Employment Opportunities

CURRENT VACANCIES: EL CENTRO OFFICE

El Centro:

Staff Attorney - El Centro

Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility.

Essential Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Provide legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy) to low income clients in accordance with the program priorities and case handling policies.
  • Review/supervise the work product of Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented.
  • Take on significant statewide impact activity, including institutional, group litigation and community economic development.
  • Develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues.
  • Develop specialized knowledge in a substantive area of poverty law and acts as a resource for other CRLA staff through participation in at least one CRLA task force.
  • Coordinate advocacy in substantive areas through collaboration with other human services providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups.
  • Participate in training programs, case reviews, staff meetings and other CRLA activities.
  • Prepare and provide community education regarding legal rights.
  • Collaborate with members of the private bar as necessary.
  • Maintain contemporaneous time records in case management system.
  • Maintain great working relationship with all staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 

Job Number: 42569


Community Worker - El Centro

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 43,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.


  • Position: Community Worker
  • Experience: One year
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • Location: El Centro, CA
  • Term of Employment: Regular, Full Time (37.5hrs/week)
  • Other: FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position

Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Community Worker will perform initial screenings for eligibility, interview to determine the nature of the legal problem/s and to identify the type of legal assistance being sought by the applicants.

  • Applicant Intake. Perform initial screening for eligibility; interview applicants to determine the nature of their legal problem and to identify the type of legal assistance being sought. Interview applicants to learn the underlying causes of their legal problem, and how the legal assistance being sought would assist clients in meeting their short, mid-range, and longer-term goals.
  • Provide applicants with appropriate legal information and referrals.
  • Prepare and deliver to attorneys and other staff verbal and written reports of applicant interviews, including: facts pertinent to the issues raised by applicants; assessments of applicants' capacities to represent themselves in the legal matter, and of the obstacles applicants face in meeting their stated goals.
  • Conducting Investigations. Gathering information though field inquiry and other research related to actual or potential cases and litigation.
  • Prepare simple documents from standard forms.
  • Assist pro-per clients in identifying useful information for presentation of their cases; provide appropriate advocacy and make referrals where appropriate.
  • Lay Advocacy. Represent client's interests in administrative hearings and other forums appropriate to a non-lawyer and engage in lay advocacy to the extent permissible under the law and the code of professional ethics; perform ministerial duties in connection with lawsuits such as filing and the service of process; and interpreting for non-English speaking clients in interview situations and before formal and informal tribunals.
  • Community Outreach and Education. Provide legal information and skills training to individuals and groups to help our client communities understand and assert their legal rights and responsibilities.
  • Collaboration with other agencies. Maintain CRLA liaison with community organizations and groups to ensure that CRLA resources address client community needs.
  • Community Workers may be required to work outside the office, for instance, to work on regional sweeps.
  • Perform other tasks assigned.
Desired Skills and Experience
  • Applicant must have the ability to perform all of the above duties.
  • Commitment to serving low income clients.
  • Ability to use internet, database and computer word processing programs.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to interact productively with diverse community populations.
  • Spanish-English fluency required.
  • Applicants must have car and car insurance.
  • Knowledge of researching and investigation methods including computer research.
  • Knowledge of interviewing techniques
  • Ability to relate to the client community, ability to communicate with client community, ability to ascertain all necessary information of client's legal problem through oral interview in person or by phone, listening skills, ability to make client feel comfortable during interview, ability to take good notes, ability to evaluate, assess and analyze client's problems and make proper referrals.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the techniques of conducting community outreach events.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate with adverse parties, under the supervision of the attorney.

Preferred Education and Experience:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Prior experience in legal services.
  • Spanish fluency or additional language ability relevant to the primary communities.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Compensation & Benefits:

Based on a competitive public interest union salary scale; generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy.


California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

Job Number: 43016


Flexible to any CRLA office:

Staff Attorney - CRLA Rural Justice Fellowship

CRLA Rural Justice Fellowship, the Fellow (Temporary, Exempt, Full-Time) will provide comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in CRLA priority areas in accordance with CRLA program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Code of Professional Responsibility. The Fellow will be reponsible for providing legal services (advice, negotiation, litigation & administrative advocacy), Community Workers and Support Staff relating to all clients being advised or represented. Take on significant statewide impact activity, including institutional, group litigation and community economic development and develop leadership in working with the community, clients and other advocacy groups related to statewide impact issues. For a full job description and requirement please click on the link on the left side. 

Job Number: 40923


Internship

Qualifications:

We are interested in receiving internship inquiries from all individuals pursuing social justice and public interest in rural areas.  The following skills are particularly advantageous for a CRLA intern:

  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) Fluent preferred for Migrant Offices.
  • Passion in CRLA’s mission and vision.
  • Experience in researching state and federal issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clear, concise written documents.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work comfortably in diverse employee and client populations.
  • Community service experience.
  • Sound technical experience with Microsoft Office Suite.

