Staff Attorney (JAAVA Project)
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 our Justice-involved Adults Antelope Valley Advocacy Project (JAAVA). The candidate will play a significant role in implementing this newly funded initiative which is designed to defend the rights of justice involved adults facing significant barriers to employment in the Antelope Valley and seek to increase economic growth and build social capital in the poverty communities of color through comprehensive policy advocacy. 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 the ability to work independently.
Position: Staff Attorney, NLSLA JAAVA Project Availability: Open Immediately. Compensation:
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, bilingual pay supplement, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays.
Duties and Responsibilities: Collaborate and coordinate with community organizer and community based organizations to develop and implement current local and state policies related to the removal of barriers to employment, including Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance and Ban the Box initiative. Perform community outreach and legal education regarding reentry legal services to community members and employers. Participate in policy and legal advocacy on reentry matters including complex litigation that targets systemic violations that disenfranchise the target population when appropriate through factual investigation, legal research, discovery, briefing, witness preparation, and oral advocacy. Provide direct legal representation on select cases that will help inform broader policy work, including but not limited to enforcement of federal and state protections on commercial criminal background checks; maintain expertise on a range of clean slate and employment issues affecting low-income and/or justice involved individuals: Advocacy may include litigation and/or policy work in substantive legal areas other than those described here as needed, depending upon skills to be acquired, client needs and NLSLA program priorities.
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, 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 130+, 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, El Monte and Boyle Heights. Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation, self- help services 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.
Minimum Qualifications: Must be licensed and eligible to practice law in California with two or more years of experience in public interest law as well as experience working with low-income organizations and client groups. Some prior practice in employment law and/or assisting indigent clients with clearing their criminal record preferred.
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume 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 NLSLA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities, females, people with disabilities and veterans.