Staff Attorney
Clients’ Rights Advocate 1 or 2
Posted on 4/4/2023
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Two or more years of experience:
  • Ability to conduct research and analysis of pertinent legal authority
  • Written and verbal communication skills sufficient to communicate complex legal questions and issues to the general public
  • Experience working with or sensitivity to people with disabilities
  • Experience working with or sensitivity to people from ethnic or language distinct communities
  • Duties are performed in office and home environments and the field in a wide range of settings, including courthouses, congregate care or other institutional settings, and community agencies
  • Duties frequently require sitting and communicating with others
  • Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, hearings, facilities, and settings where clients live
  • Online Disability Rights California Application Form
  • Your resume
  • Cover Letter: We need a workforce that can utilize insights and strategies that can come from both professional and personal experience. In your cover letter, please tell us about yourself and why you are a great fit for this position and for DRC
  • A list of 3 professional references
  • Sample of Legal Writing (i.e., a legal argument, letter or analysis) consisting of no more than 10 pages of text
  • Provide information and advice about the diverse legal needs of people with developmental disabilities who receive services from the regional center
  • Represent clients at administrative proceedings regarding education, public benefits, and regional center eligibility and services
  • Identify and employ impact advocacy strategies to remove systematic barriers for people with disabilities
  • Develop and engage in relationships and collaborations with a range of public and private community partners, including governmental agencies and community-based organizations, to ensure integrative services for people who receive regional center services
  • Investigate, facilitate, and report on findings from complaints of violation, withholding, or denial of rights
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Desired Qualifications
  • Three or more years advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities
  • Knowledge of statewide resources available to people with developmental disabilities
  • Experience reviewing medical or educational records
  • Able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish or an Asian language
  • Alternate dispute resolution training and practice
  • One or more years supervising colleagues in a work or volunteer setting
  • Contacts with disability organizations and/or within disability communities
  • Experience with or extensive contacts in ethnic or language distinct communities
  • Experience providing training to a diverse range of people
  • Life experience as a person with a disability or direct experience as a caregiver of a person with a disability
  • Proficiency with Windows-based computer applications including Microsoft Office and case management software
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including people with disabilities, administrators, advocacy groups, and the public, and to maintain confidentiality in all matters
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