POSITION:                                           Staff Attorney – Seniors Unit     

SUPERVISOR:                                     Supervising Attorney    

WAGE RANGE:                                  $63,000.00 to $91,866.11 DOE                              

JOB CLASSIFICATION:                     Full-Time, Exempt

LOCATION:                                         Santa Ana, Ca (Remote until February)



CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate individual who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. The Seniors Unit Staff Attorney will work as a member of the senior’s unit to assist Orange County seniors with legal issues across all CLA SoCal practice areas. This full-time, exempt Attorney position reports to the Supervising Attorney.



  • Represent elderly clients and prepare pleadings and related court documents in various court matters in addition to administrative law matters such as elder abuse restraining orders; conservatorship/guardianship hearings; and consumer/civil litigation; housing appeals and Social Security Administration appeals.
  • Propound and respond to discovery; take and defend depositions; negotiate and prepare settlement agreements.
  • Travel to multiple senior centers on a monthly basis to conduct in person intake and interviews of the client.
  • Dependent on grant, assist with grant reporting and tracking grant deliverables.
  • Represent clients, counsel and advise clients in legal matter.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).
  • Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients.
  • Engage in case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.
  • Research and write pleadings, memoranda, correspondence and other legal documents.
  • Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials.
  • Engage in policy advocacy, coordinate, and collaborate in policy campaigns with partner community-based organizations to improve systemic issues.
  • Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials.
  • Direct and supervise the legal work of paralegal and law students, interns, and volunteers.
  • Identify wrap around legal services and work collaboratively with CLA SoCal’s various legal units.
  • Work with a multi-cultural perspective of inclusion and diversity.
  • Follow all organizational and grant compliance policies and procedures
  • Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the organization.



  • Strong interest and desire to work with the elderly population in various areas of the law including but not limited to: elder abuse; consumer debt issues; housing issues, government benefits issues; and conservatorships and guardianship issues.
  • Knowledgeable in the areas of elder abuse; government benefits such as Social Security law and other needs based benefits; conservatorships; consumer law; and estate planning – Preferred.
  • Juris Doctor degree and an active member in good-standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
  • Articulate, creative, and passionate advocate with excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong personal work ethic, initiative, and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to spot legal issues and comfort with providing real-time counsel & advice
  • Strong interpersonal skill, client communication skills and comfort working with indigent clients
  • Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
  • Reliable team player.
  • Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Desire to learn as well as share knowledge with other team members.
  • Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others.
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks.
  • Proven interest in social justice issues.
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area for representation and to engage with clients and community partners – Required.
  • Prior legal services advocacy experience – Preferred
  • Bilingual proficiency – Preferred


What We Offer

Our staff members work a 35-hour week and we offer a flexible and remote work schedule. We also offer an outstanding benefit package which includes medical/dental/vision, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

Working Conditions

The position requires working with individuals during moments of extreme stress and instability. The position also requires the provision of culturally-sensitive and empathetic services. Due to the COVID pandemic, our office is largely working remotely. Exceptions include mandatory court appearances, required client meetings and hearings and some administrative staff.  This position is only temporarily remote, except for such mandatory appearances. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment before date of hire.


About Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a diverse non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the legal needs of low-income residents and seniors throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties. We focus on removing barriers to equitable access and provide compassionate, high-quality legal aid. Employees are offered professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit



Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

Staff Attorney, Seniors Unit
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