Disability Rights Legal Center Legal Position Announcement
Inland Empire Attorney/Program Director
Position: The Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC) is a thirty-six year old public interest organization that champions the legal rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy and litigation. The Inland Empire Program was established in 2005 and is located on the campus of the University of La Verne, College of Law in Ontario, CA.
The DRLC seeks an attorney/program director, who is dynamic and passionate about special education and disability rights law, a creative thinker, and is committed to mentoring the next generation of disability leaders through its clinical legal program, and who has a proven record of accomplishments.
The Inland Empire program is staffed by the Director who is an attorney, and an
administrative assistant. The program is part of the Disability Rights Legal Center, which is located at the Loyola Law School Public Interest Law Center in downtown Los Angeles and maintains an additional office in Chicago, IL.
Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the DRLC Legal Director, the Director of the
Inland Empire Program’s specific responsibilities include:
Responsible for all aspects of the special education advocacy and civil rights litigation
caseload under state and federal laws. Manages the DRLC Inland Empire Office, including record keeping, keeping track of expenses and timely submitting bills to the main DRLC office. Engaged in strategic planning and annual goals for the Inland Empire program. Supervises the DRLC clinical program and law students at University of La Verne. At the discretion of the Executive Director in consultation with the University of La Verne, teaches a disability rights and special education course. Is a liaison between the Inland Counties disability community and the DRLC Education & Outreach Program to identify training, community building, and outreach needs and opportunities in the Inland Empire. Conducts outreach and training to parents, advocates and service providers regarding special education rights and procedures and disability rights special education. Other duties as assigned
Qualifications: Member of the California Bar; minimum five (5) years attorney experience. Supervisory and leadership experience. Expertise in disability and special education law. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advocacy
Ability to expand impact of DRLC among underserved communities. Ability to maintain and further develop relationships with regional stakeholders. Excellent management and organizational skills. Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Resourcefulness, creativity and initiative highly desirable.
Salary/Benefits: Salary range within industry norms for attorneys at this level. Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, life and long term disability insurance, 401K, AFLAC eligibility, three weeks of vacation, and twelve sick days per year. DRLC also observes all Loyola Law School staff holidays, which typically include 14-17 days per year. State bar dues are covered. Position is available immediately. Applicants must include cover letter, resume or CV and writing sample via e-mail to Sasha.Yu@LLS.edu. Please state in the subject line: Inland Empire Director. The DRLC values initiative, diversity and inclusion. Persons with disabilities and people with
diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The DRLC is a 501(c)(3).