Attorney (Self-Help Legal Access Center)
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 health, 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
The Self-Help Centers are free walk-in clinics created to help people help themselves. We offer workshops, legal forms and information to individuals seeking legal recourse without a lawyer. The Centers do not provide individual legal advice or representation. Instead, they are resource Centers with information, legal forms and books, and staff will be available to guide an individual through the judicial process and to assist litigants in completing legal forms. The Centers are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Attorney.
*Assigned location is subject to change during course of employment.
• Active membership in the California State Bar;
• One to five years experience in the practice of law, including demonstrated experience and competence in advocacy, civil litigation and other lawyering skills;
• Knowledge of the poverty community and the issues affecting that community;
• Demonstrated knowledge of landlord tenant or family law;
• Ability to deal with people tactfully and effectively;
• Bilingual in Spanish or Asian language preferred; 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.
• Staff a court-based center providing assistance to self-represented litigants;
• Conduct workshops and provide legal information and assistance in preparing proper court forms to self-represented persons in cases involving landlord tenant law, family law and consumer law;
• Participate in and support LAFLA and other legal services task forces involved in issues affecting the working poor;
• Work closely and in coordination with court personnel, JusticeCorps staff, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, and staff of other Self-Help Centers;
• In conjunction with the LAFLA Pro Bono Director and Self-Help Managing Attorney, recruit, train and supervise volunteer attorneys, law students, JusticeCorps students, and community volunteers;
• May occasionally assist at other Self Help Centers as needed; and
• Responsible for administrative duties for the Self-Help Access Centers.
Please submit a cover letter and resume online to email@example.com. Include “Attorney-Self Help” in the subject line.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD – A one-year probationary 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.Benefits & Compensation
LAFLA offers a diverse environment with competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries. We also offer a generous benefits package for full-time employees including medical, dental, and vision for employees and dependents, life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan. Employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend.