Staff Attorney - Youth

Los Angeles or San Diego
Legal Advocacy Unit – Youth
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DEADLINE: Open until filled. Applications should be received by February 15, 2019 to be considered for the first round of interviews.

SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $57,585 - $77,169

The Youth Practice Group at DRC represents students with special needs in individual and systemic matters.  Our priority is to advocate for equal educational opportunities, access to services in the most integrated settings and access to special education and supports. The Youth Staff Attorney shares responsibility with other legal and advocacy staff for providing information, technical assistance, outreach and training and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings to clients with disabilities. The Staff Attorney works under the direct supervision of the Youth Practice Group Supervising Attorney or Associate Managing Attorney and in collaboration with other Disability Rights California attorneys and advocates in their legal, advocacy, and outreach efforts.
The Staff Attorney I will provide direct special education advocacy in due process and state complaints.  The Staff Attorney I will also have the opportunity to develop litigation skills by working on impact litigation with more experienced legal staff.

 Job Responsibilities
Staff Attorney 1 essential job functions include:
-      Participating in impact litigation.
-      Representing clients in negotiations, meditations and judicial and administrative proceedings.
-      Participating in public policy activities including, but not limited to, the reviewing and drafting of legislation and regulations.
-      Engaging in community-based advocacy, outreach, and training to disability communities and organizations, particularly to under served communities.
-      Providing information and short-term assistance to clients.
-      Preparing training materials, publications, reports and special projects.

This position has no supervision responsibilities.
Ability to travel for activities such as out-of-town meetings, training, or outreach activities up to 25% of the time. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, hearings, collaborate with team/office members.
Education and Experience
-       Juris Doctor degree (JD) plus 1-2 years’ experience
-       Ability to research and analyze legal authority.
-       Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
-       The ability to work independently with appropriate supervision.
Licenses / Certificates
Must be a member of the California State Bar, or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program.
-       Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals with disabilities.
-       Experience working with or sensitivity to individuals from underrepresented communities.
-       Fluency in American Sign Language, Spanish, or an Asian language.
-       Experience representing clients in judicial or administrative proceedings, negotiations, and/or mediations.
-       Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities and/or experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons from multi-ethnic communities.
-       Life experience as a person with a disability OR direct experience as a caregiver of a family member with a disability.
The competencies below represent the knowledge, skills, behaviors and/or abilities required to be successful at DRC, with or without disability related reasonable accommodations.
Ability to represent clients in formal hearings or proceedings. Ability to objectively conduct fact-intensive investigations, evaluate cases based upon legal, regulatory, and policy requirements, and then make appropriate findings and recommendations. Ability to apply law, facts, and analysis in a coherent and effective way. Ability to develop communication strategies to reduce stigma and improve and enhance the public’s perception of disabilities.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common legal documents/terminology, laws, financial reports, medical records, or technical journals. Ability to conduct interviews and obtain relevant information. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from clients, regulatory or government agencies. Ability to write legal arguments, draft legislative correspondence and/or position letters. Ability to write articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to governmental entities, facility leadership, public groups/officials, and/or boards of directors.
Critical Thinking
Understands that few things are black and white. Ability to explore factors in any situation for the purpose of determining the array of best possible solutions. Incorporates facts, impact on others, and communication strategy into problem solving methodology.
Diversity & Inclusion
Advocates for deep understanding and respect for the diversity of disabilities, cultures, values, perspectives and beliefs. Works to understand the perspectives of others and encourages them to provide their perspectives. Leverages diverse perspectives in group processes and decision-making. Anticipates and recognizes the concerns of others, even if those concerns are not openly expressed.
Relationship Building
Ability to take proactive steps to reach out to clients, community partners, facilities and/or community agencies in more direct, relevant, and personal ways. Addresses issues in an open, constructive, professional manner, and persuades others to approach issues in the same manner. Seeks to resolve confrontations and disagreements constructively. Focuses on the situation, issues, or behaviors, rather than the people. Supports the good ideas of others.
Work is done in a typical office environment, which includes regular sitting, use of a computer, written and verbal communication through a computer. May occasionally require standing, stooping, kneeling, and crouching primarily related to filing and processing paperwork. May occasionally encounter lifting, as exampled by adding paper to a copy machine.
If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following:
1. Online Disability Rights California Application Form
2. Your resume
3. Detailed cover letter.
4. Sample of legal writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text

At Disability Rights California, we value diversity among our employees because unique perspectives allow us to effectively serve Californians with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), Disability (mental and physical), sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.

Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.