Description:

Bet Tzedek seeks to add an attorney to support low-wage workers in accessing unemployment insurance, as workers continue to experience difficulties in accessing unemployment benefits following the pandemic’s historic rates of unemployment. The attorney in this role will assist with appeals from wrongful denials and incorrect benefits calculations, overpayments, and advocacy to EDD resulting from unanswered applications.

Essential Duties
  • Represent individuals and client groups before EDD;
  • Work closely with worker centers and other community partners in developing cases to be taken to EDD;
  • Conduct outreach, including: volunteer recruitment at local law schools, know your rights trainings in low-income and immigrant communities, and program outreach to the legal community, community-based organizations, and elected officials.
  • In collaboration with community partners, conduct legislative advocacy on issues impacting workers’ access to unemployment insurance;
  • Participate in intake clinics; and
  • Work closely with Director of Pro Bono Programs to train, mentor, and place matters with pro bono attorneys.

Requirements
  • Active member of the California State Bar in good standing, or licensed in another state and eligible to practice under Rule 9.45 of the California Rules of Court (Registered Legal Services Attorneys) (required);
  • 1 to 3 years of practice experience in administrative advocacy or civil litigation (preferred);
  • Experience in unemployment insurance benefits, wage and hour, and/or other employment matters affecting low-income immigrant workers (preferred);
  • Experience with State Disability Insurance or public benefits (preferred);
  • Bilingual and biliterate in both English and Spanish (preferred);
  • Experience training and working with volunteer attorneys and students (preferred);
  • Demonstrated patience, compassion, respect and commitment to serving low-income workers (required); and
  • Demonstrated commitment to applying principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in performance of job duties (equired).