About Us:

Open Door Legal is pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation and working to show that poverty will be dramatically reduced when everyone has access to the law.

We won the 2015 Google Impact Challenge and we’ve been recognized by the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation for our innovative, results-oriented program. Long-term, we plan to replicate our services across San Francisco, make this city the first in the country with universal access to civil legal representation, and become a model for national replication.

We’re only going to achieve this if we continue our tradition of hiring the best possible people. We hire people who are passionate, team-oriented, client-centered, love tackling tough problems, and believe in continuous personal growth.

We believe injustice is the heart of poverty and we invite you to join us in having a systemic impact on how we, as a society, ensure justice for the poor.

Overview of Position:

We’re hiring a housing attorney to help us defend residents from evictions, prevent discrimination, ensure that everyone has working heating, plumbing, and electricity, and make certain that all homes are free from mold, infestations, and other health hazards. Our housing practice changes lives by ensuring that even our most marginalized neighbors can benefit from San Francisco’s housing laws and live in safe, healthy housing. The attorney in this position will get to work closely with their clients and will zealously advocate for them during investigations, negotiations, and litigation in housing court.

Candidates with multiple years of experience practicing tenant litigation in San Francisco may be asked to take a leadership role in our organization, managing our housing law practice and supervising other staff housing attorneys, interns, volunteer attorneys, pro bono counsel, and paralegals/housing advocates. We also would expect this attorney to represent our organization and values to a wide variety of stakeholders, including other organizations. Candidates that are are newly licensed in California or new to practicing housing law in San Francisco are welcome to apply. If hired, they will be supervised by a more experienced housing law attorney.

Overall, this position is intended to be an extremely challenging experience for someone looking to be a highly effective legal aid attorney.

Salary is $60,000 - $65,000 depending on seniority and experience.


  • Own/manage between 20 and 40 housing law cases simultaneously while being assisted by a housing paralegal and volunteers. Approximately 50% of a candidates time will be working on unlawful detainer defense.
  • Attend and/or mentor others at rent board hearings, SFHA administrative hearings, grievance hearings with subsidized housing providers, mediations with a conflict intervention service, DFEH mediations, and HUD settlement negotiations.
  • Be flexible: that is, be willing to appear in court on short notice when necessary.
  • Provide culturally and economically sensitive services and support our low-income clients.
  • Embrace our mission of universal access to civil legal aid and make sure that housing law case needs of residents in our service area are met.


  • 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.
  • Must have experience appearing in court and/or at administrative law hearings.
  • Must have experience with pleadings and motions filings.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a team and share attribution for success.

Bonus Points:

  • Five-plus years of practice experience.
  • High familiarity with San Francisco housing laws.
  • Experience supervising staff.
  • Experience working in legal aid.
  • Having lived a significant period of your life in San Francisco proper.


  • We are a fast-growing nonprofit that offers significant opportunities for professional growth.
  • We offer a fun and challenging work environment for anyone who's passionate about making a difference.
  • We use best-in-class technology solutions, including Salesforce and Google Apps.
  • Full-time employees are eligible for medical benefits, four weeks paid time off per year, a retirement plan, and flexible hours (20% remote is possible).

Applications received before March 8, 2019 will be given priority