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Counseling Attorney - Student Legal Services (7206U) 27213
University of California, Berkeley
Counseling Attorney - Student Legal Services (7206U) 27213
At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles
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The AVC/Dean of Students portfolio, within Student Affairs, provides essential programs, services and resources for the co-curricular student experiences at UC Berkeley. The AVC/DOS portfolio is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that helps all students reach their educational, aspirational, and personal goals. It advocates for the needs of students. It helps community members navigate UC Berkeley. It promotes diversity and prepares students to contribute to a changing world. It supports student health and well-being. It facilitates belonging, community, and leadership development. Above all, the AVC/DOS portfolio fosters compassion and care. The Centers within the AVC/DOS portfolio include the ASUC Student Union, Center for Support & Intervention, the Career Center, the LEAD Center, New Student Services, Residential Life, Recreational Sports, the Public Service Center, Student Conduct, Student Environmental Resource Center, and Student Legal Services.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: December 2, 2021
- Under the direction of the SLS Director, serve as a Counseling Attorney for Student Legal Services; provide legal counsel, guidance, and referrals to currently registered students with legal issues and questions.
- Provide open hours for 30-minute consultations by appointment with students to advise them on their legal rights, responsibilities, and options.
- Inform and advise student clients of their rights and responsibilities regarding a moderate variety of legal matters, with an emphasis upon landlord/tenant law, and in some of the following areas: criminal law, credit issues and collection matters, auto and health insurance claims, accidents and personal injury, consumer fraud, technology and privacy issues, general contract law, small claims actions, traffic and alcohol citations, estate planning, name and gender changes, and family law (including divorce, child custody, harassment, and domestic violence).
- In consultation with the Director, draft and review documents for students (such as demand letters, pleadings, contracts, and other legal documents) for use in their cases; provide ongoing guidance to students in the resolution of their legal matters.
- Research relevant statutes and case law, and consult Director as needed.
- When necessary, and in consultation with SLS Director, refer clients to outside attorneys or agencies for further assistance.
- Develop educational and outreach materials for students providing context and general information about commonly encountered legal questions. Disseminate information on campus and in the community, as appropriate, regarding SLS and the services it provides.
- Make updates to, and maintain, the SLS website.
- Offer workshops and educational programs to support the advancement of student issues in distinct legal matters.
- Professional Development: Maintain State Bar licensure by completing Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Requirements. Keep abreast of current literature and developments in the field and in related professional organizations. Attend pertinent conferences and conventions and present information when requested for shared development. Participate on department and campus committees, programs, and projects as assigned.
- JD or other law degree from a State Bar-accredited or American Bar Association-approved law school.
- Must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California and maintain that standing through continuing legal education credits required by the State Bar.
- At least 5 years of active State Bar membership, and at least 5 years of practice in relevant area(s) of law.
- Ability to interpret a moderate variety of laws and legal precedents and apply to each individual situation.
- Demonstrated ability to work autonomously.
- Effective written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Skill in speaking clearly and distinctly using appropriate vocabulary and grammar to obtain and convey information.
- Ability to interact effectively with students, staff, faculty, administrators at various organizational levels, and the public, for different purposes and in different contextual settings.
- Moderate skills associated with conducting complex legal analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative manner with diverse client group.
- Solid knowledge with computer applications, document sharing technology and research tools.
- Demonstrated experience referring clients, students and/or other constituencies to appropriate resources.
- Writing moderately complex documents including editing and proofreading documents, with close attention to details.
- Demonstrated experience maintaining strict confidentiality and proven knowledge of attorney-client and work product privileges, FERPA, and other laws and regulations pertaining to confidentiality.
- Moderate skill in using Lexis, Nexis, Westlaw and / or other electronic legal databases, law library, people-search databases, standard office software.
- Demonstrated cultural competency to counsel a highly diverse population of student clients.
- Demonstrated abilities to listen actively, understand varying viewpoints and receive feedback.
- FERPA and its implementation on the Berkeley campus.
- Ability to gain working knowledge of campus and UC policies, particularly those relating to the legal rights of students.
- General knowledge of student affairs and student development theory and practice.
Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. Hiring range is up to $90,000 (at 100% FTE). This is an 80% (32 hrs/week) position. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is an 18-month contract position with the ability to work remotely up to 50% of the time.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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