Description:

Position Summary:
Demonstrated capacity to maintain a large caseload which may include: Interviewing prospective clients; analyzing their legal problems; rendering legal advice; negotiation with opposing parties and agencies; preparing and submitting documents for clients; representing clients in various phases of litigation; attending community meetings; developing positive relationships with client communities; developing complex litigation; finding solutions to broader client problems through litigation; policy development or other strategies.

About the Organization:
Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD), the largest poverty law firm serving San Diego County since 1953, strengthens our communities by redressing our clients' legal problems, empowering our clients to access and effectively participate within the legal, governmental and social systems and encouraging self-empowerment in the fight against poverty and injustice. LASSD continues to be a proud, committed and compassionate group of people dedicated to providing equal access to justice for San Diegans through aggressive, quality legal services. #justicebeginshere

Essential Functions:
  • Interviewing prospective clients; rendering legal advice; preparation of legal documents; developing a caseload
  • Representing clients in all phases of administrative hearings or court litigation, including research, drafting pleadings and briefs, trial, and appeal
  • Attending community meetings, community education events, and community workshops
  • Developing positive relationships with the client community
  • Handling an increasingly complex caseload
  • Assisting in the training and supervision of advocates, law students and volunteers as appropriate
  • Developing creative methods, litigious and non-litigious for dealing with recurring client problems
  • Compliance with all program and grant requirements

Requirements:
Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish preferred
  • Member of the Federal Bar
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people
  • Ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge and/or experience with Social Security Disability benefits