Attorney Fellowship (Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps)
The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is the frontline law firm for low-income people in Los Angeles and is currently accepting applications for the position of Attorney. LAFLA seeks to achieve equal justice for poor and low-income people in greater Los Angeles. We change lives through direct representation, systems change, and community education.
The Organization: LAFLA (www.LAFLA.org) 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. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people in civil legal matters by providing direct legal representation and other legal assistance for low-income people across the Greater Los Angeles region. 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 has over 100 employees with over 70 attorneys. LAFLA operates five neighborhood offices and several off-site locations. For more information, please visit www.lafla.org
The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to victims of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant victims of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical assistance providers.
This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.
LAFLA will host fellows for about 18 months as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship should begin on or about December 17, 2018 and end May/June 2020. The fellow will be supervised by LAFLA and based at the Ron Olson Justice Center, 1550 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
- Licensed to practice law in California;
- A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist indigent clients;
- Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
- An ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors;
- An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors;
- Ability to begin the fellowship by on or about December 17, 2018 and serve until June 2020;
- Prior legal experience in crime victims' rights enforcement and victim service preferred;
- Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus; and
- Bilingual in an Asian language strongly preferred.
Examples of Duties:
- Provide direct legal services to human trafficking survivors and crime survivors affected by fraud and/or identity theft, campus sexual assault, hate crimes, immigrant victims with meritorious immigration relief to address the range of civil legal issues that arise from the victimization;
- Provide crime victims' rights enforcement;
- Conduct outreach and education activities, provide referrals, and leverage pro bono resources;
- Contribute to programmatic reporting required under the federal award;
- Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows; and
- Actively participate in mandatory in-person training programs including a learning event at the end of the Fellowship, an annual three-day Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in October/November 2019 in Washington, DC, and training calls with the National Crime Victim Law Institute.
HOW TO APPLY - Please submit a cover letter and resume online to email@example.com. Include “Attorney Fellowship-Equal Justice Works” in the subject line.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - LAFLA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis 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.