table of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between SEIU Local 521 and LFSV. 

Excellent benefits package, including fully paid medical, dental and vision for the employee, and 75% to 95% premium paid for the family.  401(k) with employer match. Generous time off policies, which include 18 Holidays per year in addition to vacation and sick time and a sabbatical leave after 5 years of employment.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

please submit the following via email to teresam@lawfoundation.org:

(1) a resume, (2) at least three professional references, and (3) a cover letter that explains your interest and addresses the question below:

In order to best serve their clients and our community, the Law Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to social justice, race equity and diversity among our staff?