Spring Law Clerk (Eviction Defense Center)
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 200 employees, including more than 90 attorneys, who provide free services and resources on a broad range of civil legal issues that impact health, 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 Eviction Defense Center, created in 1983, is the first large-scale eviction defense program. Right to Counsel is a new project that brings much-needed eviction defense resources to tenants in Los Angeles County communities through the program Stay Housed Los Angeles, in coordination with other legal service providers and tenant organizers. The EDC team fights to preserve, defend, and protect tenancies, and advocates for a Right to Counsel for all tenants.
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Spring Law Clerks. The estimated time commitment is 10-12 weekly hours and will be paid at $18 an hour for a maximum stipend of $2,000 per semester. The position will run from the Spring Semester of 2023. Specifically, the Law Clerks will be expected to work at least 10 weeks. This position will focus on supporting legal clinics and workshops in collaboration with the Stay Housed Los Angeles program. Attorney training and supervision in eviction/housing matters to be provided for the Law Clerks at the various scheduled opportunities.
NOTE: This position will start in January 2023. The Law Clerk position is a part of a special program created using designated educational stipend funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond the 2023 spring semester.
- Current law students, law grads studying for the bar exam, or law grads awaiting bar results
- Understanding of and commitment to housing and social justice;
- Knowledge of landlord-tenant law preferred;
- Experience in providing assistance to low-income or homeless individuals, including interviewing;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently; and
- Ability to work collaboratively with all LAFLA staff, clients, and community organizations.
- Bilingual language ability preferred
- Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by start date.
- Participate in remote and/or in-person legal clinics as well as other community outreach and education projects;
- Conduct client intake;
- Interview and counsel clients on various legal issues, under attorney supervision;
- Research legal issues and prepare clinic resources and materials;
- Draft pleadings such as unlawful detainer answers, under attorney supervision; and
- Performs other duties as assigned
Please submit a cover letter and resume online to email@example.com. Include “Spring Law Clerk – EDC” in the subject line.
VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS – LAFLA requires all staff, including new hires, to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., at least 2 weeks after last dose) and have received at least one COVID-19 booster shot. If hired, all employees must present proof of vaccination by their start date.
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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. Eligible employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend.