Open Door Legal is pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation and working to show that when everyone has access to the law, poverty will be dramatically reduced.
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 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 extremely passionate, quixotic, energetic, 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.
With the generous support of Shartsis Friese LLP, we’re hiring a litigation fellow to help us litigate important cases. Open Door Legal has a unique model of practice: we assist people in over 35 areas of civil law, both in litigation and before litigation. This position will manage all our small claims cases, civil restraining order cases and provide support to our cases in active litigation. Litigation support includes witness preparation, document preparation, drafting pleadings, and drafting motions. You will also work very closely supporting clients with mental health conditions and trauma through their legal cases, especially when they need to appear on their own in small claims court.
There is a strong housing component to this position: almost all of our small claims cases deal with housing issues, and many of the cases in litigation do as well. Examples include bringing actions over security deposit fraud and tenant property destruction.
Overall, the fellowship is intended to be an extremely challenging and formative experience for someone looking to become a highly effective direct services attorney. This position, like all our staff positions, may involve managing unpaid volunteers, interns/externs, and working closely with the office support staff team. Your supervisor will be our general practice litigation attorney.
This position requires someone who is flexible, resourceful, comfortable appearing in court, has excellent advocacy skills, is good at comprehensive legal research, and loves interacting with legal aid clients.
Salary is $55,000
Applications received before June 15, 2018 will be given priority