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Staff Attorney (Shriver Housing Project)


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 Shriver Staff Attorney to represent tenants in eviction and/or post judgment proceedings.  The Staff Attorney will be an integral part of a dynamic team of advocates at four public interest law offices working on a pilot project examining the impact of legal services on individuals, the court and the community in the Unlawful Detainer system.


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. The candidate must have a demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest law.  Prior experience serving low-income individuals and client groups on housing and eviction matters, with a sensitivity to those in crisis is preferred. The ideal candidate must possess strong research and organizational skills; the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing; and well-developed analytical skills. The candidate must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently. Bilingual verbal, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish is preferred.





Staff Attorney

Work Site: Glendale Office/Stanley Mosk Courthouse



Availability is Immediate.



Salary starting at $68,000 - 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 14 employer-paid holidays.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Advocate duties include but not limited to representation of clients at all levels of a housing case such as intake, negotiations, administrative hearings, trial, and appeal; Addressing systemic issues through impact litigation in state and federal court; Working with community partners to develop resources and strategies for protecting homeowners and tenants; providing outreach and education to tenant and community groups; and assist with some training of support staff. This position may also include some work on policy issues related to housing/evictions and affirmative litigation when appropriate. Some travel to other NLSLA branch offices, courts, government agencies, shelters and community-based organizations in Los Angeles County may be required.







Must be licensed and eligible to practice law in California with one to three years of experience in housing law. 


COVID-19 vaccination is required, which is a condition of employment.  Reasonable accommodations will be considered.



About NLSLA:


Founded in 1965 as part of our nation’s War on Poverty, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) is now one of the largest and most prominent public interest law firms in California. NLSLA provides free assistance to more than 115,000 low-income residents of Los Angeles County each year. The NLSLA staff of 180, including 80 attorneys, specialize in areas of the law that disproportionately impact low-income people, including affordable housing and eviction defense, access to public benefits, support for domestic violence victims, access to healthcare, worker and consumer rights, services for justice-involved adults and youth, education rights, clean slate initiatives, and employment and training.

Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation, and public policy advocacy, NLSLA’s advocacy combats the immediate and long-parting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity and justice.  NLSLA serves all of Los Angeles County with a special emphasis on the poverty communities of the San Fernando, San Gabriel, Pomona and Antelope Valleys, as well as the central county cities of Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena. In addition, NLSLA advocates are co-located in courthouses in Van Nuys, Lancaster, Chatsworth, Pomona, Pasadena, and Downtown LA; Hospitals and health centers in Sylmar, Van Nuys, North Hollywood and El Monte; and with social services providers in the Antelope Valley.









Must be licensed and eligible to practice law in California with one to three years of experience in housing law. 


COVID-19 vaccination is required, which is a condition of employment.  Reasonable accommodations will be considered.


To Apply: 


To apply:


Forward resume and cover letter to (no phone calls):



Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Lambreni Waddell, Chief of Staff & Interim 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:



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.  NLSLA provides equal benefits to employees with spouses and its employees with domestic partners.




Submission Deadline: 
October 31, 2022
Organization Information: 
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
United States