 

Internship Conditions:

  • Full or Part-Time internships are available for University credit (specific availability may differ per office and subject area).
  • Flexible start and end dates are available. 
  • This position is generally a non-paid position, thus legal interns are expected to provide funding to support themselves during the duration of the internship.

Job Number: 37178


VOCA Spring 2020 Student Intern

 

CRLA offers current students (law students and all undergraduates) internship opportunities throughout the year.

 

Future attorneys and advocates committed to social justice or public interest will find diverse and exciting internship opportunities here!  Students will have the ability to enhance their legal training under the supervision of experienced litigators and community lawyers.  Experiences such as participating in client intake, developing cases, representing clients in administrative hearings, litigating, researching, and writing are among the hands-on experiences you may have during a CRLA internship.

 

CRLA’s areas of practice include Education, Employment & Labor, Housing, Leadership Development & Rural Housing. Additionally, CRLA has special programs focused on vulnerable rural communities including Indigenous populations, LGBT populations, youth, and residents of unincorporated communities.

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CRLA's Law Student Intern will assist in performing legal research, in drafting memos and legal documents, in designing handouts, and in preparation and scheduling of know-your-right presentation and other outreach events. 

Minimum of ONE YEAR of law school or equivalent legal experience

  • Interest in CRLA’s mission and vision
  • Ability to research state and federal issues and produce clear, concise written documents
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse employee and client population
  • Some community service experience is preferred
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

 

Internship Conditions:

 

  • The internship period is negotiable.
  • Full-time OR Part-time interships available. 
  • 600 hours, with negotiable start date, firm end date: two month-duration.

To Apply:

CRLA invites you to submit your resume, cover letter, writing sample (optional).  Please include in the cover letter the desired office/location as well as requested internship timing. At your discretion you may also include: statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

*If you have already spoken to an advocate about an opportunity please add their name in the 'Referred by' item and your information will go directly to them.


California Rural Legal Assistance welcomes all participants who are interested in contributing to the community and learning more about rural legal services.  We thrive on our diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

 

Job Number: 24147


Immigration Practice Legal Director

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 43,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.


  • Position: Immigration Practice Legal Director
  • Experience: At least 5 years' experience practicing immigration law
  • Application Deadline: Open until filled
  • Location: Any CRLA Office
  • Term of Employment: Regular, Full-Time
  • Other: FLSA Exempt, Non-Union Position

 

The Immigration Practice Legal Director will be responsible for shaping and growing the organization’s Immigration practice and its’ vision, direction, and initiatives throughout California.  This includes the delivery of high-quality legal services and, as a subject matter expert, the development of immigration expertise throughout the organization.  This role will work in close collaboration with CRLA’s leadership team members and designated advocates throughout the state.

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement CRLA’s Five Year Immigration strategic plan with the primary objective of strengthening delivery of the current immigration services and assessing the feasibility of expansion.
  • Oversee and coordinate the delivery of high-quality immigration legal services.
  • Develop criteria for all aspects of case management to ensure uniform management of immigration matters
  • As needed, develop the necessary infrastructure to support local and coordinated immigration advocacy
  • Conduct immigration legal services case review to allow for continual monitoring and supervision of immigration cases throughout the organization
  • Develop and/or provide resources and professional development opportunities that strengthen immigration knowledge for all team members
  • Mentor and support team members providing immigration legal services
  • Orient, develop and supervise pro-bono attorneys, volunteers, and interns in support of immigration matters.
  • Collaborate with CRLA’s Development & Communication Department to define priorities, identify funding needs, and create media efforts in support of outreach and/or immigration rights
  • Maintain statistics and metrics related to CRLA’s statewide immigration efforts and impact
  • Collaborate with community, legal, education and government agencies to advance CRLA’s immigration advocacy and community leadership development efforts
  • Work on advocacy efforts to further CRLA’s immigration work
  • Carry a small immigration caseload to directly engage in and lead systemic advocacy
  • Ensure that CRLA’s Immigration Practice work complies with Legal Services Corporation regulations        

 

Qualifications & Requirements
  • Minimum of five (5) years’ experience practicing immigration law with experiences processing U- and T-Visas, VAWA applications, Notices to Appear, and/or Removal/Deportation Proceedings
  • Bilingual abilities in Spanish and English
  • Proven ability to organize and supervise the case work and advocacy of team members
  • Demonstrated ability to interact constructively with diverse populations and team members
  • Willingness to participate and support development/funding efforts to support immigration practice
  • Demonstration or commitment to working with low-income, marginalized and diverse populations
  • Adept at tracking, maintaining and reporting statistics to funders
  • Willingness and ability to travel approximately 35% of the time

Preferred Education and Experience:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Admitted to the California Bar
  • Experience in supervising others, preferably in a legal services environment
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative service delivery models with limited resources
  • Experience in the non-profit or public sectors
  • Fluency in an additional language

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Compensation & Benefits:

Salary DOE; Generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy, some professional dues paid by CRLA and if qualified - participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program (LRAP).

California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

Job Number: 43480



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