Disability Civil Rights Staff Advocate Position – Open Until Filled


Berkeley, California

FTE: Full time

The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) in Berkeley, California, seeks an attorney with one to eight years of experience to help develop and litigate cutting-edge cases that advance the rights of people with disabilities, and to support DREDF’s advocacy work in promoting the civil rights and freedoms of people with disabilities.

The DREDF is a leading national center for disability civil rights law and policy led by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, public policy and legislative development. The DREDF staff includes seven lawyers, two political analysts and other professionals.

Our advocacy priorities include defending and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in: education; access to government programs and services; lodging; Health care; transportation; Technology; parenthood and the dependency system; and self-determination and decision-making. We strive to enforce the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, Amendments to the Act fair housing and other civil rights laws.

In all areas of society, we are committed to upholding Olmstead and its principles, including for people with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities and people with disabilities involved in the criminal justice system.

Applicants should have excellent legal research, analytical, and writing skills, and a strong commitment to civil rights and civil rights litigation. Experience in public interest law, particularly in the area of ​​disability rights, is preferred. Membership in the California Bar is required, but this requirement may be deferred for a reasonable period, at the discretion of DREDF, to allow a new recruit to take and pass the California Bar exam.


The DREDF has a salary grid which determines the remuneration of lawyers. The full-time salary for this position (one to eight years of experience) ranges from $68,500 to $93,000.


Generous vacations and great benefits including health, vision and dental insurance, 403B retirement plan, life insurance and a flexible workplace.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

DREDF values ​​diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or weight. We encourage and welcome people of color, people with disabilities, people of heavy weight, parents of children with disabilities, LGBTQI people, and people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to apply.


We are reopening our Berkeley office. We have a hybrid work model that integrates in-office and remote work for most positions.

The DREDF requires that all employees working on the site be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless there is a medical or religious exemption.

To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position, a resume, a list of references and two writing samples to:

Susan Henderson, Executive Director
[email protected]

The DREDF only contacts references at the final stages of the selection process following the interviews. The DREDF will let you know if you reach this stage and we plan to contact your references.

We appreciate your interest. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


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