ATTORNEY- Housing and Communities Workgroup

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1550 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Street address: 
1550 West 8th Street
City: 
Los Angeles
State: 
California
ZIP: 
90017
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is the frontline law firm for low-income people in Los Angeles and is currently accepting applications for the position of Attorney. LAFLA seeks to achieve equal justice for poor and low-income people in greater Los Angeles. We change lives through direct representation, systems change, and community education. This position offers an attorney with experience practicing in housing, civil rights or offering transactional legal support to non-profit organization, to engage in community lawyering using place-based strategies to help address the root causes of poverty.

The Organization: LAFLA (www.LAFLA.org) consists of approximately 120 employees, including 65 attorneys. The program has an annual operating budget of more than 14 million, and operates five neighborhood offices, four self-help legal access centers and three courthouse-based domestic violence/family law clinics.

Requirements: 

The Housing and Communities Workgroup LAFLA’s Housing and Communities Workgroup consists of cross-substantive areas presently including housing, civil rights and community economic development (providing capacity-building support to community-based organizations). We often coordinate our advocacy with other legal services programs, non-profits, and community-based organizations to help our clients gain the best results both through a model of integrated advocacy using direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, community engagement as well transactional legal assistance to meet client needs. Each attorney is expected to maintain an appropriate case load of various direct services, impact cases, as well as policy matters consistent with LSC regulations.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Active membership in the California State Bar;
• Four to seven years experience as an attorney, though applications from a range of experienced attorneys will be considered;
• Litigation experience in Superior and Federal Courts;
• Demonstrated knowledge of at least one of four key substantive areas: housing, civil rights, community economic development or environmental justice matters;
• Excellent written and verbal communication;
• Experience with diverse client population;
• Experience handling a variety of legal matters impacting poor and low income populations;
• Willingness to work beyond a minimum 7.0 hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events, and workweeks commonly in excess of 35 hours;
• Public policy advocacy and/or community lawyering experience is considered a plus.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Under the supervision of the Managing Attorney, the staff attorney will:
• Maintain an appropriate caseload according to year of practice that includes complex advocacy and direct services;
• Develop case strategies and work plans for matters assigned;
• Draft pleadings, legal documents, trial memoranda, appellate briefs and community education materials;
• Actively participate in community groups and coalitions on issues impacting service-eligible populations;
• Investigate, develop and litigate high-impact cases at the trial and appellate level in federal and state courts;
• Negotiate case settlements, when appropriate;
• Work on public policy issues impacting low income individuals and communities;
• Understand and ensure compliance with applicable program regulations and funding requirements.

To apply: 

HOW TO APPLY - Please submit a resume to Diane Talamantez, Human Resources, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1550 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, 90012; [email protected]; (323)801-7945 via fax.

Notes: 
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.
Salary range: 
$50,731 to $72,560/annual DOE, excellent benefits
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017