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Staff Attorney

The Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) seeks an enthusiastic individual to join our team in fighting for tenant rights and preventing homelessness. As a staff attorney you will work with a team of attorneys, interns, and volunteers in assisting tenants in fighting their eviction lawsuits. We are looking for someone who has a passion for helping tenants, and is open to working either in our clinic and/or litigation team. While prior landlord-tenant experience is preferred, it is not required — we will train the right person for this position.

THE ORGANIZATION
The EDC provides legal assistance, advocacy and representation to all residential tenants, including low-income and indigent tenants, in San Francisco who are being evicted. We assist by educating tenants about the legal process, advising them of their options, drafting responsive legal documents, providing referrals to assist them in fighting their evictions, negotiating legal settlements and representing them at trial. The EDC also administers one-time rental assistance grants and loans through our RADCo program to help tenants who are behind in their rent to pay the rent and stay in their homes. The work at the EDC is made possible by a dedicated staff and many volunteers from local schools and the community. The work environment at the EDC is collegial, rather than having a rigid hierarchy of job positions, and we work as a team to assist the tenants who seek our help. Please see our website, www.evictiondefense.org for more information.
Compensation: Commensurate with experience based on Nonprofit legal service
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE:

• Conduct client intakes. Collect information necessary to address clients’ legal issues and educate tenants regarding the legal system and the progress of an eviction lawsuit.

• Review legal documents with tenants; instruct them on filing these documents and how to prepare for hearings and settlement conferences.

• Prepare responsive pleadings, stay of execution requests, and other necessary pleadings.

• Evaluate and screen cases for appropriate referrals for direct representation by other legal services organizations.

• Prepare case summaries for court ordered settlement conferences.

• Advocate for tenants and negotiate on their behalf with landlords and landlords’ attorneys in unlawful detainer actions.

• Represent tenants at court hearings, settlement conferences, and trial.

• Provide support for volunteer attorneys and attorneys at other legal services organizations representing tenants.

  • Mentor other less experienced staff attorneys on trial preparation and trials, if applicable

    • Work with attorneys and other EDC staff to train and supervise volunteers and interns.

    • Conduct trainings and other outreach as needed to other non-profits and community based agencies.

    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • California Bar Membership or Bar Membership pending- Non Bar members are applying for Law Clerk position

    • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in assisting diverse, low-income communities.

    • Be well-organized, highly motivated, and creative.

    • Able to work independently and in a team-oriented environment.

    • Excellent written and oral communication skills and computer literate. There is significant computer use.

    • Able to work on several projects simultaneously, and handle a high volume of activity.

  • Language Skills preferred particularly Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin.

    APPLICATION PROCESS
    Send resume and cover letter to:
    Eviction Defense Collaborative
    1338 Mission Street, 4th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    or AS ATTACHMENTS to admin@evictiondefense.org

    Priority Deadline is November 16th, 2016.

    We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from people who can contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The Eviction Defense Collaborative believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.