About Opportunity Under Law
Opportunity Under Law (OUL) was formed in 2014 to expand Public Counsel's longstanding economic justice and impact litigation practice. OUL combats economic and racial injustice in all its forms through community-based, strategic campaigns combining impact litigation, organizing, and communications. These campaigns affect large groups of people within California and nationwide and address structural inequities and discrimination on the basis of race, wealth, disability, gender, and immigration status. Current areas of focus include education equity, children's rights, combatting homelessness, immigrants' rights, criminalization of poverty, and low-wage workers' rights.

Job Summary:
Reporting to OUL's Director, the Supervising Staff Attorney will:
  • Provide leadership within the OUL team in litigating complex federal and state impact cases to promote civil rights and economic justice.
  • Along with the Directing Attorney, provide day-to-day supervision of OUL staff on substantive litigation matters.
  • Responsibility for recruiting, hiring, training, mentoring, and reviewing OUL's Staff Attorneys, Organizers, Paralegals, legal fellows, and student law clerks.
  • Work on existing cases and campaigns and develop new impact litigation opportunities in collaboration with the Director of OUL, Project staff, staff in Public Counsel's other projects, and volunteer attorneys.
  • Assist the Directing Attorney in the management of the project, which may include grant applications and management, tracking fee recovery, management memos.
  • Assist the Directing Attorney to maintain and grow relationships with funders and community partners, and manage the administrative aspects of the project.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities
  • Juris doctor degree;
  • Member in good standing of the California Bar; Note: Candidates that are willing to take the California State Bar Examination will be considered.
  • At least 7 years of relevant litigation experience strongly preferred (including clerkships and fellowships), including at least 5 years of experience litigating complex civil rights cases in federal and state court;
  • Experience with and competence in working closely with community-based organizations and people of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds, including individuals who are low-income and racially diverse;
  • Experience with and competence in supervising diverse groups of people across roles and experience levels;
  • Experience with training, mentoring, and professional development of staff and volunteers;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent negotiation and conflict management skills; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to trauma-informed advocacy, economic, racial, and social justice, and community lawyering.