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Transgender Law Center

Legal Services Project Staff Attorney

Legal – Oakland, California
Department Legal
Employment Type Full-Time

Position:          Legal Services Project Staff Attorney 
Location:         Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY
Reports to:      Legal Director
Schedule:        Full-Time
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, prompt submission strongly encouraged.


Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender-nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. TLC’s Legal Service Project (LSP) provides legal information, limited client advocacy, and know-your-rights training and materials through our English and Spanish legal helpline. The Legal Services Project Staff Attorney will provide general legal services to transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people on a range of topics including but not limited to name and gender changes, access to health care, police misconduct, immigration, protection orders and employment discrimination.  This position will also provide technical assistance to attorneys representing TGNC people throughout the country and manage our LSP pro-bono matching program. 


  • Provide legal assistance to TGNC people in the areas of: immigration; discrimination complaints to local, state, and federal agencies; police misconduct; prison/ jail conditions; and criminal record expungements. 

  • Assist with the coordination of legal education strategies, development of educational materials, and organization of community legal clinics.

  • Organize and manage LSP’s pro-bono matching program.

  •  Give technical assistance to attorneys on how to provide culturally competent representation TGNC people.

  • Support LSP Manager to oversee volunteer program, including partnerships with law firms and law school programs.

  • Respond to English helpline inquiries with appropriate legal information and resources.

  • Provide immigration-related legal counseling and support for TGNC immigrants.


  • Law degree and 1-3 years’ experience providing direct legal services.

  • Membership in the bar of at least one state, preferably California or New York.

  • Excellent speaking and writing abilities.

  • Demonstrated history of producing the highest caliber legal work.

  • The ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.
  • Experience with racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and/or trans justice work, especially community-based.
  • A high level of independence and initiative, creativity, and good judgment.
  • Experience working in teams with people from a variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, religious, sexual, gender, and generational backgrounds.

  • A demonstrated commitment to a broad range of social, racial, and economic justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities TLC represents.


  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary team.

  • Knowledge about current TGNC immigration legal issues.

  • Experience working collaboratively with grassroots organizations.

  • Experience supervising paralegals or legal volunteers.

  • Fluency in a language other than English.


Salary range is competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s experience and skills. Benefits include comprehensive health (medical, dental, vision and FSA), three weeks’ vacation, and sick and family leave.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit your application as promptly as possible. We cannot respond to telephone or email inquiries.

Transgender Law Center is proud to be an affirmative action employer. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

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