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Job Title: Staff/Senior Attorney - Family Law (click to expand)

Position Summary: The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is currently recruiting for a passionate advocate to provide family law legal services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The position may be for a Staff Attorney or Senior Attorney based on the successful applicant’s level of experience and expertise. Either position will carry a full caseload and report to LACLJ’s Supervising Family Law Attorney. The Senior Attorney position offers additional leadership opportunities and greater autonomy in casework. This position is ideal for a passionate advocate interested in joining an agency dedicated to pursuing safety, stability and justice for survivors and immigrants.

Essential Functions: 

  • Provide legal advice and representation to survivors of domestic and sexual violence primarily in family law matters, including custody, dissolution, and restraining orders cases. Engage in all levels of legal services from advice and counsel to trial and appellate advocacy.
  • Work with Masters in Social Work (MSW) interns in the provision of holistic services to clients, including referrals for non-legal services, accompaniment and safety planning.
  • Engage in community education and outreach by conducting presentations for community members and partners as needed.
  • Ensure timely and accurate case file maintenance, including electronic records.

Additional Senior Attorney Functions:

  • Provide mentorship to staff and pro bono attorneys and co-counsel cases as needed.
  • Support LACLJ partnerships by providing technical assistance or training to other service providers and participating in networks, task forces or coalitions as needed.
  • Support management team in ensuring best practices related to case management practices and other areas of service delivery.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated passion for working with survivor and immigrant populations.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish required.
  • At least 3 years of legal experience and demonstrated knowledge of family law for staff attorney applicants; at least 7 years of legal experience with expertise in family law for senior attorney applicants.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide trauma-informed services; experience working with trauma survivors strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work independently with strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational and case management skills.
  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school and membership in good standing with the California Bar.

 Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station.
  • Incumbent will be required to concentrate on tasks while facing distractions and will be required to attend meetings.
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers, scanners and telephones is a regular part of this position.

Salaries and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Health, vision, dental and life insurance benefits provided. Opportunity to participate in employee deferred 403(b) and flex savings account. LACLJ offers a rigorous, but flexible and open work environment.

About the Organization: Founded in 1973, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) pursues safety, stability and justice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Primary areas of practice include family and immigration law. The agency implements a trauma-informed and holistic service model. Holistic services are provided through LACLJ’s Community Care Advocacy Program, which is staffed by a LCSW and a team of Masters in Social Work (MSW) interns. The agency’s mission is to fight for the rights of vulnerable families and advocate for a more just legal system.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Carmen McDonald, Supervising Attorney, via email to carmen@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Job Title: Staff/Senior Attorney-Immigration (click to expand)

Position Summary: The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is currently recruiting for a passionate advocate to provide immigration legal services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The position may be for a Staff Attorney or Senior Attorney based on the successful applicant’s level of experience and expertise. Either position will carry a full caseload and report to LACLJ’s Supervising Immigration Attorney. The Senior Attorney position offers additional leadership opportunities and greater autonomy in casework. This position is ideal for a passionate advocate interested in joining an agency dedicated to pursuing safety, stability and justice for survivors and immigrants.

Essential Functions: 

  • Represent survivors of domestic and sexual violence in their petitions for immigration relief, including, but not limited to U Visa, VAWA, T Visa, Adjustment of Status and DACA petitions; as well as at USCIS interviews and before the Los Angeles Executive Office for Immigration Review. As needed, attorneys will also represent survivors in removal proceeding and in appeals.
  • Work with Masters in Social Work (MSW) interns in the provision of holistic services to clients, including referrals for non-legal services, accompaniment and safety planning.
  • Engage in community education and outreach by conducting presentations for community members and partners as needed.
  • Ensure timely and accurate case file maintenance, including electronic records.

Additional Senior Attorney Functions:

  • Provide mentorship to staff and pro bono attorneys and co-counsel cases as needed.
  • Support LACLJ partnerships by providing technical assistance or training to other service providers and participating in networks, task forces or coalitions as needed.
  • Support management team in ensuring best practices related to case management practices and other areas of service delivery.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated passion for working with survivor and immigrant populations.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish required.
  • At least 2 years of legal experience and demonstrated knowledge of immigration law for staff attorneys applicants; at least 7 years of legal experience with expertise in immigration law for senior attorney applicants.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide trauma-informed services; experience working with trauma survivors/minors strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work independently with strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational and case management skills.
  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school and membership in good standing with the California Bar preferred, or other State Bar considered.

 Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station.
  • Incumbent will be required to concentrate on tasks while facing distractions and will be required to attend meetings.
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers, scanners and telephones is a regular part of this position.

Salaries and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Health, vision, dental and life insurance benefits provided. Opportunity to participate in employee deferred 403(b) and flex savings account. LACLJ offers a rigorous, but flexible and open work environment.

About the Organization: Founded in 1973, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) pursues safety, stability and justice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Primary areas of practice include family and immigration law. The agency implements a trauma-informed and holistic service model. Holistic services are provided through LACLJ’s Community Care Advocacy Program, which is staffed by a LCSW and a team of Masters in Social Work (MSW) interns. The agency’s mission is to fight for the rights of vulnerable families and advocate for a more just legal system.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Michelle Carey, Supervising Attorney, via email to michelle@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Job Title: Temporary Legal Assistant (click to expand)

Job Title:  Legal Assistant (Temporary)

Position Summary:  The Legal Assistant position is a full time hourly position that assists public interest attorneys with a full range of administrative support including scheduling, calendar management, case file organization, front desk/reception support and document management.

About the Organization: Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in East Los Angeles, CA. LACLJ provides holistic, trauma-informed services and empowers individuals to secure long-term solutions that result in stable families, violence-free homes, and strong communities. At LACLJ, we believe that legal education, advocacy and representation can be the difference between adversity and opportunity and that meaningful access to justice improves lives. Our mission is to fight for the rights of vulnerable families and advocate for a more just legal system and our vision is a strong community where families are safe, stable and free from injustice.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepares, organizes, and maintains physical and digital client case and eligibility files
  • Track case documents and make them available and easily accessible to attorneys and paralegals
  • Scan, copy and or process client documents
  • Fax and mail documents; coordinate document pick-ups and drop-offs with LACLJ court filing services
    • Assist with the preparation of trial binders and exhibits; assist with conference and material preparation
  • Checks voice mail, answer phones, schedule appointments and take accurate and detailed messages
  • Screens incoming calls and written correspondence and responds independently when possible
  • Greets clients and walk-ins
  • Ensures accurate and timely tracking of all messages, mail and documents
  • Translate documents from Spanish to English (and vice versa) as needed
  • Handle all other administrative duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • High school diploma with 3 years of experience providing administrative support in an office environment OR Associate’s Degree with 2 years of experience providing administrative support in an office environment OR Bachelor’s Degree with 1 year of work/volunteer experience
  • Ability to utilize advanced features of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), etc.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment (computers, fax, scanner, copier, postage machine, etc.)
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station.
  • This position requires the ability to concentrate on tasks while facing distractions.
  • Work will require the use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers and telephones.
  • The Legal Assistant will be required to attend meetings.

Salary and Benefits: The Legal Assistant is a non-exempt full time temporary position at an hourly rate of $20 per hour.  This position does not offer benefits.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to Gladys@laclj.org with “Legal Assistant (Temporary)” in the subject header. Estimated start date for the position is the first week of April.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Title: Legal Advocate/Paralegal (click to expand)

Job Title: Legal Advocate/Paralegal

Summary: Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is currently recruiting for a passionate legal advocate who will assist attorneys with legal matters and provide support to clients in survivor-based immigration cases. The Legal Advocate will prepare documents and forms under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, meet and correspond with clients, and provide administrative support to attorneys, as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct interviews and engage in fact-gathering with clients.
  • Under attorney supervision, prepare cover letters and immigration-specific forms and related supplemental documents for filing with USCIS and the Executive Office of Immigration Review.
  • Calendar deadlines and events for client matters.
  • Track deadlines for attorney actions including filings, court appearances and other deadlines.
  • Prepare client evidence for filing.
  • Communicate with clients, law enforcement, Dept. of Children and Family Services, as needed.
  • Fax, scan and mail documents as needed.
  • Perform legal research to assist attorneys, legal research, as necessary.
  • Assist the Supervising Attorney with periodic reporting requirements, etc.
  • Translate documents from Spanish to English (and vice versa), as needed.
  • Perform searches, retrieve documents and make copies of filings.
  • Ensure accurate and timely tracking of all messages, mail and documents.
  • Prepare, organize, and maintain physical and digital files for clients.

Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate degree in any subject and one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an experienced attorney, OR Associate’s Degree and Certificate of Completion of a paralegal program approved by the CA Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.
  • Strong technology and software skills including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, internet searches, etc.
  • Ability to communicate well orally and in writing.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish.
  • Familiarity with USCIS forms, especially those related to U visa, VAWA, T visa, DACA petitions.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work.
  • Experience and interest in working with low-income, immigrants, trauma-survivors, and/or other under-served, under-represented populations.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station.
  • Incumbent will be required to concentrate on tasks while facing distractions and will be required to attend meetings
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers, scanners and telephones is a regular part of this position.

Salary and Benefits: The Legal Advocate/Paralegal is a non-exempt position with an annual salary range of $35,000 to $40,000 per year depending on experience. LACLJ offers a generous benefits package, a 35-hour workweek, paid vacation and 100% employer-paid medical (Kaiser), dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance for staff and 80% coverage for dependents. Staff is provided the option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA). LACLJ is an eligible nonprofit employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

About the Organization:  Founded in 1973, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) pursues safety, stability and justice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Primary areas of practice include family and immigration law. The agency implements a trauma-informed and holistic service model. Holistic services are provided through LACLJ’s Community Care Advocacy Program, which is staffed by a LCSW and a team of Masters in Social Work (MSW) interns. The agency’s mission is to fight for the rights of vulnerable families and advocate for a more just legal system.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to michelle@laclj.org with “Legal Advocate/Paralegal” in the subject header. Estimated start date of the position is May 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Title: EJW Crime Victims Justice Corps - Human Trafficking Fellow (click to expand)

Position:  Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps – Human Trafficking Fellow.

Summary:  The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) will host a fellow focused on serving human trafficking survivors over the coming two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps. The fellowship will run from June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2020. This position is ideal for a passionate advocate interested in joining an agency dedicated to pursuing safety, stability and justice for survivors and immigrants.

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to victims of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant victims of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical assistance providers.

This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.

Essential Functions: 

  • Provide direct legal services to immigrant survivors of human trafficking to address the range of civil legal issues that arise from the victimization
  • Provide crime victims’ rights enforcement and criminal justice advocacy to immigrant survivors of human trafficking
  • Conduct outreach and education activities and leverage pro bono resources
  • Contribute to programmatic reporting required under the federal award
  • Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows
  • Actively participate in mandatory in-person training programs including two-day Crime Victims Justice Corps Victim Law Boot Camp training on June 28-29, 2018 in Washington, DC; learning event at the end of the Fellowship; annual three-day Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in October/November 2018 and 2019 in Washington, DC; and training calls with the National Crime Victim Law Institute
  • Work with Masters in Social Work (MSW) interns in the provision of holistic services to clients, including referrals for non-legal services, accompaniment and safety planning
  • Ensure timely and accurate case file maintenance, including electronic records

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience and demonstrated passion for working with immigrant survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and/or sexual assault
  • Licensed to practice law (CA bar preferred)
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist crime survivors
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • An ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors
  • An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors
  • Legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement and victim service are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish required

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station
  • Fellow will be required to concentrate on tasks while facing distractions and will be required to attend meetings
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers, scanners and telephones is a regular part of this position

Salary and Benefits:  The Fellow will receive an annual salary of $52,000. Health, vision, dental and life insurance benefits also provided.  Opportunity to participate in employee deferred 403(b) and flex savings account. LACLJ offers a rigorous but flexible and open work environment.

About the Organization:  Founded in 1973, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) pursues safety, stability and justice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Primary areas of practice include family and immigration law. The agency implements a trauma-informed and holistic service model. Holistic services are provided through LACLJ’s Community Care Advocacy Program, which is staffed by a LCSW and a team of Masters in Social Work (MSW) interns. The agency’s mission is to fight for the rights of vulnerable families and advocate for a more just legal system.

To Apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume to Michelle Carey, Supervising Attorney, via email to michelle@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

 

Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability, or sexual orientation.

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Last updated: April 2018.

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