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Californians for Homeownership is a non-profit organization formed by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) to increase access to housing in California for families of all income levels, though impact litigation.  The Equitable Access to Housing Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for law school graduates interested in impact litigation, housed within Californians for Homeownership.

About Californians for Homeownership

California is experiencing a housing access and affordability crisis of historic proportions, affecting families at every economic level.  Middle income families are forced to devote a large portion of their income to housing payments, leaving little money to pay for transportation, food, healthcare, and other necessities.  And low income families too often find themselves unable to afford stable housing.

At the core of California’s housing crisis is a failure of supply.  For decades, California has been building less housing than is needed to satisfy its increasing population.  Today, California ranks 49th out of the 50 states in existing housing units per capita, and estimates say that it needs to build more than 3 million housing units to meet demand.  The need is especially dire for housing affordable to lower-income families.

We hold California’s cities and counties accountable by suing to enforce housing and civil rights laws intended to increase the supply of housing and access to housing for families at all income levels.  Representative lawsuits include:

Californians for Homeownership v. City of Huntington Beach. California law requires cities to plan for the development of housing (including at various affordability levels) and to live up to those plans. The City of Huntington Beach identified a major commercial corridor for the development of a walkable community with multifamily housing and shops. But when a developer proposed a mixed-income condominium project along that corridor, the City bowed to pressure from Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) groups and rejected the project. We are suing the City under the Housing Accountability Act, which requires cities to make land use decisions based on facts, not subjective judgments.

ADU Lawsuits. To address the housing crisis, California needs to build homes quicker and at a lower cost than traditional approaches allow. Starting in 2016, the California Legislature overhauled state law to give homeowners broad rights to develop accessory dwelling units (ADUs), often called “in-law units” or “granny flats.” ADUs are a key element of California’s strategy for addressing the state’s housing crisis because they are less expensive to build and face less opposition from neighbors than traditional multifamily housing. But the elected officials of some cities have resisted these reforms. We are suing the Cities of Whittier and Coronado to enforce state ADU law.

The Equitable Access to Housing Fellowship

The Equitable Access to Housing Fellowship program allows one law school graduate each year to directly assist with the organization’s impact litigation work, with a particular focus on litigation that increases housing access for lower-income families, communities of color, and other groups that face housing discrimination.  The Fellow will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a wide range of aspects of the organization’s impact litigation work, from case selection and pre-litigation demands to drafting briefs and making court appearances (as opportunities and bar admission status allow). 

The Fellow will also develop a long-term research project during the Fellowship, which will culminate in a white paper or other research report.  The research project will inform Californians for Homeownership’s activities going forward, giving the Fellow the opportunity to make a long-term impact on the organization’s work.

The Fellowship is intended for law school graduates, including attorneys that intend to defer their start at a law firm, attorneys with 2022-2023 clerkships, and attorneys looking to start a career in public interest law.  The Fellow will be selected based on academic qualifications, work and extracurricular experience, and commitment to addressing California’s affordable housing crisis.  The Fellow is expected to sit for the bar examination in July 2021 or before (California bar examination preferred). 

This is a one-year fellowship, to run from approximately September 2021 through September 2022, with an annual salary of $65,000.  Californians for Homeownership is a 501(c)(3) organization and this position may be eligible for law school-based loan repayment or financial assistance programs. 

Interested applicants should submit a resume, unofficial law school transcript, and a statement of interest to [email protected]  The statement of interest should be 2-3 pages and should explain your interest in the position, your relevant background and experience, and how the Fellowship fits into your plans for your legal career.  Applications will be considered on a continuing basis, but priority consideration will be given to applicants who submit complete applications by April 12, 2021.


Leading the Way...™ isn't just a slogan at the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.)  As one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, C.A.R. provides members with tools to help complete transactions, information to keep them nimble in the marketplace and a strong clear voice on the government steps in Sacramento. How do we do it? We start by hiring friendly, talented people committed to working toward those common goals.

Headquartered in sunny Los Angeles, C.A.R. offers business casual wear, an on-site exercise room, a health and wellness program including lunch and learns with guest speakers, a FitBit® program, and collaborative working areas.

What else?
Medical, dental, vision, vitamin reimbursement, 401(k), 11 paid holidays, and more.

C.A.R. staff stand by a set of core values that make us the best in the business. Take a look for yourself and see what we are all about

C.A.R. and/or its subsidiaries and agents will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance

Sorry! Due to the heavy volume of resumes we receive, only candidates being considered will be contacted directly. We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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