Staff Attorney (Education Only) - Children & Youth
WFH Flexible San Jose, CA Children & Youth
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Who We Are

The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of historically excluded individuals and families across Santa Clara County through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. Now with over 90 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is a dynamic and interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are working towards a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-centered legal services practice that incorporates community and movement lawyering. Our focus areas include health, housing, and children and youth.

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. 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. Experience working with diverse populations of youth on legal matters is desired. This position will also require participation in LACY’s regular team meetings, staff meetings, and program development activities including assisting the LACY Directing Attorney and Supervising Attorneys.


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;
  • Represent clients in various legal matters originating from organization’s Medical-Legal Partnership clinic with 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;
  • Provide technical assistance to attorneys and service providers;
  • 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 in 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 annual salary is $70,000 – $98,812.16; compensation is based upon bar admission date and comparable experience. All compensation determined by the wage table of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between SEIU Local 521 and LFSV. Excellent benefits 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
  • The option to work a hybrid schedule 

The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by our issues. For example, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, and other people of color, womxn, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged 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.

Salary Description
$78,000 - $98,812.16/yr