Paralegal (Housing & Communities Workgroup)
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 150 employees, including more than 70 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 Housing and Communities Workgroup prevents unfair displacement and preserves and expands affordable housing. It also defends the rights of unhoused individuals and families, and provides legal support to community-based organizations seeking to build healthy, economically vibrant communities. LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Paralegal.
*NOTE – This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond a 12-month period.
QUALIFICATIONS: • A four (4) year degree or Paralegal Certificate; • One (1) year relevant work experience preferred; • Experience providing assistance to low-income or homeless individuals, including interviewing; • Some knowledge of litigation and/or housing law preferred; • Self-motivated, takes initiative, ability to learn quickly; • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; • Organized and detail-oriented; • Adept in the use of technology; and • Ability to be flexible in job duties.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: • Organize, review and analyze high volumes of materials in a variety of media; • Interview clients; • Assist with discovery and prepare declarations and memoranda; • Conduct research; • Work effectively as part of a team, including pro bono and staff attorneys, support staff, students and partner organizations; and • Other duties as assigned.
HOW TO APPLY - Please submit a cover letter and resume online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Paralegal-Housing & Communities” in the subject line.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD - A nine-month 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.