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Job Title:      Senior Staff Attorney (4+ years experience)

Reports to:   Legal Director

Status:         Exempt

Date:            May 12, 2023





The Learning Rights Law Center (LRLC) is a non-profit organization that provides direct legal services to students who are not receiving an equitable public education, runs an Education Rights Clinic for broad legal consultation support, and engages in a variety of community training and outreach efforts to further the organization’s mission and goals. LRLC is located near downtown Los Angeles, but is presently functioning in an entirely remote capacity. The organization currently focuses its efforts on the most vulnerable low-income K-12 students in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange Counties.




Learning Rights Law Center fights to achieve education equity for underserved families in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. We provide free legal representation, advice, advocacy and training to families and communities whose children, as a consequence of disability or discrimination, have been denied equal access to a public education.


JOB SUMMARY: This position provides an attorney with the opportunity to serve a public interest nonprofit organization as a Senior Staff Attorney. The Senior Staff Attorney will be able to independently carry responsibilities for a standard caseload.



  • Licensed to practice law in California

  • Understanding of special education law

  • Ability to relate easily and respectfully with parents and caregivers from marginalized communities

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Ability to prioritize and work independently




Direct Representation

  • Independent management of the standard caseload for similarly experienced attorneys from retention, record review, complaint drafting and all stages of representation (e.g., mediations, hearing, enforcement, appeal) for IDEA due process matters ;

  • Assignments as appropriate to represent LRLC clients in selected individual and class litigation to enforce antidiscrimination protections including but not limited to IDEA, Section 504, the ADA, and Titles VI and IX of the Civil Rights Act.

  • Outreach activities in target communities to build client base and identify systemic patterns of discrimination and other violations.


Other Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with other LRLC programs to maximize outreach and outcomes for the families we serve.

  • Represent LRLC in professional and community collaborations.

  • Provide data to the LRLC to assist with donor development, grant applications, and financial analysis.




People with disabilities, people of color, women, and other minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Although salary is dependent on experience, the intended salary range for this 40-hour per week position is $80,000 - $95,000 per year.

  • 100% health insurance coverage for the employee at the Kaiser Permanente Silver HMO B level (or that amount applied to another plan available through Learning Rights’ California Choice plan), 75% for partners and/or dependents at the Kaiser Permanente Silver HMO B level (or that amount applied to another plan available through Learning Rights’ California Choice plan);

  • 100% coverage for dental insurance through DeltaDental HMO. This includes dental coverage for partners and/or dependents, if enrolled;

  • Paid vacation: Three weeks per year for the first five years; thereafter, four weeks of vacation per year;

  • Paid sick leave: 12 days per year;

  • Long term disability insurance and a $25,000 life insurance policy at no cost;

  • Holidays: Eight paid holidays and two floating holidays. In addition, the office is closed between Christmas and New Year’s; in 2023 these dates are December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024. The office reopens on January 2,


  • Cell phone stipend;

  • Payment of California State Bar Annual Dues and Registration to the Central District Court;

  • The option to enroll in a 403(b) retirement plan, to which you may make contributions in whatever amounts you choose; and

  • Unlimited free trainings, including MCLE, through the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).


This position needs to be filled immediately.


To apply, send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Heather Zakson, Legal Director.

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