Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law. Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 140 and seeks to have an inclusive racially diverse workplace.
Public Counsel’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project (HPLP) serves individuals who are homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless. HPLP provides pro bono representation to homeless individuals and families to stabilize their housing and secure food and other vital benefits. In addition, HPLP assists unrepresented low-income litigants in unlawful detainer actions, and helps address tickets and warrants that present barriers to an individual’s housing and stability.
In addition to our homelessness prevention and anti-displacement efforts, our recent work includes:
- Supporting local tenants in their successful efforts to obtain an Eviction Moratorium ordinance.
- Teaming up with other non-profit legal services providers, tenant organizers and community-based organizations throughout Los Angeles County to push forward the implementation of a Right to Counsel for all tenants in eviction proceedings.
- Responding to federal attempts to roll back housing subsidies and fair housing protections for immigrant families.
The Supervising Staff Attorney position is a full-time position based at Public Counsel’s 610 S. Ardmore office. The Supervising Staff Attorney will oversee Public Counsel’s general eviction defense programs. In response to the COVID-19 Crisis, various Federal, State and local funds have been dedicated to funding eviction defense efforts. Public Counsel currently participates in Stay Housed LA, a County-funded program designed to provide emergency eviction defense services as well as two State Bar funded projects also focused on eviction prevention and defense. This position will oversee a team of four or more Staff Attorneys and two or more paralegals dedicated to our expanding eviction defense services. The Supervising Attorney will also help maintain and grow relationships with funders and community partners, and manage the administrative aspects of Public Counsel’s eviction defense programs. It will involve off-site clinics, workshops and will require court appearances throughout Los Angeles County as needed. The Supervising Attorney will report to HPLP’s Directing Attorney.
The position has the following responsibilities:
- Supervision of direct services staff and casework;
- Maintaining a caseload as balanced with other supervisorial and administrative duties;
- Providing legal counsel, advice, and limited scope representation to low-income individuals regarding evictions and related housing matters;
- Acting as a resource regarding unlawful detainer cases and other housing issues for community-based organizations and partner agencies;
- Training, mentoring and supporting professional development of staff;
- Providing litigation support to staff;
- Collaborating with the Directing Attorney and team members to assist with program design, development, oversight and administration;
- Grant reporting, billing, and outcome tracking;
- Developing and maintaining relationships with internal and external partners;
- Training and providing support to pro bono volunteers;
- Coordinating and participating in community outreach, including trainings, workshops, coalition meetings and special projects as assigned;
- Other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Candidates must possess the following:
- Juris Doctor degree and a member in good standing of the California Bar;
- At least 5 years of relevant public interest law experience;
- In-Court litigation and/or eviction defense experience a plus;
- Comfort with trauma-informed legal advocacy: empathy, responsive listening, restraint from judgment, and demonstration of authentic care and concern;
- Commitments to race equity work and community lawyering, and willingness to incorporate race equity principles and community lawyering in practice;
- Ability to effectively supervise legal work in a fast-paced environment and high volume practice;
- Experience managing and motivating a team;
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to create a culture of feedback and continual improvement;
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- Excellent negotiation skills; and
- Ability to commute throughout Los Angeles County.
Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish is strongly preferred.
START DATE AND SALARY RANGE
- This position is available immediately. Supervising Staff Attorney salaries are set on a scale corresponding to number of years of practice, starting at $68,700 plus a minimum Supervisor supplement of $5,000 for full time attorneys in their fifth year of practice.
- This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. Please note that this position is contingent on ongoing funding.
- Public Counsel offers a competitive benefits package including: (1) medical, dental, and vision coverage with both HMO and PPO options, (2) the option to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account, (3) a 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and an employer contribution after a year of employment, and (4) employer-paid life insurance and disability plans.
- Public Counsel follows all emergency state and local orders arising from the current COVID-19 crisis. Though generally this position is office-based, currently all staff must work remotely from their homes. Public Counsel will assess when the physical office will reopen in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.
May 15, 2021
We value lived experiences and experiences working with our clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume. Email a cover letter, résumé, list of references and brief writing sample (in PDF format) to:
Supervising Senior Attorney – HPLP
Please include “Supervising Attorney” in subject line. No phone calls please.
Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, political affiliation, condition of physical or mental disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, in accordance with requirements of Federal and State laws.
All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.