Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor - Education Justice Clinic

East Bay Community Law Center Berkeley, CA $68000.00 to $90000.00 per year
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East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit legal services organization, the community-based clinical program for U.C. Berkeley Law School, and one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters. With a dual service and teaching mission, EBCLC is a racial justice organization committed to building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With about 80 staff, 150 law students a year, and a nearly $10 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 5,000 clients annually and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the state and local level.

EBCLC’s Education Defense and Justice for Youth (EDJY) Program, the umbrella program for Berkeley Law’s Youth Defender Clinic (YDC) and Education Justice Clinic (EJC), provides holistic legal representation to the youth of color ensnared at the intersection of the juvenile legal and education systems in Alameda County, CA. EDJY Program staff and students collaborate across disciplines to provide wrap-around legal and social work support to young people and their families. The Program also engages in cutting-edge policy work and clinical legal education with an explicit racial justice mission focused on ending the systemic criminalization of youth of color.

The EJC Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor provides representation and advocacy to youth who are systematically pushed out of school and into the juvenile legal system in Alameda County, CA. They represent clients in special education and school discipline proceedings, provide education advocacy for clients in juvenile court, as well as supervise and train law students on these cases. The Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor also engages in policy advocacy. The position requires a strong legal advocate with an interest in training and supervising law students, an interest in or experience engaging in local and state policy reform, a commitment to community lawyering, and a passion for racial justice work.

Primary Responsibilities

• Represent system-involved young people in school discipline proceedings, individualized education program (IEP) meetings, and in special education administrative hearings

• Advocate for clients in juvenile court

• Provide advice, counsel, and limited scope representation to youth and families on a range of education justice issues

• Collaborate with community partners to address school pushout and the school-to-prison pipeline

• Teach, train, and supervise clinical law students, including providing substantive law and skills training, facilitating weekly individual and group supervision meetings, and providing support on day-to-day work

• Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to case management

• Participate in ongoing professional development to improve client services and student supervision

• Additional tasks as assigned by the EDJY Program Co-Director

Minimum Qualifications

• J.D. degree required, admission to the California Bar is highly preferred

• Knowledge of, and ideally experience in, special education, school discipline law, and/or education justice work in the public education system. Experience may include legal advocacy, organizing and/or lived experience

• Demonstrated commitment to racial justice

• Spanish language fluency is highly preferred

• Strong interest in law student supervision and clinical teaching

• Ability to manage a demanding caseload; excellent time management, priority-setting, and organizational skills

• Excellent written and oral advocacy skills

• Ability to partner and work effectively with a diverse range of groups and individuals

• Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team

• Ability to travel to visit clients, attend court and engage with the community in-person in Alameda County, as needed to perform the responsibilities of this position.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary for this full-time exempt position is $68,000 - $90,000 based on the law school graduation date, as dictated by the EBCLC salary scale. This is a bargaining unit position.

Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures; and retirement options.

The EJC Staff Attorney will also be a Clinical Supervisor at EBCLC. A Clinical Supervisor position at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is unique from other similarly situated legal aid attorney positions. EBCLC Clinical Supervisors will train under some of the country's best and brightest law school clinicians, and after one full semester (or summer term) of shadow-supervising an EBCLC clinical law student, will solo supervise one (1) or more EBCLC clinical law students. When an EBCLC Clinical Supervisor begins supervising clinical law students (after the culmination of your shadow-supervision term), you will receive a partial appointment as a UC

Lecturer in the subsequent academic semester (i.e., Spring or Fall). You will join the broader Berkeley Law community--and in particular, the Berkeley Law Clinical Faculty--where you will have the opportunity to teach, research, and engage in law faculty/staff activities at a top public law school. In this role, you will also gain access to numerous Berkeley Law, statewide, and national professional development opportunities for law school clinicians. EBCLC's integrated relationship with Berkeley Law further affords Clinical Supervisors the opportunity to write and publish legal scholarship (or produce other written work) related to your EBCLC clinical and/or clinical pedagogy/teaching work.

Workplace Expectations

Due to COVID19, EBCLC employees are primarily working remotely. Staff may work in the office if they wish to do so, subject to certain capacity limits and other safety protocols. Please note that the Staff Attorney/Clinical Supervisor may need to attend in-person court proceedings and/or engage in in-person fieldwork to support our clients. EBCLC will provide the necessary equipment to fulfill the job responsibilities of working from home.

Working at EBCLC

EBCLC is a unionized workplace and members of the bargaining unit are represented by the Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20, IFPTE.

EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal services and legal education. Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website, and ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the position.

Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

To achieve this goal, EBCLC works actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications, and community engagement to create an inclusive and respectful workplace where differences are acknowledged and valued. In your cover letter, please address how your personal background and experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.

We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal legal system, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Application Procedures

Interested applicants should submit a complete application by visiting https://eastbaycommunitylawcenter.easyapply.co/. The position will remain open until filled. EBCLC will review applications and interview candidates on a rolling basis and will only review complete applications. A complete application must include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for three professional references. Please submit your complete application as one single pdf file by uploading it under “Upload Your Resume.”

*If you need technical assistance to submit your application, please message us or email jobs@ebclc.org.

East Bay Community Law Center is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
 
 
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