"FAIR HOUSING ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM"
LAW FOUNDATION of SILICON VALLEY JOB ANNOUNCEMENT ONE-YEAR TEMPORARY STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION Full-Time Position: .5 FAIR HOUSING LAW PROJECT .5 PUBLIC INTEREST LAW FIRM Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Now with over 50 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is a dynamic and interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. The Law Foundation is a non-profit organization that is the umbrella for five free legal services programs, including Public Interest Law Firm (PILF) and Fair Housing Law Project (FHLP). The Law Foundation believes in providing the highest quality of legal representation to its clients. Public Interest Law Firm PILF was formed in 1974 by the Santa Clara County Bar Association to provide legal representation through class action and impact litigation to individuals and groups whose civil and constitutional rights were threatened. PILF’s mission is to protect the human rights of individuals and groups in the Silicon Valley area who are underrepresented in the civil justice system. PILF accomplishes its mission by leveraging the skills and resources of pro bono attorneys to provide high quality representation in class action and impact litigation, advocacy in state and local government, and litigation support to local legal services programs. PILF has a wide-ranging litigation and advocacy docket in the areas of civil rights; fair, habitable, and affordable housing; inmates’ rights; physical and mental health access; disability rights; consumer rights; and youth rights. PILF focuses its efforts on behalf of elders, youth, individuals with disabilities, those who are frequent victims of illegal discrimination and those who have low incomes. Fair Housing Law Project FHLP provides free legal services to individuals who experience illegal discrimination in acquiring or maintaining housing. FHLP currently has 20 cases in active litigation. FHLP staff consists of five attorneys and two legal assistant/outreach coordinators. Job Duties The Temporary Attorney will divide his or her time between FHLP and PILF. At PILF, the Attorney will participate in the litigation team for impact and class action litigation matters and report to the Directing Attorney. The Attorney will assist the Directing Attorney in recruitment and oversight of Public Interest Counsel and coordination of service providers, attorney volunteers, and non-attorney volunteers. The Attorney will work with the Directing Attorney in representing PILF and the client community before and conducting outreach and education to community-based agencies, government entities, and professional organizations. The Attorney will participate in monitoring the status of problems faced by PILF’s client community and researching and developing public interest issues for advocacy and litigation. At FHLP, the Temporary Attorney will provide legal representation, including litigation, to individuals who have been discriminated against in housing (including lending); providing community education on fair housing and predatory lending issues; producing educational materials on fair housing and lending issues; conducting legal screenings for potential predatory lending victims; assisting the client population in system ADA Accessible Facility - Equal Opportunity Employer - Drug-Free Workplace reform efforts concerning discrimination in housing and lending; and coordinating with the work of the other FHLP attorneys and legal assistants and pro bono firm co-counsel. Other duties include coordinating interns, providing technical assistance to Law Foundation staff, participating in general office upkeep duties, keeping statistics, working on fundraising events and other efforts, writing contract reports, and maintaining positive working relationships with community partners, co-counsel, and local and statewide coalitions. Qualifications Bilingual and bicultural desired Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and legal services One to five years experience in the practice of law, preferably in the area of civil litigation Member of the State Bar of California required California Driver’s License required Ability to identify, investigate, and resolve client problems Ability to work productively with individuals from diverse backgrounds Excellent public speaking, interpersonal, and writing skills Salary: $47,538-$54,508 DOE and excellent benefits: health care, dental, generous vacation and holidays, parking, and union membership. Applications Send a letter explaining your interest and experience, your resume, three references, and a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to: Kyra Kazantzis Directing Attorney, Public Interest Law Firm Acting Directing Attorney, Fair Housing Law Project 111 W. St. John Street, Suite 315 San Jose, CA 95113 Apply by mail. No emails or phone calls please. ADA Accessible Facility - Equal Opportunity Employer - Drug-Free Workplace