Employment Opportunities

 Application Deadline  – March 28, 2018

 

Domestic Violence Supervising Staff Attorney

GBLA seeks an attorney to provide holistic legal representation to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and /or stalking in matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence.  Holistic representation goes beyond a victim’s need for a protection order and includes representation in other proceedings directly related to the client’s experience of violence which is likely to increase victim’s safety and security.

Qualifications: Candidate must be an active member of the California Bar with thorough knowledge and experience in family law with emphasis in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  The candidate must have excellent analytical, organizational and writing skills; strong oral and written communication skills;

Candidate must have the ability to supervise and/or work with legal par professionals as assigned; maintain relationships with other programs and agencies and attend appropriate meetings to further the program and funder expectations. Strong litigation skills in California courts; demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy; high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively with others; demonstrated ability to supervise and provide leadership; ability to travel throughout the county; and bilingual capacity in Spanish is strongly preferred.


 

Staff Attorney I & II

GBLA seeks Staff Attorneys to provide civil legal representation in one or more areas of the firm’s priorities and monitor developments and initiate projects in other areas of importance to low-income clients.  Staff Attorneys use the full range of potential forums to address relevant issues for our clients including all aspects of litigation; including but not limited to court hearings, trials, appellate and federal court representation.  In addition to serving clients directly, Staff Attorneys also have the opportunity to expand access to justice through varied activities such as community legal education, outreach and training, and collaboration with community and client groups as well as other government and non-government agencies.

Qualifications: Candidate must be an active member in the State Bar of California or member of the Bar of another state and willing to take the California Bar at the next available opportunity, possess civil litigation experience and a strong motivation to represent people of low-income and to explore creative solutions to problems faced by our client population. Must have strong written and oral communication skills. Must be computer literate, bilingual fluency in English/Spanish desirable.


 

Kern Heath Consumer Center Supervising Staff Attorney

GBLA seeks an attorney to develop and assist in outreach to health consumers; provide technical expertise on health care law to a range of community based organizations; and participate in projects involving systemic or policy issues impacting large numbers of low-income health care consumers.

The staff attorney will also assist in the analysis of managed care cases, coordinating with advocates in partner organizations with consumer assistance projects statewide, manage a caseload of health advocacy cases performing all functions from intake to case management to representation, negotiation, administrative hearings, plan grievances, litigation and systems advocacy; provide on-going legal research and supervising staff.

Qualifications: Candidate must be an active member of the California Bar with thorough knowledge in a range of health care access issues affecting low-income individuals including eligibility, access to care, affordability with emphasis on managed care delivery systems issues; must have excellent analytical, organizational and writing skills; strong oral and written communication skills; strong litigation skills in California courts; demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy; high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively with others; demonstrated ability to supervise and provide leadership; ability to travel throughout the county; and bilingual capacity in Spanish is strongly preferred.


 

Sargent Shriver Housing Staff Attorney

GBLA seek an attorney for its Sargent Shriver Civil Council Project. Under the direct supervision of the Director of Litigation, the housing attorney will provide civil legal representation in housing-related matters for low income litigants who remain unrepresented and when the other party has an attorney.

The Staff Attorney will carry a personal caseload litigating unlawful detainer cases which includes: client interviews; drafting pleadings, motions, discovery, briefs, and correspondence; negotiating with outside parties; representing clients in court and conducting trials; Provide legal counsel, advice, and representation to low-income individuals regarding evictions and related matters; Act as a resource regarding unlawful detainer cases and other housing issues.

Qualifications: Candidate must be an active member of the California State Bar of California or member of the Bar of another state and willing to take the California Bar at the next available opportunity with thorough knowledge and experience in housing.

Candidate must have excellent analytical, organizational and writing skills; strong oral and written communication skills; strong litigation skills in California courts; demonstrated commitment to public interest advocacy; high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively with others; demonstrated ability to supervise and provide leadership; ability to travel throughout the county; and bilingual capacity in Spanish is strongly preferred.


 

Kern Heath Consumer Center Senior Paralegal

GBLA seeks a Senior Paralegal to work under immediate supervision of a licensed attorney. The Sr. Paralegal is expected to exercise initiative and judgment in legal research, document composition, and overall case-handling.  May also be required to participate in outreach and community legal education to clients and community groups so as to provide clients or others with general information and assistance with healthcare coverage issues.

Qualifications: Experience working with low-income individuals and families preferred. Qualified candidates must have one of the following: (1.) Paralegal Certificate, (2.) B.A. or B.S. degree with 1 year experience working in a law office or other legal setting under the supervision of a licensed attorney or (3.) High School degree with 3 years’ experience working in a law office or other legal setting under the supervision of a licensed attorney

The candidate we seek will be able to handle significant client contact and is dedicated to working with non-profit public interest organizations. An ability to work independently with minimal supervision, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to conduct research and problem-solve. This individual should also possess strong communication skills (oral/written), coupled with patience and sensitivity with people in crisis situations is required.


 

Compensation:

Salary DOE.  Generous benefit package includes paid vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurances.  Also includes twelve paid holidays.

 

To Apply:

Submit Cover Letter, Legal Writing Sample, Resume, and Three Professional References to:

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
615 California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93304
careers@gbla.org
Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer