Attorney – Renters Small Claims Project
Are you interested in joining an organization dedicated to increasing access to justice while addressing systemic inequities among the most vulnerable members of the Greater Los Angeles area? If yes, LAFLA is the place for you!
The Organization: LAFLA is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved—leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system. With more than 90 years of service, LAFLA is the first and most experienced legal aid organization in Greater Los Angeles. LAFLA has more than 170 employees, including more than 80 attorneys, who provide free services and resources on a broad range of civil legal issues that impact healthy, safety, and self-sufficiency. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people find their voice, regain control of their lives, and build a brighter future. Our unique combination of neighborhood offices, self-help centers at courthouses, and domestic violence clinics puts LAFLA on the frontlines in communities at the forefront of change. LAFLA also engages in impact litigation to help enact long-term systemic change—actively collaborating with a network of public and private partners to expand access to justice, identify needs in the communities we serve, and change laws and policies that adversely affect the underserved. For more information, please visit www.lafla.org
The Project: Renters Small Claims Project: This is a new project meant to address an unmet need Los Angeles renters have regarding both small claims defense to landlord unpaid rent claims created by AB 3088, and renters’ small claims suits for unreturned security deposits, habitability issues and other unlawful landlord practices.
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Attorney.
NOTE – This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond December 31, 2023.
- Active membership in the California State Bar;
- Knowledge of housing law and/or small claims process preferred;
- Experience creating and implementing new programs;
- Experience running workshops and legal clinics;
- Demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of low-income persons;
- Demonstrated ability to function professionally and effectively within a highly stressful environment;
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team;
- Ability to work effectively with pro bono attorneys, law students and other volunteers;
- Excellent writing and public speaking skills; and
- Willingness to work beyond a minimum 0 hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events, and workweeks in excess of 35 hours when caseload or other obligations so necessitate.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Create educational materials for small claims workshops and website;
- Conduct workshops and clinics, online and in-person (when safe to do so);
- Provide direct pro per services to renters, including drafting briefs, analyzing claims or defenses, and preparing renters for small claims cases.
- Work closely with pro bono department and supervise pro bono attorneys, students and other volunteers;
- Coordinate statewide with other legal service programs doing similar work;
- Potentially representing renters on small claims appeals; and
- Other duties as
BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION – LAFLA offers a diverse environment with competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries. We also offer a generous benefits package for full-time employees including medical, dental, and vision for employees and dependents, life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan. Employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend.
HOW TO APPLY – Please submit a cover letter and resume online to email@example.com. Include “Attorney-Renters Small Claims Project” in the subject line.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD – A one-year probationary period will be required.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital or registered domestic partners status, or any other legally protected status.
POSITION: Attorney-Renters Small Claims Project
SALARY: $58,800 to $72,842/ DOE with excellent benefits
AVAILABILITY: January 1, 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Continuous until position is filled.