Join the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) and become part of an energetic team of advocates that provide a wide-range of legal services aimed to address issues that disproportionately impact the poor. These services include litigation, providing training and technical assistance, and community education.
NLSLA is seeking a staff attorney for the Disaster Assistance Project to develop and implement strategic solutions to large-scale disaster related legal issues. The ideal candidate will be a skillful attorney who can excel in a fast-paced, dynamic anti-poverty law practice and is capable of fiercely advocating on behalf of NLSLA clients in multiple forums. The candidate must have a demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest law and prior experience serving low-income individuals and client groups, with a sensitivity to those in crisis. The ideal candidate will have two or more years of experience with mobile home law, FEMA or other disaster benefits, and/or experience with addressing legal issues that lead to large-scale systemic change. This experience in policy advocacy will be very helpful. The candidate will also possess strong research and organizational skills; the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing; and well developed analytical skills. Of critical importance is that the candidate be self-motivated with the ability to work independently. Bilingual proficiency in Spanish is preferred.
Staff Attorney: Temporary (Job duration: 2 years)
Availability is Immediate.
Starting salary $60,000 – Salary commensurate with experience. NLSLA offers a choice of medical plans and a choice of dental plans, life and disability insurance, 125 plan, 403(b) savings plans, sick, vacation and 13 employer-paid holidays and bilingual supplemental.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Advocate regarding large-scale strategic issues impacting natural disaster survivors including issues relating to FEMA benefits, employment and mobile home parks
- Represent survivors of natural disasters in administrative hearings and court cases
- Conduct intakes
- Develop trainings for advocates
NLSLA is one of Los Angeles County's leading public interest law offices and has been the primary legal aid program serving the cities of Burbank and Glendale and the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys for more than 50 years and the city of Pasadena and San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys since 2000. The NLSLA staff of 135+, including 55+ lawyers, provides legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and groups in the areas of family law and domestic violence, housing, health care, education, public benefits, economic and job development, immigrant rights, consumer rights and environmental justice. The NLSLA headquarters is located in Glendale, CA with branch offices in Pacoima, and El Monte.
Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation and public policy advocacy, NLSLA combats the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity and justice in Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods. Founded in response to the nation’s War on Poverty, each year NLSLA provides free assistance to more than 100,000 individuals and families through innovative projects that address the most critical needs of impoverished communities.
NLSLA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at NLSLA are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by federal and CA state laws. NLSLA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
- Licensed and eligible to practice law in California
- Experience in mobile home, housing, employment, FEMA/SBA, or consumer issues
- Desire to address systemic issues and develop general knowledge of poverty law.
Forward resume and cover letter to (no phone calls):
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to:
Elizabeth Brown, Director of Human Resources
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
1102 E. Chevy Chase Drive
Glendale, CA 91205
Fax: (818) 291-1790 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org