Staff Attorney

Civil Rights Law Firm Seeks Litigators with Three to Five Years of Experience For its California and New York Offices

Disability Rights Advocates offers a unique opportunity: valuable experience undertaking high-impact, class action litigation that advances civil rights. DRA offers a wide variety of case work, addressing every aspect of life that impacts people with disabilities: technology, healthcare, transportation, voting, juvenile justice and emergency preparedness planning to name a few. We represent people with all kinds of disabilities from mobility and sensory to learning and psychiatric.

With offices in Berkeley, California and New York, New York, Disability Rights Advocates is one of a few nonprofit disability rights legal centers in the nation that relies almost solely on litigation to advance the rights and equality of people with disabilities. Founded in 1993, DRA has taken on and won hundreds of cases—achieving dramatic improvements for people with disabilities. DRA is seeking attorneys who share our vision of creating a society that strives towards justice and fairness for all. For more information on DRA’s mission and impact visit

Qualifications and Requirements

DRA is looking for dynamic and motivated attorneys with three to five years of litigation experience and outstanding academic and professional credentials to work in either its New York or California office.  This position will ensure professional development and provide an opportunity to work on cutting edge civil rights class cases nationwide.

Ideal candidates should have litigation experience that includes: drafting and responding to written discovery, taking and defending depositions, researching legal issues and writing motions, and negotiating and overseeing settlements.  Preference will be given to candidates who have class action experience.  Candidates need not have extensive disability law experience, though some connection to disability is preferred.

Applicants must be active members of the California Bar for the California position or New York Bar for the New York position, in good standing, to be considered.

The opportunity to work on class action impact litigation for disability rights is truly meaningful, as our cases make an immeasurable difference in the lives of persons with disabilities throughout the nation. Please visit our website,, to learn more about our work and victories.


DRA offers competitive salaries, commensurate with experience, plus a comprehensive package of excellent employee benefits.

Application Process

Disability Rights Advocates is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.  To apply, please send the following to

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • A writing sample (no more than 3-5 pages)

Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis.