Tenant’s Rights Attorney

Reports to: Director of Asset Building Programs
Revised Date: August 2021

About MEDA

The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is a community-based, local economic development organization, which, for over 47 years, has engaged individuals, families, and small businesses in community-building strategies. Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.

About the Tenant’s Rights Attorney

The Covid-19 pandemic and economic downturn has acutely affected the housing stability of many low and moderate income Latino families. Due to a need for culturally competent legal housing services for the Mission community, MEDA is hiring for an Tenant’s Rights Attorney. This attorney will actively work with MEDA clients who are facing tenants’ rights issues and eviction. They will lead the creation of an eviction defense service line within MEDA to bolster the existing housing services which include rental applications, post-lottery services, homeownership counseling, and rental relief. They will help our clients analyze and understand their current situation, determine and explain what their rights are, and help them make a well-informed decision about how to protect their interests. The attorney will provide legal counsel to existing clients and be responsible for performing legal research, drafting documents, and keeping client files up to date. Issues this attorney would handle includes landlord/tenant disputes, such as those related to rental rates, late or unpaid rent, security deposits, disagreements about the habitability of rental property, and other tenant rights and landlord rights issues.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with low and moderate income clients on legal matters related to staying in their home
  • Analyze conflicts in legal matters, advise clients on solutions, and negotiate on behalf of clients
  • Create legal documents, including correspondence, briefs, motions, pleadings, contracts, affidavits, and settlement agreements for contract negotiations and proceedings
  • Collaborate with clients and senior associates and other staff to move cases toward resolution efficiently
  • Attend court hearings or other legal proceedings, perform legal research, and work with partner agencies to provide legal advice
  • Prepare correspondence and legal documents such as contracts, pleadings, briefs, affidavits, motions, and settlement agreements for contract negotiations and proceedings
  • Communicate with other staff and clients to ensure cases are handled efficiently
  • Conduct consultations, update clients on matters, communicate with court, conduct court appearances, argue motions before court, and negotiate settlements.
  • Establish and refine operating procedures and policies to ensure appropriate handling of client cases, files, and other aspects of legal service delivery.


  • Bilingual Spanish and English required.
  • Professional or lived experience working with communities of color required.
  • 2-3 years of professional experience as an attorney.
  • Member in good standing and actively involved with the California bar.
  • Completion of a Juris Doctor (J.D. degree) from an accredited law school.
  • Solid communication skills and problem-solving skills required in order to work with clients, staff members and senior attorneys.


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