Staff Attorney

Position Description

Provide high quality legal services, from advice and brief services to full representation, and education to members of the client community and foster a cooperative and productive relationship with the staff and community groups. A commitment to impact litigation, team work and community lawyering is essential.


  • Provide legal representation to clients consistent with CCLS program priorities. 
  • Participate in planning and strategy meetings with project partners. 
  • Work with CCLS advocates to ensure the delivery of high quality legal services. 
  • May need to participate in weekly CCLS case review meetings. 
  • Identify and analyze systemic issues through individual casework, reviews of the CCLS data and participation in statewide networks of legal services advocates. 
  • Interface with other CCLS and California advocates on issues of mutual interest. 
  • Co-counsel with other legal staff. 
  • Work with client groups and community-based service providers to identify community lawyering opportunities. 
  • Participate in community outreach and education events. 
  • Adhere to CCLS policies and procedures. 
  • Attend continuing legal education seminars and keep abreast of changes in the law. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


  • Not be afraid of litigation and be trial ready. Be excited to litigate cases that will have a positive impact on the community. 
  • Have a commitment to community lawyering.  Look forward to working with low-income clients and to connecting and strategizing with local community leaders. 
  • Have an ability to work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations including ability to provide leadership within a culturally diverse environment. 
  • Have superior interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. 
  • Be self-motivated and always looking to improve.  Not be afraid to “go for it” and learn by doing. 
  • Be a team player but also able to work independently. 
  • Have a passion for the work and is willing to do what it takes to get it done. 
  • Desire to learn. Have the ability to follow case review policies and procedures, and desire to gain knowledge of the principles and procedures of administrative agencies, hearing rights, and consumer grievance systems and substantive poverty law areas. 
  • Be inquisitive, analytical and a problem solver. 
  • Be able to conduct client interviews, investigations, legal research, analytical reasoning ability, case review and problem solve. 
  • Have experience with PC systems and standard software (Microsoft Office, Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, Google and PowerPoint), other relevant databases. 
  • Have reliable transportation, a valid CA drivers’ license with appropriate car insurance. 
  • Be able to travel to represent clients. 
  • Be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California or admission within twelve months of hire; or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program. 
  • Bilingual highly preferred (Spanish/English, Hmong/English). 


Member in good standing of the State Bar of California or admission within twelve months of hire, or eligible to practice under the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program (admittance to the California Bar within three years).

CCLS is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. CCLS values diversity. All interested individuals, including women, people of color, people over forty, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.

Employee Benefits Package Overview

  • 7.5 hour work day / 37.5 hour week
  • 14.5 Paid Holidays
  • Free wellness counseling & resources
  • Union protection for applicable positions
  • Annual pay increases
  • Overtime for Hourly/Non-exempt staff
  • Compensatory Time for Salaried/Exempt staff
  • School Loan Assistance up to $500/month
  • Bilingual Pay up to $90/month
  • Home internet reimbursement of $25/month
  • CCLS issued laptop & cell phone
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • CA State Bar dues paid in full
  • CCLS contributes to staff 403(b) plans starting at the
    one-year anniversary:
    • Year 1 to 2 – 1% of salary contributed
    • Year 2 to 3 – 2% of salary contributed
    • Year 3 to 4 – 3% of salary contributed
    • Year 4 to 5 – 4% of salary contributed
    • Year 5+ – 5% of salary contributed
  • Coverage begins 1st of the month following hire date
  • CCLS pays 100% for staff health insurance coverage
  • CCLS pays 67% of staff dependent health insurance
  • Low-Cost Plans for:
    • Dental PPO & Vision Insurance
    • Long term disability & life insurance
  • Workers Compensation coverage
  • Vacation Cash Out:
    • Accrued vacation cashed out & added to paycheck
      upon request
  • Compensatory Time Cash Out (Exempt Staff):
    • Accrued comp time cashed out & added to paycheck
      upon request
  • Comp time over 75 hours paid out automatically
    Overtime Pay Out (Non-Exempt Staff):
    • OT paid out within 30 days of accrual, per State
  • Up to $1,500 interest free loan to assist staff with
    personal computer purchase
  • Leave provided for CA Bar Exam
  • Interest-free loan for Bar Exam & study course fees
  • Up to 8 weeks salary advance
Staff Members
Years of Service