Paralegal – Veterans Justice Center (Veterans Of Color Advocacy Project)
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 180 employees, including more than 90 attorneys, who provide free services and resources on a broad range of civil legal issues that impact healthy, 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 Position: The position will provide legal assistance to reentry individuals focusing on those who have served in fire camp. It will require working collaboratively with community-based organizations and volunteers to provide record clearing services to re- entry individuals. The position will also require supervision of volunteers in a clinic setting including in a pre-clinic phase and a post-clinic phase.
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Paralegal.
This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond October 2024.
Examples of Duties:
- Conduct client intake and prepare legal forms;
- Work in conjunction with the staff attorneys;
- Work collaboratively with and supervise volunteers in a variety of virtual and in-person clinic settings, including those at which record clearing petitions are completed;
- Create trainings for volunteers participating in all aspects of the clinic, including participants in the pre-clinic component of the program;
- Assist in coordinating logistics of virtual clinics;
- Together with other staff members, develop tracking tools to help evaluate the effectiveness of the program and assist in preparation of reports related to the same;
- Other duties as assigned.
- A four (4) year degree preferred;
- Paralegal certificate or one (1) year relevant work experience;
- Experience in providing assistance to clients with expungements and other barriers to employment;
- Experience working with veterans and reentry populations;
- Self-motivated, takes initiative, ability to learn quickly;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Organized, with ability to work on high-volume caseload; and
- Ability to be flexible in job
Please submit a cover letter and resume online to email@example.com. Include “Paralegal – VJC” in the subject line.
INTRODUCTORY PERIOD – A nine-month introductory 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.
VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
LAFLA requires all staff, including new hires, to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with the exception of staff who are entitled to a reasonable accommodation due to a medical disability or sincerely held religious belief under the law, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. Staff will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated upon hire.