Housing Attorney Fellow or Housing Legal Fellow at Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP)

 About Family Violence Appellate Project 

Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) is the only organization in California dedicated to appealing cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. Our mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of survivors and their children by helping them obtain effective appellate representation. We represent clients in the California Courts of Appeal, submit amicus curiae briefs in cases of statewide importance, provide training services to domestic violence attorneys and advocates, and assist pro per litigants. FVAP is dedicated to supporting policies that further the safety and welfare of all survivors of domestic violence. This includes a commitment to increasing survivors’ access to safe and stable housing through appellate representation, education and policy advocacy. 

Since its inception in 2018, FVAP’s Housing and Employment Justice Project has provided training and technical assistance to attorneys and non-attorney advocates across California, created written legal tools that domestic violence survivors can use to obtain access to housing, and engaged in policy and legislative advocacy to increase survivors’ access to safe housing. If you are interested in being part of this exciting social justice movement and resource for domestic violence survivors and advocates across California, this is the place for you! You can learn more at www.fvaplaw.org. 

 Position Summary 

FVAP is seeking a Housing Attorney Fellow or Housing Legal Fellow to build the capacity and reach of its Housing and Employment Justice Project by deepening FVAP’s connections to underserved rural and frontier communities in California, focusing on communities that have little access or connection to legal assistance. The focus communities of the fellow will partially depend on the skills and connections of the hired fellow. 

The Housing Attorney Fellow or Housing Legal Fellow is an 18-month, grant-funded position that will run from January 2020 to June 30, 2021. However, to accommodate applicants taking the February 2020 bar exam, the Housing Legal Fellow position could start immediately and run until June 30, 2021 with up to 8 weeks of unpaid leave for bar study. Extension of the position past June 2021 is contingent on whether FVAP is able to obtain alternate sources of funding. The fellow will spend approximately 20% of their time out of the office doing outreach and providing trainings to agencies serving domestic violence survivors throughout California. In addition to outreach, the fellow will adapt and create written legal tools that are culturally accessible and appropriate to the Project’s targeted communities. The fellow will also provide technical assistance to non-attorney advocates and attorneys who serve domestic violence survivors and their families. There may also be opportunities to participate in appeals and legislative advocacy. 

To Apply:

The position will be open until filled. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 15, 2019. Candidates are encouraged to apply early in the process. To apply, please email or mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to: 

Taylor Campion, Housing & Employment Justice Attorney  at staff@fvaplaw.org 

Family Violence Appellate Project, 449 15th Street, Suite 104, Oakland, CA 94612 

Your cover letter should speak to: 1) why you are interested in working at FVAP; 2) how your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our work and perform the required and any preferred qualifications, and; 3) how your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to diversity and cultural responsiveness amongst our staff. Feel free to think broadly about your response to these questions, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. 

To promote social justice and best serve our clients, FVAP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally responsive services. Individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, and gender identities, as well as differently abled persons, survivors of domestic violence, candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, bilingual and bicultural candidates, and those who are the first in their family to complete college or graduate school, are encouraged to apply.