Eviction Defense Housing Attorney
Company: Open Door Legal
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: November 20, 2023
Eviction Defense Housing Attorney Full-Time, Hybrid, San
"It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela
We believe that even the biggest problems can be broken down into
small, achievable steps. Poverty and access to justice are part of
the same problem. And to solve this, we just need to discover what
the steps are.
At Open Door Legal (ODL), we're pioneering the country's first
system of universal access to civil legal representation to
dramatically reduce poverty and prove that the law really can
belong to all of us.
To achieve this ambitious goal, we've created an award-winning and
best-in-class legal aid organization full of passionate, motivated,
gritty, thoughtful, and team-oriented people.
We believe that injustice is the heart of poverty and we're looking
for someone to join us in having a systemic impact on how we, as a
society, ensure justice for all.
Overview of Position:
Housing has the attention of everyone in the country and especially
the SF Bay Area. A safe and healthy home is a universal human need,
yet it is consistently unrealized or threatened for those
experiencing poverty or those overlooked by our country's racist
Open Door Legal provides holistic, trauma-informed housing services
helping people access everything they need to feel safe and secure
in their homes.
We are hiring a housing attorney to strengthen Open Door Legal's
capacity to represent and assist low-income persons, especially
BIPOC populations, and individuals in jeopardy of losing their
housing because of back-rent due to COVID-19. The attorney in this
position will assist predominantly marginalized communities,
including those previously specified, as well as those living with
mental illness and/or disabilities.
You will do that by working with and in San Francisco communities
that are hit the hardest. This involves: utilizing local and
national tenant protections; navigating state, local, and federal
aid; and working with other local organizations to assist our
In this position, you will be defending clients in Unlawful
Detainer proceedings. The work is fast-paced and will require you
to think critically and demonstrate humility and awareness in
understanding the needs of our community. Overall, this position is
intended to be a challenging yet extremely rewarding experience for
someone looking to make a difference in client's lives with an
innovative, results-oriented, and fast-growing organization.
Success in this role requires grit, dynamism, teamwork, care, and
passion (also our team's five values). The housing team is
currently made up of six attorneys and one paralegal. You will
report directly to an attorney on the housing team.
- Embrace and embody our mission of universal access to civil
legal aid and ensure that everyone in our service area with a
viable housing problem gets appropriate help, including legal
- Own 15+ open housing law cases
- Appear in San Francisco Superior Court representing clients up
to 3-4 times a week for any litigation matters, as needed.
- Conduct housing law intakes virtually and in person across
multiple physical Open Door Legal locations.
- Empower housing law litigants to know their rights, and
navigate San Francisco Superior Court, San Francisco Rent Board,
and other administrative law forums.
- Provide services and support to our low-income clients with
sensitivity and awareness to cultural, socio-economic, and
disability differences. Keep a high rating in the client feedback
- Embrace and embody our values of teamwork, grit, caring,
passionate, and dynamic.
- Membership in good standing with the California State Bar.
Applicants without active California bar membership will not be
considered. However, those without a license are encouraged to
apply to volunteer with us at opendoorlegal.org/volunteer.
- California housing law and superior court civil procedure
- Must genuinely enjoy working with low-income clients and have a
commitment to providing culturally-humble and trauma-informed
- Must have some experience in a fast-paced office
- Must have high comfort using technology and case management
- Must have a strong attention to detail.
- This is a hybrid role. You must be able to report to our
physical offices for work at least 2 days and up to 4 days per
week. Please do not apply if you cannot do this.
- Minimal to light physical effort is generally required in
performing duties in an office environment. This position requires
the ability to operate a computer keyboard and standard office
equipment, sitting, standing, and lifting up to 10 pounds
- Must be willing to make a minimum two-year commitment to the
- Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
- Bilingual in Spanish (eligible for slight pay increase).
- Bilingual in Cantonese (eligible for slight pay increase).
- More than three years practicing housing law in
- Experience working in a high-volume legal aid organization,
public defender's office or similar environment.
- Knowledge of other local non-profit organizations and tools for
assisting low-income, underserved communities.
- Having lived a significant period of your life in San Francisco
Starting compensation is $77,500 - $93,500 annually based on
Applications received before November 1, 2023 will receive priority
Ideal starting date: November 20, 2023
- Loan Repayment Assistance - for staff pursuing 10-year public
interest debt forgiveness, we will pay the minimum payment on all
qualifying loans so that you don't need to worry about student loan
debt (this is a conditional benefit).
- Medical/Dental/Vision Plan offerings at 100% coverage
- Paid mental health benefit
- Generous paid time off
- Flexible work hours
- Generous paid parental leave
- 401K/Retirement Account
- Strong organizational culture with an eNPS of 100
- We believe everyone is always learning. We financially invest
in individual professional development for each staff member and
provide many internal and external mentorships, coaching, and
learning opportunities (conferences, workshops, etc.).
- We are a fun and hard-working office with best-in-class
technology solutions for anyone who's passionate about making a
meaningful and measurable difference.
Open Door Legal is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. We do
not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin,
sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical
conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as
a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or
any other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also
consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent
with applicable federal, state, and local law including the San
Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for
candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need
any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us
know at whitney [at] opendoorlegal [dot] org.
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