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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
Los Angeles
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

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 Managing Attorney for the Santa Monica Office. 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.
Organization: Founded in 1929, LAFLA has approximately 123 employees. LAFLA has an operating budget of more than $16 million and operates five neighborhood offices and several off-site locations. For more information, please visit

The Santa Monica Office is a community office that offers the full array of LAFLA legal services to eligible Santa Monica residents. The City of Santa Monica partially funds this office.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Supervise attorneys and other staff members and manage the Santa Monica office and the Domestic Violence Clinic;
• Maintain an active caseload to the extent possible;
• Review all retained cases on a regular basis;
• In conjunction with the Development department participates in resource development, including management of grants, as necessary, identifying and pursuing grants and other funding;
• Supervise the maintenance of proper case files and time records;
• Assure the smooth operation of the office;
• Cooperate with other Managing Attorneys to meet the overall goals of the Foundation;
• Liaise with the City of Santa Monica, client community and community organizations;
• Implement LAFLA’s Performance Standards;
• Serve as a part of the LAFLA management team to develop/improve litigant-friendly delivery systems; effective partnerships with public officials, services providers, and the private bar;
• Coordinate intake and service delivery methods with Self Help partners, and court administrative staff;
• Encourage advocacy staff to develop specialized knowledge in more than one substantive area of poverty law and to act as a resource for other staff; and
• Ensure that legal services provided are consistent with LAFLA’s priorities, policies and procedures, and that they maximize office resources to provide the highest quality client service.


Minimum Qualifications:
• Active membership in the California State Bar;
• Minimum five (5) years’ experience in the practice of law, including broad experience in lawyering skills, including client interviewing, legal research, writing, drafting, negotiation, law and motion and discovery techniques, and trial and appellate work;
• Demonstrated knowledge of applicable law and community legal needs;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail;
• Demonstrated ability to handle direct service cases and impact cases of a complex nature;
• Previous experience with administrative dties and supervision of attorneys;
• Previous experience in a legal services program preferred;
• Previous experience working on grants preferred;
• Ability to work beyond a minimum 7.0 hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events, and work weeks commonly in excess of 35 hours;
• Ability to multi-task;
• Ability to work cooperatively with staff effectively at all levels of the Foundation; and
• Good people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.

To apply: 

Please submit a resume to Human Resources, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1550 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017 to [email protected]; or via fax to (323)801-7945.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Competitive salary based on experience, excellent benefits
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, May 31, 2018