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Staff Attorney (Santa Monica Workgroup)

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 190 employees, including more than 90 attorneys, who provide free services and resources on a broad range of civil legal issues that impact healthy, 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   The Santa Monica Workgroup: LAFLA’s Santa Monica Workgroup is a community office assisting residents in the areas of housing, public benefits, and domestic violence and family advocacy. We often coordinate our advocacy with other non-profits, community-based organizations, and local government agencies to help our clients gain the best results through a holistic model of community advocacy.   The Project: Stay Housed Los Angeles is a new project to bring much-needed eviction defense resources to tenants in Los Angeles County Communities and may be the first step towards a “Right to Counsel” for tenant eviction defense. The team will work in collaboration with other internal and external eviction defense projects as well as a multi-organizational coalition.
POSITION: STAFF ATTORNEY – Santa Monica Workgroup LOCATION: Santa Monica Community Office SALARY: $65,000-$70,981/ DOE with excellent benefits AVAILABILITY: January 17, 2022 APPLICATION DEADLINE: Continuous until position is filled.   QUALIFICATIONS: • Active membership in the California State Bar; • Knowledge of landlord-tenant, housing law, and the eviction process preferred; • Litigation experience preferred; • Demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of low-income persons; • Demonstrated ability to function professionally and effectively within a highly stressful environment; • Ability to work effectively as part of a team; • Ability to work effectively with government agencies, staff, volunteers, students, attorneys, and community members; • Willingness to work beyond a minimum 7.0 hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events, and workweeks in excess of 35 hours when caseload or other obligations so necessitate.     EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: • Litigate eviction cases in the Santa Monica location of the Los Angeles Superior Court; • Interview and counsel clients affected by housing problems in Santa Monica; • Participate in clinics and other community outreach projects for both the Santa Monica office, as well as Stay Housed; • Work on policy issues relating to eviction and/or housing; • Represent subsidized housing clients at administrative hearings and writs; and • Other duties as assigned.


To Apply: 
HOW TO APPLY -Please submit a cover letter and resume online to Include “Attorney – Santa Monica” in the subject line.   PROBATIONARY PERIOD - A one-year probationary period will be required.   AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital or registered domestic partners status, or any other legally protected status.   BENEFITS & COMPENSATION - 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. Employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend.   NOTE: LAFLA requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with the exception of staff who are entitled to a reasonable accommodation due to a medical disability or sincerely held religious belief under the law. You will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated upon hire.


Submission Deadline: 
May 31, 2022
Organization Information: 
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
1550 W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
Phone: 323-801-7945