Fellowship Attorney

Position Overview

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a nonprofit civil rights law firm, seeks passionate, hard-working attorneys who share our vision of a world free from discrimination where people with disabilities are valued members of their communities with equal access to opportunity.  Ideal candidates have 0-2 years post-law school experience in civil rights and/or class action litigation. 

Fellows at DRA gain valuable experience in undertaking high-impact litigation while doing meaningful work that advances civil rights. DRA provides legal representation in complex, system changing, class-action cases, achieving dramatic improvements for people with all types of disabilities in all areas of life: technology, health care, employment, transportation, education, disaster preparedness planning, voting, juvenile justice, and housing. For more information on DRA’s mission and impact, visit www.dralegal.org.

Applicants will be considered for both our Berkeley and New York City offices.

Core Responsibilities

  • Take an active role in all aspects of litigation including drafting legal research memos, litigation/discovery plans, written discovery, document review, depositions, motion practice, brief writing, advocacy in court, and client management
  • Engage in all aspects of investigations and case development, including factual research, legal research, site visits, and client development
  • Take part in all aspects of settlement negotiations, including drafting structured negotiations agreements, mediation statements, term sheets, and settlement agreements, and participating in negotiation sessions and conferences
  • Monitor settlement agreements
  • Assist at trial
  • Conduct client outreach, and development and maintenance of relevant relationships with individuals and organizations within the disability community
  • Support DRA’s fundraising and communications efforts

Qualifications

  • Commitment to DRA’s mission to advance equal rights and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities nationwide
  • 0-2 years experience in civil rights litigation
  • Excellent writing and advocacy skills
  • Knowledge of legal principles and practices related to high impact or class action litigation
  • Self-directed with strong initiative, strong communication skills, efficient time management, time-keeping, follow-through, effective at working in teams, and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines
  • Connection to disability or passion for our mission desirable, but extensive disability law experience not necessary
  • An active license in good standing with the California or New York State Bar, or passage of the July 2021 bar exam

Candidates should be either law students who will graduate in the spring of 2022, judicial law clerks, or recent law school graduates who are passionate about civil rights and disability law.

Compensation

DRA offers a competitive salary of $70,000 – $80,000 per year based on legal experience, with comprehensive top-tier benefits including medical, dental, and vision insurance with 100% employer-paid premiums, 401(k) with company contribution, generous holiday and paid time off benefits, and additional health and commuter benefits.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all DRA employees have been temporarily working remotely.  As our offices reopen in 2022, we will provide a remote-friendly workplace with flexibility to partially work from home.

How to Apply

Please send the following to jobs@dralegal.org with “Fellowship Attorney” as the subject:

  1. Cover letter (including how you learned about this job opening and whether you are seeking employment in CA or NY)
  2. Resume
  3. Law school transcript
  4. Three references (at least two direct supervisors)
  5. A writing sample (5-10 pages)

DRA is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and inclusive culture.

DRA encourages applications from all qualified individuals and does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, veteran status, disability, AIDS/HIV status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.   This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

DRA is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process.  If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact jobs@dralegal.org with the subject line “Accommodations Request.”