Staff Attorney (Employment Law)
Join Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) and become part of an energetic team of advocates that provides a wide-range of legal services aimed to address issues that disproportionately impact the poor. These services include direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, providing training and technical assistance, and community outreach and education via clinics and other workshops.
NLSLA is seeking an Employment Attorney. 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 must 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 and have the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Travel within LA County required.
Position:Staff Attorney – Employment Law
Availability:Availability is Immediate
Starting salary $63,000- Salary commensurate with experience. NLSLA offers a choice of medical plans, and a choice of dental plans, life and disability insurance, Section 125 plan, 403(b) with employer contribution, sick, vacation and 13 paid holidays and bilingual differential.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Staff Attorney is expected to maintain expertise on a range of employment issues. Initially this position will focus on unemployment benefits provided to workers under the Coronavirus Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and wage claims (theft). This position will focus on holistic community-based legal services to low-income workers. The attorney will represent clients in litigation and administrative hearings, and will oversee unemployment benefits and wage theft community clinics, some of which will be held during non-traditional business hours. The attorney will also supervise and train volunteer attorneys, legal assistant(s), interns, and non-attorney volunteers when needed, and will work in close coordination with other NLSLA attorneys and community-based organizations. Responsibilities also include keeping records as needed for purposes of measuring outcomes and grant reporting. Advocacy may include participation in high-impact projects/litigation involving systemic or policy issues affecting low-income wage workers.
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 2001. The NLSLA staff of 135+, including 55 lawyers, provides legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and groups in the areas of housing, family law and domestic violence, health care, education, public benefits, economic, re-entry and job development, immigrant rights and consumer rights. The NLSLA headquarters is located in Glendale, CA with branch offices in Pacoima, Boyle Heights and El Monte.
California Bar membership is required with at least 2years’ experience. Candidate must be highly motivated and passionate about public service work, with sensitivity to those in crisis. Excellent writing, speaking and organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively with clients, community organizations, attorneys, the judiciary and the public. Experience working with low-income client groups strongly preferred. Bilingual ability in Spanish or Chinese strongly preferred.
Forward resume, cover letter and writing sample to (no phone calls):
Elizabeth Brown, Director of Human ResourcesNeighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
1102 E. Chevy Chase Drive
Glendale, CA 91205
Fax: (818) 291-1790 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.