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Robert Half International Nonprofit Attorney in Berkeley, California


Our client in Oakland is looking for a recently licensed attorney to their team. You will be representing forty clients in all stages of the application process for Social Security disability benefits/CAPI, including initial, reconsideration, administrative hearings, the SSA appeals council, and federal district court:

  • SSI/SSDI/CAPI representation generally includes the following minimum duties: contact potential clients; interview clients, assess status eligibility and determine status of any existing or prior claims, complete internal and external SSA and other agency forms; initiate filings/appeals in a timely manner to protect eligibility; pursue, read, and summarize medical records and other evidence; correspond with clients’ physicians and other treatment providers; arrange medical assessments and transportation to medical appointments; submit information electronically; collaborate with SSA and its proxies via phone, email, fax and mail; develop legal arguments and write persuasive letters; and maintain regular contact with clients.

  • Should the case proceed to the hearing level, the attorney will represent the client at an Administrative Hearing, which typically includes drafting and submitting a pre-hearing brief, preparing client testimony and an opening statement, answering questions from the judge, conducting a direct exam of the client, and cross examining medical and vocational experts.

  • Negative or partially favorable hearing decisions will be assessed for appealability, and attorneys may file for Appeals Council review, and possibly District Court review, and/or file new claims as the situation dictates.

Occasionally assist clients with issues related to receipt of disability benefits, such as overpayments, payee issues, and employment issues; maintain case files and electronic records following agency guidelines; calendar all deadlines and other case-related dates in agency case management software (Prevail); help clients apply for and retain other public benefits, e.g MediCal, General Assistance and CalFresh; and, provide legal advice, brief services and referrals to one’s SSI clients as needed to help them with issues beyond SSISSDI and public benefits.


  • Must be an active member, in good standing, in the State Bar of California

  • Direct Legal Services preferred, especially experience with SSI/SSDI benefits.

  • Excellent written and oral communication, particularly advocacy.

  • Sensitivity to people with disabilities of diverse backgrounds.

  • Must be compassionate, well-organized, hard-working, reliable, dedicated, flexible, detail-oriented, justice-oriented, and have the ability to work cooperatively with others in a collegial, yet challenging, environment.

  • Must be comfortable applying harm reduction principles and de-escalating clients.

  • Commitment to cultural humility, client-centered services, and trauma-informed principles.

Great opportunity to give back to your community. Contact us today!


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