Managing Attorney – Self-Help Centers
Position: Managing Attorney – Self-Help Centers
Location: Long Beach Self-Help Center
Salary: DOE with excellent benefits
Application Deadline: Continuous until position is filled
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 Managing 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.
The Organization: LAFLA (www.LAFLA.org) 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. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people in civil legal matters by providing direct legal representation and other legal assistance for low-income people across the Greater Los Angeles region. 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 has over 100 employees with over 70 attorneys. LAFLA operates five neighborhood offices and several off-site locations. For more information, please visit www.lafla.org.
The Self-Help Legal Access Centers are court-based walk-in clinics created to help people represent themselves. The Centers offer workshops, legal forms and how to guides, reviews of legal forms and pleadings and general information to self-represented ligitants. The Centers do not provide individual legal advice or representation. Instead, staff educate litigants about the judicial process and assist litigants in completing legal forms. LAFLA operates four centers in Long Beach, Torrence, Inglewood and Santa Monica. Each center is staffed by attorneys, paralegals and volunteers.
Active membership in the California State Bar;
Minimum (5) years experience in the practice of law, including demonstrated experience and competence in advocacy, civil litigation and other lawyering skills;
Demonstrated practical experience with court forms and filing procedures;
Demonstrated knowledge of landlord tenant and/or family law required;
Ability to deal with the public tactfully and effectively;
Excellent organizational and cross-cultural communication skills;
Demonstrated ability to supervise and marshal staff located in multiple locations;
Ability to work cooperatively and partner with court judicial officers and administration, local bar associations, law schools, law libraries and other legal services program;
Ability to travel to the four Self-Help Centers located in Los Angeles County; and
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
Supervise attorneys and other staff members to ensure the Centers remain a national model for service delivery;
Ensure adequate staffing coverage for the four Self-Help Centers to allow them to serve self-represented litigants;
Participation on court and statewide committees that deal with self-help delivery models;
Organize and implement educational and form completion workshops for self-represented persons in cases involving landlord tenant law, family law and civil restraining orders;
Coordinate the drafting and updating of self-help materials to ensure accuracy and clarity;
Work closely and in coordination with court personnel, JusticeCorps staff, community partners, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, and staff of other Self-Help Centers;
In conjunction with the LAFLA Pro Bono Director recruit, train and supervise volunteer attorneys, law students, JusticeCorps students, and community volunteers;
Assist LAFLA’s Development staff with grant writing and reports;
Responsible for ensuring that the Centers meet their grant deliverables and goals; and
Developing efficient systems and protocols and ensuring that these policies are implemented consistently throughout all the Self-Help Centers.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume online to email@example.com. Include “Managing Attorney – Self-Help” 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.