Staff Attorney (PROJECT imPACT)

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT:  STAFF ATTORNEY (PROJECT imPACT)

January 2020

 

Join the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) and become part of an energetic team of advocates that provides a wide-range of legal services aimed to address issues that disproportionately impact the poor.  These services include litigation, training, and technical assistance, and community education.

 

NLSLA is seeking a Staff Attorney for Project imPACT, a new innovative city of Los Angeles program geared towards increasing opportunities for justice-involved individuals to access employment, housing, legal services and other resources through the elimination of  legal barriers resulting from prior contacts with the justice system.  The ideal candidate will be a skillful attorney who excels in a fast-paced, dynamic anti-poverty law practice and is capable of fiercely advocating on behalf of NLSLA clients in multiple forums. The candidate must have a demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest law and prior experience serving low-income individuals and client groups, with a sensitivity to those in crisis. The ideal candidate must possess strong research and organizational skills; the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing; and well-developed analytical skills.  The candidate should be self-motivated with the ability to work independently. Bilingual proficiency in Spanish preferred.

 

Position:

Staff Attorney

 

 
Availability: February 1, 2020. Home office: Pacoima, CA

 

 
Compensation: Salary $60,000 + – Commensurate with experience.  Excellent Benefits which include:  choice of medical, dental, vision; life and disability insurance plans; 125 plan; 403(b) with employer contribution, loan reimbursement, bilingual pay supplement, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays.

 

 
Duties and Responsibilities: Staff Attorney will focus on a broad range of advocacy including litigation and administrative hearings in substantive legal issues across multiple practice areas affecting justice involved individuals and their families.  Practice areas will include: family law, housing, clearing criminal records, termination of professional licenses and appeals, public benefits, consumer, employment, immigration, and representation in other matters, as appropriate.

 

Staff Attorneys are also expected to conduct trainings for community partners and provide technical support and assistance to Project imPACT partners as needed, both informally and through attendance at regular case management meetings; Provide outreach and education to community groups; and assist with training and mentorship of paralegal staff and law student volunteers.  Assignments will depend upon NLSLA Program priorities. Travel to other NLSLA branch offices, courts, government agencies, shelters and community-based organizations throughout Los Angeles County is expected.

 

Minimum Qualifications: Must be licensed and eligible to practice law in California with three or more years of experience in public interest law as well as experience working with low-income organizations and client groups.  Bilingual proficiency in Spanish is preferred.

 

 
About NLSLA: NLSLA is one of Los Angeles County’s leading public interest law offices and has been the primary legal aid program serving the cities of Burbank and Glendale and the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys for more than 55 years and the city of Pasadena and San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys since 2001. The NLSLA staff of 135+, including 55 lawyers, provides legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and groups in the areas of family law and domestic violence, housing, health care, education, public benefits, economic and job development, immigrant rights, consumer rights and environmental justice.  The NLSLA headquarters is located in Glendale, CA with branch offices in Pacoima, El Monte and Boyle Heights.

 

 
To apply: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to:  
    Elizabeth Brown, Director of Human Resources

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

1102 E. Chevy Chase Drive

Glendale, CA  91205

Fax:  (818) 291-1790 E-mail: employment@nlsla.org

 

 
  NLSLA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  All employment decisions at NLSLA are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by federal and CA state laws. NLSLA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.  
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