Staff Attorney - Children & Youth (Education & Foster Youth Financial Security)
WFH Flexible San Jose, California, CA
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Who We Are

The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (LF) advances the rights of historically excluded individuals and families across Santa Clara County through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. We serve over 10,000 individuals and families each year through our Housing Program, Children & Youth Program, and Health Program. Our attorneys, social workers, and advocates use legal advocacy as a tool for social change by crafting inventive solutions to the legal issues facing low-income people in our region.

With a staff of 90 employees, we are the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay region of the Bay Area. Our work is collaborative and meaningful and includes plenty of opportunities for professional growth. As a staff, we actively engage in discussions about race, equity, and inclusion, and are actively working towards a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-centered legal services practice that incorporates community and movement lawyering. 

What You'll Do

The Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) program of the Law Foundation is seeking a staff attorney to represent youth through one or more of its projects. The mix of casework will be based upon program needs, with a heavy emphasis on education law practice and foster youth identity theft protection. Responsibilities include advocacy on behalf of students and families to secure special education services. The attorney will also provide discipline defense on behalf of students. In addition to the education law practice, this is a unique opportunity for an attorney to lead our foster youth financial security work that focuses largely on protecting foster youth from identity theft. That work allows foster youth to enter adulthood with clear credit scores and the ability to become financially independent. Experience working with diverse populations of youth on legal matters is desired.


Primary Duties

· Represent clients in school-related meetings, including IEPs and Section 504 meetings;

· Provide representation to students in discipline defense matters before administrative panels and governing boards;

· Participate in collaboration between local child welfare agency, juvenile probation department and other community-based organization to conduct case consultations and tailor appropriate advocacy;

· Assist team members and managers in building infrastructure to support increase in special education due process litigation handled by our program;

· Represent clients in various legal matters originating from organization’s Medical-Legal Partnership clinic with the Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center;

· Respond to referrals from service providers and partner agencies;

· Assist with the development and presentation of trainings on laws related to educational rights;

· Represent current or former foster youth in securing their credit reports and disputing any fraudulent records with credit reporting agencies;

· Provide technical assistance to attorneys, service providers, and pro bono volunteers;

· Participate in regular meetings with LACY and Law Foundation staff; and 

· Participate in general office upkeep duties, including computer data entry of case information; maintenance of billing records, filing, copying, drafting and filing court documents, and serving  notice.

Who You Are

· Member in good standing of the State Bar of California. Law graduates awaiting results of California Bar Examination will be considered;

· Experience in school-based advocacy, including expulsion hearings and due process mediations and hearings, preferred;

· Demonstrated commitment to the rights of children and youth;

· Bilingual in English and Spanish or Vietnamese preferred;

· Experience working with diverse populations, including communities of color and people living with disabilities;

· Ability to identify, investigate, and resolve client problems;

· Ability to work independently and be self-motivated;

· Ability to manage multiple clients in high-stress situations;

· Ability to work sensitively and productively with minors with diverse backgrounds including those in crisis;

· Valid Driver’s License or other transportation to attend meetings, hearings, home visits, and outreach presentations; and 

· Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills


What We Offer

The salary scale for this position is $70,000 – $98,812.16; compensation based upon bar admission date and comparable experience. The work schedule for this position is 35 hours/week. All compensation determined by the wage table of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between SEIU Local 521 and LFSV.  Excellent benefits are provided including:

· 19 paid holidays per year

· 3-5 weeks of vacation per year

· 12 days of sick leave per year

· Fully paid medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums

· A robust Employee Assistance Program that includes free/discounted mental health therapy and wellness services for employees and their dependents

· A 401(k) retirement plan with employer contributions

· A sabbatical after 5 years of employment

· An annual budget for professional development

· An additional monthly stipend for those who are bilingual and utilize their language abilities in the course of their job

· The option to work a hybrid schedule

The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, women, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. It is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. Candidates from historically excluded communities including from different racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, persons living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community encouraged to apply.

ADA Accessible Facility - Equal Opportunity Employer - Drug-Free Workplace

Salary Description
$70,000 – $98,812.16