Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Public Interest Law Project Attorney Fellow

Attorney Fellow

Posted on: January 27, 2012

Posted by: The Public Interest Law Project


Position Description: The Public Interest Law Project (“PILP”) is seeking an attorney, with three to seven years of litigation experience and an interest in prosecuting impact litigation in the public interest, to be PILP’s first Public Interest Law Project Fellow. The Fellow will gain experience in litigation involving a wide variety of issues affecting the rights of poor and low-income people to essential public benefits and fair and affordable housing. The Fellowship position will be for two years and will help to identify specific areas on which the Fellow may decide to focus in the future, and provide training and a springboard for a career as a public interest litigator.

Established in 1996, PILP is a state-wide support center for legal services and State Bar IOLTA funded law offices. It seeks to improve the lives of low-income persons through major litigation and policy advocacy in the areas of public benefits and housing.

Responsibilities: Working with our team of highly experienced litigators, the Fellow will handle state and federal court impact litigation involving a variety of public benefits and housing issues. On the public benefits side, he or she will litigate cases involving such programs as Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, Food Stamps, General Assistance, and SSI. On the housing side, litigation will address such issues as affordable housing, land use, redevelopment, relocation assistance, preservation of public and subsidized housing, and fair housing. In both areas, the Fellow will work in coordination with local legal services providers, and with state and national support centers.

Among other duties, the Fellow will: identify benefits and housing issues suitable for litigation, formulate litigation strategies, investigate facts, research and draft memoranda on potential legal claims, draft complaints, undertake discovery and conduct depositions, negotiate, file motions, present oral arguments, and pursue attorney fee awards. The Fellow may also undertake administrative and legislative advocacy, including analyzing proposed legislation and participating in state andcountytaskforcesor pilot projects regarding public benefits and housing issues. The Fellow may also participate in and conduct trainings and prepare community education materials for local programs and others on areas of PILP’s expertise.

Requirements: Three to seven years of significant litigation experience and membership in good standing of the California State Bar is required. However, candidates admitted to practice in other states who will sit for the July 2012 California Bar exam may also apply. Passing the exam is a condition of continuing as the Fellow. Federal and state court litigation experience, particularly in the areas of public benefits, affordable and fair housing, civil rights, or health law is desirable. The candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income communities and knowledge of local, state and national issues affecting low-income communities. Excellent research, writing, communication and group interaction skills are essential.


How to Apply: Please send a resume, writing sample and list of references to, Attention: Hiring Committee. Email is preferred, but, if necessary, mail materials to:

The Public Interest Law Project

Attn: Hiring Committee

449 15th Street, Suite 301

Oakland,CA 94612

The position will remain open until filled, and start date is negotiable. No telephone calls please.

Salary is based on a fixed scale based on years of legal experience. PILP offers a generous benefits package.

PILP is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBT people, persons with disabilities and other persons in underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.