Attorney (Supporting Families Workgroup – Torture Survivors Project, 2 available openings)
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
*NOTE – This position is part of a special program created using designated funds: there is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond September 2020.
- Active membership in the California State Bar;
- Minimum of 4-5 years’ experience preferred;
- Administrative experience in immigration matters before USCIS and EOIR;
- Experience representing clients in removal proceedings;
- Demonstrated knowledge of immigration law;
- Ability to deal with people tactfully and effectively;
- Commitment to working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts;
- Demonstrated commitment to serving immigrant communities and survivors of torture;
- Provide support to other staff on issues of subject-matter expertise;
- Reliable transportation and willingness to drive to detention centers
- 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; and
- Bilingual preferred.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Provide direct legal services to victims of torture;
- Develop appropriate outreach materials and disseminate information about rights and benefits available to victims of torture;
- Identify significant legal needs and issues for survivors of torture in the areas of immigration and develop plans, including litigation and policy to address those needs;
- Outreach to immigrant communities where survivors of torture are found;
- Conduct trainings and outreach to community based organizations and community groups;
- In conjunction with the Managing Attorney, Supervising Attorney and the Pro Bono Director, recruit, train, and supervise volunteer attorneys and law students; and
- Other duties as assigned by the Managing Attorney.
HOW TO APPLY -Please submit a cover letter and resume online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Attorney –Supporting Families Torture Survivors Project” 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.