Managing Attorney

Job purpose

Managing Attorney

Full-Time Position

San Rafael, California

Our Mission

Legal Aid of Marin (www.legalaidmarin.org) provides no-cost, holistic, civil legal services and resources to Marin County residents experiencing poverty and individuals who are currently, or have historically, been marginalized. Legal Aid of Marin’s mission is to create an equitable Marin by empowering the community through legal representation, advocacy, and education. We envision an inclusive Marin with equal justice and opportunity for all.

Our Impact

Legal Aid of Marin (LAM) is a growing, collaborative, civil legal services organization based in San Rafael, California. Each year, LAM provides thousands of Marin residents with access to direct civil legal services and resources. LAM prioritizes representing members of marginalized communities, including people experiencing poverty, seniors, immigrants, people with disabilities, people of color, and veterans. Our service priorities include: recovering wages for immigrant workers; advocating on behalf of tenants and enforcing renter protections; providing legal services aimed at homelessness prevention and housing preservation; representing individuals in consumer protection matters, connecting seniors with estate planning services; restoring driver’s licenses and eliminating fines through the Marin Community Court program; increasing access to pro bono legal services in partnership with the private bar; and connecting Marin residents to local community-based social services organizations. LAM works collaboratively, bringing services to community through regular outreach in partnership with community-based organizations across Marin. We work consistently to increase Marin County residents’ access to the civil justice system.
Position Overview: LAM seeks an experienced, passionate, and community-centered attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice to serve as Managing Attorney. The Managing Attorney is a member of the senior leadership team, which reports to the Executive Director and includes the Programs Officer, Senior Policy Attorney, Business Manager, and Office Manager. The Managing Attorney is responsible for building and sustaining a direct legal services and impact litigation program that advances – at scale – the rights of low-income and otherwise marginalized Marin residents; implementing the strategic direction of LAM’s legal services program; managing all staff attorneys and legal assistants; ensuring staff compliance with organizational policies and driving a culture of accountability and client-centered representation; meeting LAM’s data collection requirements; supporting funder compliance (including grant reports and funder monitoring); and building and maintaining positive relationships with stakeholders, including clients, funders, judges, elected officials, organizational partners, members of the public, Board members, and Staff.

Position Overview

LAM seeks an experienced, passionate, and community-centered attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice to serve as Managing Attorney. The Managing Attorney is a member of the senior leadership team, which reports to the Executive Director and includes the Programs Officer, Senior Policy Attorney, Business Manager, and Office Manager. The Managing Attorney is responsible for building and sustaining a direct legal services and impact litigation program that advances – at scale – the rights of low-income and otherwise marginalized Marin residents; implementing the strategic direction of LAM’s legal services program; managing all staff attorneys and legal assistants; ensuring staff compliance with organizational policies and driving a culture of accountability and client-centered representation; meeting LAM’s data collection requirements; supporting funder compliance (including grant reports and funder monitoring); and building and maintaining positive relationships with stakeholders, including clients, funders, judges, elected officials, organizational partners, members of the public, Board members, and Staff.

 

Duties and responsibilities

  • Essential Functions
  • Managerial
    • Under the supervision of and reporting to the organization’s Executive Director, advance LAM’s mission by managing LAM’s legal services program, which currently includes tenants’ rights and homelessness prevention, consumer protection, workers’ rights, estate planning, and fines and fees alleviation (Marin Community Court)
    • In collaboration with the Executive Director and within funder requirements, determine case acceptance criteria, priority case areas, operational practices, and the strategic direction of LAM’s legal services program
    • Maintain a sustainable legal services program, including refinement of intake procedures, case management practices, staff assignments, operational workflows, and organizational efficiencies
    • Manage staff attorneys and legal assistants across all areas of LAM’s legal services program, including onboarding and training, managing caseloads, oversight of casework, quality control, and performance evaluation
  • Representation of Clients
    • With oversight from the Executive Director, maintain an appropriate caseload of complex matters in the areas of housing, employment law, and consumer protection that permits intensive work with clients and robust supervision of staff attorneys and legal assistants
    • Conduct client intake, legal research, legal writing, and drafting of pleadings
    • Appear before courts and enforcement bodies at hearings and trials on behalf of clients
    • Incorporate staff attorneys into complex cases, hearings, and trials as second chair to provide opportunities for professional growth
  • Compliance
    • Ensure organizational compliance with ethical rules and laws relating to representation of clients
    • Support organizational compliance with funder requirements, including data collection, grant reporting, point-in-time case numbers, demographics of clients served, timekeeping, and impact of legal services
    • Ensure staff compliance with organizational policies
    • Implement policies and procedures set forth by the Programs Officer relating to data collection, reporting requirements, and strategic partnerships
  • Workplace Culture
    • Help foster an empowering, collaborative, and supportive working environment; • Encourage staff to have ownership and accountability over the essential functions of their positions
    • Build capacity for leadership within existing staff and assist them in meeting their professional development goals
    • Strike a balance between oversight and autonomy
    • In collaboration with the Executive Director, establish principles to advance a client-centered culture, including regular assessment of on-site staffing practices, outreach efforts, events in partnership with community-based social services organizations, and organizational structure
  • Stakeholder Relations
    • Cultivate collegial and collaborative relationships with staff, clients, Board members, community members, funders, donors, elected officials, judges, community-based social services organizations, and all other stakeholders to maintain LAM’s positive reputation
    • In collaboration with the Programs Officer and Executive Director, support existing organizational partnerships and identify new strategic partnerships

Qualifications

  • • Commitment to the mission and vision of Legal Aid of Marin
    • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and experience working with traditionally marginalized communities, including immigrants, BIPOC individuals, seniors, people with disabilities, people experiencing poverty, and people struggling with housing instability
    • Demonstrated commitment to client-centered lawyering, diversity, and uplifting marginalized communities
    • Member in good standing with the California State Bar
    • 5-10 years of full-time litigation experience
    • At least two (2) years supervising junior attorneys and legal assistants
    • Demonstrated experience in trial advocacy, including motions practice, oral argument, trial preparation, evidentiary rules, legal research and writing, citation methods, witness examination, and settlement negotiations
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
    • Willingness to receive feedback, follow directives, implement goals of organizational leadership, and address areas for professional growth
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing, and collaborative environment
    • Valid California driver’s license, reliable transportation, and car insurance
    • Fluency in Spanish (very strongly preferred)

Compensation:

This position is exempt. The starting salary range is $105,000-110,000, depending on experience. LAM employee benefits include paid holidays, accrued personal leave, sick leave, employee health insurance coverage, and retirement plan participation with employer contribution.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample written within the last two (2) years and at least 10 pages, and a list of three (3) professional references via email to Laura McMahon, Executive Director, at: lmcmahon@legalaidmarin.org Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. Our review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Remote Work

This position is authorized for one (1) day of remote work per week upon approval of the Executive Director. The Managing Attorney must be on-site four (4) days per week at LAM’s office in San Rafael.

 

Legal Aid of Marin is committed to promoting a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, BIPOC
individuals, LGBTQ community members, veterans, people with disabilities, and individuals from historically
underrepresented groups to apply. We are an equal-opportunity employer and refrain from discrimination
based on race, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation,
citizenship status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.