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Staff Attorney

POSITION: Staff Attorney

LOCATION: Phoenix, Tucson, or Flagstaff

START: Negotiable

DEADLINE: Open until filled

REPORTS TO: ACDL Managing Attorney, Deputy Legal Director and Legal Director


The Staff Attorney will provide direct legal services, including representation in negotiations, administrative hearings, and litigation; develop self-advocacy materials in multi-media formats, and provide legal rights training and information to educate people with disabilities about their rights. The Staff Attorney will also be responsible for working on a team to monitor state and private facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, Intermediate Care Facilities, community facilities for individuals with disabilities, board and care homes, homeless shelters, jails, and prisons for abuse, neglect, and compliance with federal and state laws protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.

ACDL seeks a Staff Attorney to develop and pursue system reform cases designed to expand community living opportunities, improve service systems and supports, promote equal access, redefine standards of care for persons with disabilities and enforce and expand civil rights protections for people with disabilities.

Essential Functions

1. Provides direct legal services to clients, including legal consultations and representation during negotiations, alternative dispute resolution procedures, administrative proceedings, and litigation within established service and priority areas.

2. Responds to requests for assistance, interviews potential clients, and provides legal advice and information.

3. Develops and pursues systemic issues through various means, such as class administrative complaints, amicus briefs, collaborative advocacy letters, complex litigation.

4. Consults with experts, such as physicians, psychologists, therapists, educators, and others for representation in administrative proceedings, litigation, and other advocacy on behalf of individuals and groups of individuals with disabilities.

5. Conducts virtual and in-person trainings and outreach activities.

6. Monitors state and private facilities and service providers for abuse, neglect, and rights violations consistent with ACDL’s access authority related to monitoring facilities.

7. Attends required virtual and in-person meetings, including staff meetings, in-service, consumer advisory council, and other pertinent meetings as required.

8. Participates in case reviews with the Legal Director or Deputy Legal Director and maintains case files in accordance with ACDL’s file management policy.

9. Contributes to the development of written material including multi-media training materials, such as guides, blogs, vlogs, and podcasts, required reports, and articles for newsletters or other publications.

10. Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of ACDL’s service goals and objectives.

11. Completes administrative requirements and necessary documentation required by ACDL.

Required Qualifications

1. JD required
2. Must be licensed to practice law in Arizona (active, in good standing)
3. Must have at least three years of experience in civil litigation in federal or state court and/or before state or federal administrative agencies.
4. The attorney should be familiar with disability services and systems.
5. Excellent research, writing, and analytic skills.
6. The ability to work as a team, as well as take direction and independently follow through on all instructions.
7. High level of commitment to service excellence, plus high degrees of integrity, ethics, and judgment.
8. Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building, and collaboration skills to be able to work effectively with others inside and outside of the organization.

Preferred Skills

1. Three years of experience in civil litigation in federal or state court and/or before state or federal administrative agencies.
2. Demonstrated interest and commitment to civil rights or public interest law.
3. Working knowledge and understanding of relevant disability and civil rights laws, including federal statutes (Americans with Disabilities Act, § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Medicaid), and state laws.
4. Knowledge of Arizona healthcare and mental healthcare systems.
5. Experience in development and litigation of complex and systemic cases is highly desirable, including designing and implementing remedial orders in system reform litigation.
6. Experience working with individuals with disabilities.
7. Knowledge of the Protection & Advocacy system.

Working Conditions

The Staff Attorney usually performs work in an office and virtual environment, but the mission of the organization and employment duties may sometimes take a Staff Attorney to non-standard workplaces, such as health facilities and prisons. ACDL does have a telework policy.

COVID-19 Notice: ACDL is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for our employees and the people we serve. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ACDL staff are working remotely and our offices are currently closed to the public. Travel and in-person meetings have been significantly limited. As a result, candidates for this position will be interviewed telephonically or via videoconferencing.


ACDL offers a competitive salary and benefits package based on experience and is competitive with other public interest law firms. Employment benefits include generous leave, health, dental, life insurance, loan repayment program, and a 401(k) retirement plan. ACDL observes all federal holidays.


The purpose of this position description is to serve as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive. Management reserves the right to modify or rescind this position description at any time, with or without prior notice. ACDL values diversity and strongly encourages and welcomes people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to apply. ACDL has a reasonable accommodation policy and provides reasonable accommodations based on disability and religious needs. EOE. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application process, please contact Natalie Luna Rose at

Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to J.J. Rico, CEO, at or ACDL, 177 North Church Avenue, Suite 800, Tucson, Arizona 85701.
Salary Range
$55,000.00 - 112,000.00
per Year
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Phoenix, AZ 85034, US