BayLegal’s San Francisco Economic Justice / Social Security Disability Advocacy practice team is growing! We seek attorneys (2) with a strong commitment to the public interest and social justice advocacy to join our team. This position is based in our San Francisco office, representing unhoused San Franciscans with public benefits claims – primarily, eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and the Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI), with a focus on homelessness, disability rights, and economic justice. The position requires outreach at city shelters, including Shelter in Place hotels, and partner organizations, as well as travel in the city/county as necessary to best serve our clients. As a member of BayLegal’s regional practice, there may also be travel within BayLegal’s broader service area for purposes of meeting with clients and as necessary for training and advocacy. See below for a description of our current work environment due to COVID-19.
Duties & Responsibilities – As an Economic Justice Attorney, you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn about and advocate for the diverse legal needs of communities affected by systemic and structural inequities in San Francisco and the broader Bay Area to reduce homelessness, enhance economic and housing stability, improve social determinants of health, and advance social and racial justice.
- Represent clients in a range of public benefits matters, including primarily Social Security disability benefits, SSI and CAPI claims and appeals.
- Represent clients in all stages of administrative proceedings related to their public benefits claims, from initial applications through federal court.
- Assist clients with accessing other county, state, and federal benefit programs, as needed.
- Identify and employ impact advocacy strategies to remove systematic barriers to public benefits for client populations, including particularly vulnerable groups such as people experiencing homelessness and people with disabilities.
- Develop relationships and engage in collaboration with a range of public and private community partners, including governmental agencies and community-based organizations, to outreach clients, ensure integrative services and address systemic barriers facing BayLegal’s client community.
- Provide workshops and technical assistance to community partners and client community on economic justice, disability advocacy, and a broad range of civil legal issues.
- Work collaboratively with attorneys practicing in BayLegal’s other substantive areas.
- Work closely with BayLegal’s development, grants and contracts, and communications team to promote BayLegal’s mission and resource development.
- Engage in other tasks and projects that further BayLegal’s mission and operations as a non-profit.
- Must have received or be willing to receive and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination (including eligible boosters) by date of hire to be considered.
Requirements/Qualifications/About the Successful Candidate:
- Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.
- Commitment and desire to work with low-income and unhoused individuals.
- Member of CA Bar in good standing or admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California for 3 years under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program. Candidates who have recently passed the CA Bar or graduated and will be taking the bar exam at the next sitting are welcome to apply.
- Experience with government benefits programs, especially Social Security disability/SSI benefits, preferred.
- Experience with impact litigation and/or policy advocacy preferred.
- Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
- Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills, with ability to be detail oriented.
- Strong oral advocacy skills; thoughtful and attentive to client communication.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team.
- Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be done.
- Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a fim grasp of individual project details.
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NOSSCR Member: Steven Weiss