Staff Attorney (Housing)
Join the 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 litigation, providing training and technical assistance, and community education.
NLSLA is seeking a Staff Attorney for its Pacoima or El Monte office. 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 with have the ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Bilingual proficiency in a language commonly spoken in our client communities strongly preferred.
Position: Staff Attorney - Housing
Availability: Availability is Immediate
Salary: Salary Starting at $60,000 - Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent Benefits which include: choice of medical, dental, vision; life and disability insurance plans; 125 plan; 403(b) with employer contribution, loan reimbursement, bilingual pay supplement, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays.
Duties and Responsibilities: The Staff Attorney is expected to focus on housing advocacy including: pursue all aspects of housing civil litigation and administrative hearing representation; maintain expertise on a range of housing issues affecting low-income individuals; provide outreach and education to tenant and community groups; and assist with some training and support of housing hotline staff. Advocacy may include participation in high-impact projects/litigation involving systemic or policy issues affecting low-income individuals and families as needed, depending upon skills to be acquired, client needs and NLS program priorities. Travel between NLSLA program offices and Courthouses throughout LA County will be required.
About NLSLA: 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 65 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.
Qualifications: California Bar membership is required. Entry level attorney (1-5 years’ experience) who is 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. Background in housing law, including unlawful detainer litigation and subsidized housing programs, and experience working with low-income client groups strongly preferred. Bilingual skills in a language commonly spoken in our client communities strongly preferred.
To apply: Forward resume, cover letter and writing sample to (no phone calls):
Elizabeth Brown, Director of Human Resources
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
1102 E. Chevy Chase Drive Glendale, CA 91205 F
ax: (818) 291-1790
NLS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities, females, People with disabilities and veterans.