Legal Aid Society of San Diego – Post-Bar Fellow

Company Intro
Job Description/Duties
Job Title: Post-Bar Fellow – Shriver Team (i.e. Eviction Defense Litigation Team)

Position Summary
Under the general supervision of the Shriver Team’s Managing Attorney and Supervising Attorneys, the Post-Bar Fellow will be provided with training regarding the basics of eviction defense litigation and then assist with various aspects of civil litigation, including drafting and responding to written discovery, drafting motions, and involvement in client interviews. The start date for this position will be August 26, 2024.

About the Organization
Legal Aid Society of San Diego (LASSD), the largest poverty law firm serving San Diego County since 1953, strengthens our communities by redressing our clients’ legal problems, empowering our clients to access and effectively participate within the legal, governmental, and social systems and encouraging self-empowerment in the fight against poverty and injustice. LASSD continues to be a proud, committed, and compassionate group of people dedicated to providing equal access to justice for San Diegans through aggressive, quality legal services. #justicebeginshere

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
•Develops and manages their own workload, through the completion of assignments related to civillitigation of unlawful detainer (i.e. eviction) cases.
•Drafts letters, forms, motions, briefs, and other legal documents for review by attorneys.
•Conducts legal research, gathers documentation and evidence, and provides legal analysis.
•Renders legal advice under the supervision of attorneys.
•Shadows experienced attorneys in client interviews and in court.
•Upon demonstrating appropriate skill-level and knowledge through training and mentorship,conducts client interviews to investigate legal claims and defenses.
•Participates in scheduled team meetings, training sessions, case reviews, and other functions asdeemed appropriate or necessary by the Managing Attorney.
•Timely and accurately enters required information on each case into the computerized casemanagement database.
•Attends and observes court hearings and trials, as appropriate.
•Maintains compliance with all program and grant requirements, as well as eligibility criteria and professional conduct regulations.
•Maintains the confidentiality and integrity of all information related to all cases, clients, and applicants.
•May participate in outreach activities to educate community groups on their rights and on available services, as appropriate.
•Other duties as assigned by Managing Attorneys, Supervising Attorneys, and/or Executive Management.
Job Criteria
•Applicant must either be a current 3L (or recent law school graduate) who will be taking the July 2024California Bar Exam.
•Excellent written and oral communication, research, negotiation, and analytical skills.
•Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
•Ability to handle a substantial workload while functioning professionally and effectively within aface-paced litigation environment.
• Ability to work effectively with community members, staff, volunteers, students, attorneys, and government agencies.
• Desire to work in public interest law and represent our client communities.
• Ability to respond to clients in a calm, empathetic, and professional manner while courteously directing the conversation to the pertinent issues.
• Ability to work independently as well as support team efforts.
• Ability to strategize and prioritize so as to timely and consistently meet case deadlines, grant deliverables, and reporting requirements.
• Must have reliable transportation.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Experience working in a public interest organization/agency or litigation firm preferred.
• Fluency in written and spoken Spanish, or another language, preferred.
• Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people.
• Ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds and with LASSD’s client communities.

Fellowship Terms:
Upon passage of the July 2024 California Bar exam, a favorable performance evaluation, and subject to available funding, it is anticipated the Post-Bar Fellow will be offered full-time, permanent employment as a Staff Attorney on one of LASSD’s practice teams, and that they will commit to remaining in their position for at least one (1) year. There is no guarantee of ongoing employment should the post-bar law fellow not successfully pass the July 2024 California Bar exam and/or not be admitted for membership to the State Bar of California. Furthermore, successfully passing the California Bar exam and being admitted for membership to the State Bar of California does not guarantee employment on the same practice team that the fellow was assigned to during the post-bar law fellowship.

Salary and Benefits:
The Post-Bar Fellow position is a non-exempt position with a pay rate of $32.97 per hour. In addition, there is a bilingual pay increase of 2% for passing an oral test and 2% for passing a written test for threshold languages other than English.

LASSD offers generous benefits package, a 35-hour workweek, paid vacation leave and sick leave, 100% employer-paid medical premium, 50% employer-paid premium for dependents under LASSD health plan, as well as dental, vision and life benefits. Staff also have the option to participate in a 403(b)-retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA). LASSD is an eligible nonprofit employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, in addition to having a Law School Repayment Loan (“LRAP”) program for attorneys.

LASSD is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 years and over), sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status, domestic violence victim status, political affiliation, and any other status protected by state or federal law.

Hybrid Work Environment:
Legal Aid Society of San Diego (“LASSD”) has adopted a hybrid work environment in which most staff are required to work in the office part of the week and permitted to work remotely for the remainder of the week, provided their job duties allow. All employees are issued LASSD computers and provided with appropriate supplies to perform their work. LASSD has implemented and continues to explore additional technologies to make our hybrid working environment as efficient and connected as possible. All employees must be available to travel to LASSD offices and service locations throughout San Diego County as needed and in compliance with public health advisories. Applicants must reside in or near San Diego County or plan to relocate in or near the County prior to their start date and must be able to commute to the physical Legal Aid Society of San Diego office locations or service delivery locations within San Diego County. LASSD’s normal business hours are 9am-5pm, but we are open to providing flexible work schedules to the extent feasible for the position. LASSD reserves the right to change these policies at any time.

Diversity and Inclusion:
It is vitally important to LASSD that we represent the community that we serve. LASSD is a signatory to the San Diego County Bar Association’s Diversity Pledge. We pledge to promote diversity and inclusion through hiring and retention, promotion and leadership, engagement of outside counsel, and participation in legal community diversity initiatives. We strongly encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply.
Salary Range/Hourly Rate
32.97 per hr
Other Benefits and Perks
100% Paid medical through Cal Choice
100% LASSD Paid Chiropractic & Acupuncture Plan
50% contribution for dependent health coverage
100% Dental coverage up to 2,400 Annual allowance
Dental Claims administrated by EBA&M
VSP Vision coverage 100% covered
Life insurance Policy up to $75,000 with Group Life/ AD&D with the standard
Voluntary life/ AD&D with the standard
Long Term Disability with the standard
Colonial life voluntary benefits
Hybrid Work Environment
Pet benefit solutions, pet discount programs
Employees Assistance Program (EAP)
Health Care & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
403(b) Retirement Plan
Specific Membership dues
Company Sponsored SEP IRA
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligible Organization
Law School Repayment Program
State Bar Membership Dues Payment
15 Paid Holidays
Personal Days
Annual Leave
Paid sick Leave
No Cap Paid Sick Leave Accrual
Jury Duty Pay
Generous Bereavement Leave
And Many More
Job Category: Housing
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: San Diego