Managing Attorney (Asian & Pacific Islander Community Outreach Program)
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 State Bar of California;
- Extensive ties to the Asian & Pacific Islander community;
- Demonstrated knowledge of poverty law and community legal needs, preferably in the areas of immigration, family law, housing, or government benefits;
- Knowledge of principles of administration and supervision;
- 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; and
- Bilingual in an Asian language preferred.
- Ensures that those in the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) community, who are eligible, have full and meaningful access to LAFLA's services;
- Supervises API project staff, law students and volunteers;
- Organizes and coordinates community education and outreach activities to the Asian & Pacific Islander community;
- Identifies significant legal needs and issues in the Asian & Pacific Islander community and develops plans, including litigation and policy advocacy, to address those needs and issues;
- Identifies barriers that have precluded significant numbers in the Asian & Pacific Islander community from accessing legal services and develops plans to eliminate or minimize such barriers;
- Seeks funding opportunities in coordination with the Grants & Contracts Manager and Director of Litigation & Policy;
- In coordination with the Pro Bono Director, recruits, trains, and supervises volunteer attorneys, law students, and other community members;
- Provides legal assistance, representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income clients, primarily in the areas of immigration, family law, housing, and government benefits.
HOW TO APPLY -Please submit a cover letter and resume online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Managing Attorney - API” 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.