LAW STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
Law Student Volunteers for Remote Housing Clinics in the Central and Sacramento Valleys
The Labor and Civil Rights Unit of California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation is seeking law student volunteers to assist in providing housing-based legal assistance through remote housing clinics to mixed-status families in the Central and Sacramento Valleys.
CRLAF is one of few legal aid organizations in rural California providing services to the undocumented community. Undocumented rural Californians, including mixed-status families, lack access to legal aid since federal law prohibits legal aid programs receiving federal funds from serving undocumented Californians. The lack of access to legal aid affects not only the undocumented tenant, but their entire family. COVID-19 has further aggravated the housing and economic hardships of mixed-status families. For this reason, CRLAF is setting a remote housing clinic to provide mixed-status families with information about their housing rights and assistance in asserting those rights.
Law student volunteers will be providing legal assistance to tenants in the Central and Sacramento Valleys through Zoom, under the supervision of the housing attorney. Training on housing rights, case management, Zoom and other relevant online platforms will be provided before participating in the clinics.
Please send your resume and a short email regarding your interest and whether you are able to work with clients in another language (preferred but not required) to Claudia Guzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tenants’ Rights Staff Attorney to join our Labor & Civil Rights Litigation Unit
Location: Sacramento, California
Position Start Date: Immediately
California’s rural populations experience a dramatic justice gap. The COVID-19 pandemic further aggravated the precarious economic and housing situation of mixed-status families. Unique among legal aid organizations, CRLAF represents clients regardless of their immigration status, and focuses on class action cases that assist hundreds of tenants at a time.
CRLAF represents farmworkers and other low-wage rural workers and their families in landlord tenant disputes such as: issues around habitability, wrongful evictions, employer-owned housing matters, labor camps, and mobile park related matters, including park conversions.
The Staff Attorney will play a critical role in the continued development and implementation of the housing project, including advocacy and litigation on behalf of low-income tenants in rural California, community education and leadership development, as well as collaboration with other governmental and nonprofit agencies.
The Staff Attorney will be responsible for working with CRLAF’s Litigation Unit to develop new cases and represent clients in existing cases ranging from class action and impact litigation, to individual representation and other duties as assigned. Although CRLAF represents clients throughout California, this position will focus on housing cases and issues in the Central Valley, with some focus in the Sacramento Valley.
Identifying and handling housing cases for impact litigation.
Directly representing low-income tenants in unlawful detainer trials.
Supervising and/or providing consultations at virtual clinics.
Providing Know Your Rights Presentations to community-based organizations and tenants.
Creating and maintaining relationships with local community based organizations.
California State Bar Licensed attorney in good standing (preferred) or an attorney licensed to practice in another state.
Minimum of 1 year of experience in housing law or public interest litigation.
Demonstrated knowledge or interest in issues relating to low-wage or agricultural workers.
Strong organizational skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team.
Strong community outreach and training skills.
Culturally sensitive and works well with diverse, low-income populations.
Self-starter, able to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks with attention to detail.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Prior advocacy and/or litigation experience preferred.
Willingness to conduct training and outreach activities in the community as needed.
Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work and client meetings.
Spanish/English fluency strongly preferred.
Compensation is based on a public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave; law school loan repayment.
Temporary COVID-19 Remote Work:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CRLAF team members are primarily working remotely and under detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure. Though reopening our local offices is an evolving plan, we anticipate remaining mostly remote throughout much of 2021. All employees are expected to be available to travel to CRLAF offices and service locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories.
Please email resume and cover letter to Claudia Guzman at email@example.com. For questions, please call (916) 446-7904 ext. 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We believe everyone has something important to contribute. Respecting individual differences is an integral part of our culture and we endeavor to make our differences work for us to achieve our mission.