Paralegal (Medical Legal Partnership – MLP)
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 175 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 Medical – Legal Partnership Workgroup aims to change the delivery of health care by providing free legal services to patients so that they can reach their optimal health. This integration of direct legal services into patient care results in greater access for vulnerable individuals in reaching life-changing justice.
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 December 31, 2022.
· A four (4) year degree or Paralegal Certificate;
· One (1) year relevant work experience preferred;
· Ability to work effectively with hospital personnel, staff, volunteers, students, attorneys, and community members;
· Experience in providing assistance to the poverty population, including experience in interviewing clients;
· Knowledge of various areas of law such as housing, immigration law, family law and/or government benefits;
· Self-motivated, takes initiative, ability to learn quickly;
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
· Organized, with ability to work on high-volume caseload;
· Comfortable with case management systems and other technology;
· Ability to travel to clinic location(s); and
· Bilingual in Spanish preferred.Examples of Duties:
· Assist with client screening and intake;
· Conduct and prepare legal research, writings, and memoranda as assigned;
· Assist with developing educational materials and coordinating community outreach activities;
· Perform general administrative tasks including data entry for timekeeping and case management;
· Interview and counsel clients;
· Provide limited service to clients;
· Work in conjunction with MLP attorney(s) in cases that involve housing, immigration, family, government benefits law, and/or other legal issues;
· Participate in clinics and other community outreach projects; and
· Other duties as assigned.
Please submit a cover letter and resume online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Paralegal-Medical Legal Partnership” in the subject line.
INTRODUCTORY 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.Benefits & Compensation
LAFLA offers a diverse environment with competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries. We also offer a generous benefits package for full-time employees including medical, dental, and vision for employees and dependents, life insurance, long-term disability, and long-term care insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan. Employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend.
**NOTE: LAFLA requires all staff 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. You will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated upon hire.