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Litigation Counsel
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Fresno, CA, USA • Remote • Sacramento, CA, USA • San Diego, CA...
Experience Level
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex advocacy projects and litigation, build strong relationships, and work well in collaborative settings
  • Excellent research, writing, analytic, and oral advocacy skills
  • Fearlessness and a deep commitment to zealous client-centered advocacy - demonstrated by lived experience or public interest employment history - through the representation of people with disabilities, lower-income clients, and people of color, and by incorporating race-equity, civil rights, and community/movement lawyering principles into their work
  • Expertise in one or more substantive areas of law related to the practice group (such as Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 1983, Equal Protection, Due Process, Eight Amendment, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, state civil rights statutes, etc.)
  • Expertise in federal and/or state civil litigation, including class action, appellate practice and/or mandamus writs, and systemic policy advocacy
  • Five years of exemplary results in litigation including settlement, final judgment, etc
  • Three years of successfully leading, training, mentoring, and developing attorneys and advocates
  • Demonstrated results from mentorship, leadership, and supervision of multiple attorneys or advocates
  • Demonstrated ability to support and develop multiple junior staff in their own advocacy efforts, including litigation, systemic policy advocacy, administrative proceedings, and/or writs
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with other lawyers and support staff, and to develop and implement impact strategies; and
  • The ability to work independently with appropriate supervision
  • Duties are performed between an office or home environment and the field in a wide range of settings, including courthouses, health care facilities or other institutional settings, community agencies, or in community-based outpatient settings
  • 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
  • Develop legal, policy, and other systems-change advocacy initiatives to address the needs of disabled Californians and their families
  • Identify and address complex legal challenges through investigation, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and strategic planning
  • Lead teams in litigation or major policy advocacy which may include targeted representation, complex litigation and/or appeals, or major policy advocacy at the state level
  • Mentor and train practice group attorneys in litigation and policy advocacy work
  • Support and oversee litigation teams, including facilitation of crossover legal issues and coordination of litigation practice group members
  • Monitor, summarize, and analyze case law, legislation, and administrative policy and practices for staff and other organizations
  • Collaborate with other agencies and organizations to address new or recurring problems faced by our clients
  • Participate as a member of the DRC legal management team to assist in the development and advancement of the Legal Advocacy Unit's strategic direction
  • Collaborate with other Litigation Counsel to fulfill various administrative and litigation-related responsibilities
  • Identify and develop substantive and skills-based training for staff; and
  • Co-review and approve the team's requests to commence new litigation
Desired Qualifications
  • Litigation or advocacy experience in institutional settings (jails, juvenile halls, immigration detention facilities, psychiatric facilities) for adults or young people with mental health disabilities and/or in community settings through Olmstead and ADA matters
  • Litigation experience in federal district court and/or state court as well as appellate court experience
  • Experience developing impact strategies through community lawyering
  • Experience in the disability rights/disability justice movement
  • Experience with one or more of the following areas: racial justice, homelessness, institutionalization, criminal or juvenile justice, immigrants' rights, substance abuse, underserved or disadvantaged socioeconomic groups, or Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Intersex communities
  • Ability to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish or other language; or able to communicate using American Sign Language
  • Lived experience as a person with a disability; or
  • Family member of a person with a disability
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