Attorney (Supporting Families Workgroup, LA Justice Fund)
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.
- Active membership in the California State Bar;
- Fluency in Spanish;
- Administrative experience in immigration matters before USCIS and EOIR;
- Litigation experience in immigration court preferred, detention experience a plus;
- Experience filing administrative immigration applications such as U Visa, VAWA, T Visa applications; experience with VAWA Cancellation a plus.
- Manage a high volume caseload of VAWA/U Visa/T Visa removal cases for clients in detention/removal proceedings;
- Ability to work well under pressure and collaboratively;
- Ability to deal with people tactfully and effectively;
- 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. Demonstrated commitment to serving immigrant communities and survivors of violence.
- Provide direct legal services in the form of VAWA/U Visa/T Visa applications and representation in removal proceedings / to victims of domestic violence, torture and other serious crimes;
- Travel regularly to Adelanto and other local detention facilities to conduct intake and meet with clients;
- Develop appropriate intake systems, participate in regular meetings with community members;
- Outreach to immigrant communities both in detention and in the community;
- Conduct trainings and outreach to community based organizations and community groups;
- Coordinate with other assistance organizations in the area by implementing partner meetings to assure appropriate and efficient coverage of services; and
- Recruit, train, and supervise volunteer attorneys and law students.
Please submit a cover letter and resume online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Attorney-LA Justice Fund” in the subject line.
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.
*NOTE – This position is part of a special program created using designated funds; there is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond the period for which the funds are obtained.