Job Opening: Staff Attorney - SSI Advocacy

General Description:

The Staff Attorney provides legal representation to low-income clients with HIV and/or mental health issues in order to secure disability income and health insurance benefits.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Assessment: Performs individual assessment of needs related to health insurance and income benefits. Helps identify and assist in breaking barriers to benefit entitlements, including accessing medical care, treatments and psychiatric and/or psychological evaluations. Works with clients within a Harm Reduction Approach.
  • Benefits Advocacy: Provides direct legal assistance and representation to clients. Assists clients to apply for public disability benefits such as SSI and SSDI, as well as handles other health insurance and income benefits related issues. Follows claims throughout the process, negotiating with SSA and Disability Analysts as needed. Files appropriate paperwork and develops/obtains supporting medical evidence.
  • Hearings: Prepares cases for appeal and appears before Administrative Law Judges or other tribunals. Files documents for appeals process. Develops/obtains supporting medical evidence. Performs legal research. Writes pre- and post-hearings legal briefs. Prepares clients for testimony. Prepares questions for cross-examination of expert witnesses. Appeals unfavorable decisions to Appeals Council.
  • File Management: Creates and maintains confidential client files detailing documents and policies reviewed, correspondence prepared on behalf of the client and case progress. Updates databases.
  • Training: Provides consumer and provider trainings/outreach as requested.


  • Active member of the California State Bar required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of SSI advocacy experience strongly preferred.
  • Ability to maintain computer databases on a regular basis with minimal supervision.
  • Bilingual and bicultural (Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese or Russian) highly desirable.
  • Ability to be sensitive to and work well with low-income individuals, people with psychiatric disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, people of color, active drug users, people with a history of homelessness or incarceration, and people in the LGBT community.
  • Familiarity with mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, and state and federal laws regarding disability benefits.
  • Knowledge of Harm Reduction theory and practice as applied to legal services.

Salary and Benefits:

Full-time exempt position. Competitive salary, plus medical, dental, short/long term disability, life insurance, employer matching contributions to 403(b) retirement and Bar dues.

Application Procedure:

Submit a resume and cover letter to: PRC, Attn. Chuan Teng, 785 Market Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103; or email Please include Job Code: SAPRC1017 in the subject line of your email, when applying

People living with HIV/AIDS or other disabilities, people of color and people who are bilingual/bicultural are strongly encouraged to apply.

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