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 Housing and Communities Workgroup prevents unfair displacement and preserves and expands affordable housing. It also defends the rights of unhoused individuals and families, and provides legal support to community-based organizations seeking to build healthy, economically vibrant communities.`
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Managing Attorney, Housing and Communities.
The Position: The Managing Attorney shall lead a group of talented, resourceful and mission-driven attorneys and a paralegal who are dedicated to offering free legal services in low-income neighborhoods. Based out of our South Los Angeles Community office, the position offers an opportunity to lead a robust practice that includes impact litigation, policy advocacy, community economic development and direct legal representation on behalf of clients throughout our service area. With your team, you will work to form legal strategies aimed at preventing unfair displacement, preserve and expand affordable housing and defend our clients’ civil rights. If you seek to use your legal training to remove barriers to opportunity, challenge the policies and practices that contribute to homelessness, and have the skills and passion to lead a team of similarly-motivated staff, then we encourage you to apply.
- Active membership in the California State Bar;
- Minimum eight (8) years’ experience in litigation (ideally in both Superior and Federal Courts), policy work, especially on matters of public interest affecting low-income individuals;
- Demonstrated knowledge of at least one of three key substantive areas: housing, civil rights, and/or community economic development;
- Community lawyering experience is considered a plus;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to handle and supervise the legal work of others engaged in direct services, policy advocacy, transactional work and complex litigation;
- Knowledge of principles of administration and supervision;
- Experience managing and implementing grants and preparing grant reports preferred;
- Previous experience in a legal services program preferred;
- Experience with diverse client populations and a commitment to promoting anti-racism;
- Ability to work as part of a management team;
- Ability to work cooperatively with staff effectively at all levels of the Foundation; and
- Good people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Manage the workload of approximately eight attorneys and one paralegal in the Housing and Communities Workgroup in the areas of housing, community economic development, and civil rights;
- Work on impact cases, trials and appeals in state and federal courts as appropriate;
- Work with the Director of Housing Justice to ensure the Foundation’s mission, including with respect to addressing systemic racism, is being fulfilled and reflected in the workgroup’s annual work plan;
- Conduct annual performance evaluations of all workgroup staff and implement performance standards for the same;
- In conjunction with the development department, participate in resource development, including management of grants and, as necessary, identifying and pursuing grants and other funding opportunities;
- Ensure regulatory compliance on cases reported to funders;
- Work with other Managing Attorneys to meet the overall goals of the Foundation and to manage the South Los Angeles Community Office;
- Secure training opportunities for workgroup staff in relevant substantive legal areas; and
- Conduct case review meetings to ensure that legal services provided are consistent with LAFLA’s priorities, policies and procedures, and that they maximize office resources to provide the highest quality client service.
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 “Managing Attorney-Housing & Communities” 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.