Managing Attorney (Housing and Communities Workgroup)
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 Managing 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. LAFLA enters its 90th year working to level the playing field and ensure 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;
- Minimum eight (8) years’ experience in litigation and policy work, especially on matters of public interest affecting low-income individuals;
- Demonstrated knowledge of applicable law and community legal needs;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to handle and supervise the legal work of others both with respect to direct services, policy advocacy and complex litigation;
- Knowledge of principles of administration and supervision;
- Previous experience in a legal services program preferred;
- Ability to work cooperatively with staff effectively at all levels of the Foundation;
- Good people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population; and
- Knowledge and adherence to community lawyering principles.
- Manage the workload of approximately seven attorneys in the Housing and Communities Workgroup in the areas of housing, community economic development, and civil rights;
- Works with the Director of Litigation & Policy to ensure the Foundation’s mission is being fulfilled and reflected in an annual work plan setting goals for the work group;
- Maintain an active caseload which consist of state and federal trial and appellate work as appropriate;
- Conduct annual performance evaluations of all staff assigned and implements performance standards;
- In conjunction with the development department participates in resource development, including management of grants, as necessary, identifying and pursuing grants and other funding;
- Supervise the maintenance of proper case files, time records and ensure regulatory compliance on cases reported to funders;
- Ensures smooth operation of the South Central office;
- Works with other Managing Attorneys to meet the overall goals of the Foundation;
- Liaison with the client community;
- Encourage advocacy staff to develop specialized knowledge in more than one substantive area of poverty law and to act as a resource for other staff; and
- Conduct case review meetings to ensure that legal services provided are consistent with LAFLA’s priorities, policies and procedures, and that they maximize office resources to provide the highest quality client service.
HOW TO APPLY -Please submit a cover letter and resume online to email@example.com. Include “Managing Attorney – Housing and Communities” 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.