Attorney- Restoring Communities (Project ImPACT)
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
Project imPACT’s legal services focus on removing barriers to employment such as expungements so people can have access to better work and housing opportunities. To combat racial injustice of the criminal justice system and lingering impacts of a conviction, Project imPACT utilizes a holistic approach of legal services in partnership with other service providers that include employment placement specialist and behavioral therapist.
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Attorney.
NOTE –All positions are subject to funding; ongoing funding or employment cannot be assured.
*Assigned location is subject to change during course of employment.Examples of Duties:
- Interview and counsel clients on various legal issues;
- Work collaboratively with case managers to provide holistic services;
- Represent individuals in hearings on various legal issues;
- Assist clients with government benefits applications and appeals;
- Remove legal barriers to employment such as expungement of criminal records and reinstating driving
- Advocate for employment-related benefits for low-income workers wrongfully denied;
- Participate in clinics and other community outreach projects;
- Learn various legal areas to remove clients’ legal barriers to housing and benefits; and
- Other duties as assigned
- Active membership in the California State Bar;
- Prefer experience working in diverse poverty law issues;
- Some knowledge of barriers to employment (criminal record expungements, drivers license reinstatement, ) law is preferred;
- Ability to work effectively with a large caseload and function professionally within a highly stressful environment;
- Demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of low-income and homeless individuals and to advocating for racial justice;
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team including other attorneys, support staff, volunteers, and students;
- Ability to work effectively with staff members from partner agencies and other community based organizations;
- Excellent writing and public speaking skills; and
- Willingness to work beyond a minimum 7.0 hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events, and workweeks in excess of 35 hours when caseload or other obligations so necessitate
Please submit a cover letter and resume online to email@example.com. Include “Attorney-Project imPACT” in the subject line.
INTRODUCTORY PERIOD – A one-year introductory 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.
VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
LAFLA requires all staff, including new hires, to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with the exception of staff who are entitled to a reasonable accommodation due to a medical disability or sincerely held religious belief under the law, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. Staff will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated upon hire.