CLASSIFICATION: Attorney II (Union, exempt)
SALARY: $70,000 + DOE
REPORTS TO: Directing Attorney
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until filled
For 45 years Bet Tzedek has set the standard for innovation and excellence in poverty law. In that tradition, Bet Tzedek seeks a staff attorney to provide legal services, education, and leadership to our Low-Income Tax Clinic. The staff attorney would be responsible for advancing the Clinic’s mission in ensuring the fairness and integrity of the tax federal tax system for all taxpayers, particularly low-income individuals and taxpayers for whom English is a second language (ESL).
- Directly Responsible for all activities of the Bet Tzedek Low Income Tax Clinic, including client representation, know your rights education, outreach, and policy advocacy;
- Represent individuals before the United States Tax Court, the Internal Revenue Service, and the California Franchise Tax Board;
- Develop and conduct community education and outreach programs throughout Los Angeles County on a variety of state and federal tax issues. Target audiences include low-income and immigrant communities, communities of color, and legal services staff and other community professionals with no tax law experience;
- In collaboration with community partners, conduct administrative policy advocacy;
- Work closely with Bet Tzedek’s Director of Pro Bono Programs to place matters with pro bono attorneys, and train and mentor pro bono attorneys and law students;
- Work with Bet Tzedek’s finance and development departments to comply with all requirements of the IRS’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic grant program, including reporting on service activity, preparing grant renewal applications, and attending an annual national conference for Low Income Taxpayer Clinics.
- Demonstrated commitment to Bet Tzedek’s mission to provide free legal services to those who need them most (required);
- Demonstrated commitment diversity, equity, and inclusion (required).
- Active member of the California State Bar in good standing, or licensed in another state and eligible to practice under Rule 9.45 of the California Rules of Court (Registered Legal Services Attorneys) (required);
- Minimum 3 years practice experience in tax law, legal aid, or related field (preferred);
- Working knowledge of federal income tax law (required);
- Working proficiency in Spanish (preferred).