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Staff Attorney (Stay Housed LA Program)

Description: 

NLSLA provides free assistance to more than 160,000 individuals and families a year through innovative projects that expand access to justice and address the most critical needs of people living in poverty throughout Los Angeles.  We are a community of people who see the law as a powerful tool to fight for individual rights and social change. Our work aims to unravel entrenched disparities that have resulted from longstanding injustice, systemic racism, and institutionalized inequality.  

As such, we know that a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences enhance our vision. This value is embodied within the diversity of our community offerings and among the colleagues that help enliven our culture. Cultivating an inclusive work environment that values a range of talent and ideas is a top priority for us. We enthusiastically encourage candidates of all backgrounds and abilities to apply.  

ABOUT THIS POSITION: 

NLSLA is currently seeking a licensed attorney to join our eviction defense team, which is tasked with addressing the housing crisis in Los Angeles through the implementation of a county-wide right to counsel program.  The attorney will defend tenants against eviction in cases filed in the Stanley Mosk, Chatsworth, Van Nuys, Pasadena, and West Covina courthouses.  The attorney will work directly with clients and engage in all stages of litigation, including pleadings, discovery, motions, hearings, settlement, administrative hearings, and trial. 

In this role, you would report to the Associate Supervising Attorney and a career path may result in future opportunities as a Senior Attorney. This position is exempt. 

THIS POSITION MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOU IF:  

  • YOU THRIVE IN A FAST-PACED ENVIRONMENT and excel at moving through tasks and problem solving independently. 

  • YOU DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and can maintain a positive attitude and goal-oriented focus in an ever-changing and sometimes ambiguous environment. 

  • YOU KNOW THAT INTEGRITY MATTERS and exhibit a strong adherence to ethical standards including, but not limited to, the ability to maintain confidentiality and fiduciary responsibility. 

  • YOU HAVE STRONG INSTINCTS and can seamlessly self-direct your workload with minimal supervision. 

  • YOU ARE A GIFTED COLLABORATOR and enjoy working in a high-volume team environment. 

  • YOU ARE A GOOD COMMUNICATOR that knows when to ask for help, how to contribute to the team, and how to receive feedback and apply it to your work performance. 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO DO IN THIS ROLE: 

  • Provide counsel and advice on a variety of housing matters and represent tenants in administrative hearings with local housing authorities and through trial in unlawful detainer proceedings. 

  • Manage a varied caseload. 

  • Operate weekly “know your rights” clinics for tenants. 

  • Prepare educational materials. 

  • Participate in community events. 

  • Collaborate with pro bono partners. 

  • Work with student volunteers and pro bono volunteers. 

 

Requirements: 

HOW YOU CAN STAND OUT: 

For this role, the ideal candidate has  

  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish. 

  • Worked in a legal aid law firm.  

WHAT YOU’LL NEED ON DAY ONE: 

  • A JD from an accredited law school and active California State Bar license. 

  • Excellent writing, speaking and organizational skills.  

  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, business communication platforms, and web-based case management platforms. 

  • Passion about public service work. 

  • Passion for NLSLA mission and demonstrated commitment to advocating for the legal rights of low-income individuals.   

  • Passion, empathy, and compassion for supporting people from different lived experiences. 

WHAT WE OFFER: 

The salary range for this position is $76,000-$84,000. 

Benefits include: 

  • 35-hour workweek with a hybrid schedule. 

  • 15 paid holidays per year 

  • 2 to 5 weeks of vacation per year depending on seniority. 

  • 12 days of sick leave per year. 

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance; life and AD&D insurance; FSA; and EAP. 

  • A 403(b)-retirement plan with employer contributions. 

  • Monthly bilingual supplement. 

  • Lawyer student loan reimbursement assistance program. 

 

To Apply: 

Please click here to apply.  Please provide a cover letter, resume, and writing sample on the application.  

Information

Submission Deadline: 
March 21, 2024
Organization Information: 
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
United States