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

Position Summary:  Under the direction of the Supervising Attorney, the Legal Advocate/Paralegal will provide litigation and case management support to LACLJ staff attorneys who provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  The Legal Advocate will also assist with coordination of LACLJ’s Non Intimate Partner Sexual Assault (NIPSA) project which provides provides civil legal services primarily to survivors of sexual assault.

About the Organization: Founded in 1973, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice provides holistic, trauma-informed legal 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. LACLJ’s mission is to fight for the rights of vulnerable families and advocate for a more just legal system. Our vision is a strong community where families are safe, stable and free from injustice.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities include: 

Project Coordination

  • Complete off-site intakes with NIPSA clients as needed.
  • Coordinate trainings and meetings between LACLJ and Partner agencies.
  • Collect and report data on all clients under the NIPSA project.
  • Refer clients to social and legal service providers.
  • Perform research and create materials in support of LACLJ’s outreach plan.
  • Present LACLJ’s service model to community organizations in English and Spanish.

Litigation Support

  • Conduct interviews and engage in fact-gathering with clients.
  • Prepare correspondence, memoranda, and legal forms under attorney supervision.
  • Calendar deadlines and events for client matters.
  • Track deadlines for attorney actions including filings, and court appearances.
  • Prepare evidence (photos, receipts, etc.) for court or for other types of filings.
  • Communicate with clients, Child Support Services Department, opposing counsel, law enforcement and other entities.
  • Perform legal research under attorney supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject plus two years 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 plus two years of experience in the legal field.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish.

Other Duties: Adheres to standards of professional responsibility; Adheres to all LACLJ policies and procedures, including the standards set forth in the Performance and Evaluation Standards; Participates in mandatory staff trainings and meetings; Other duties as assigned.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience working with low-income persons, immigrants and/or other under-served, under-represented populations.
  • Previous experience working with domestic violence and/or sexual assault survivors.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work.
  • Demonstrated writing ability.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences (political science, psychology, sociology or ethnic studies).

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station.
  • This position requires concentration on tasks while facing distractions.
  • This position requires attendance at meetings, both in and outside the LACLJ offices.
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers and telephones.
  • Ability to work at and travel between NIPSA Project Partners’ offices and the LACLJ main office at 5301 Whittier Blvd. in East Los Angeles.

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 staff a generous benefits package, including a 35-hour workweek, bilingual pay, paid vacation and holiday leave, 100% employer-paid medical (Kaiser), dental, vision (80% for dependents), long-term disability, and life insurance. Staff also has 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.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to Karinne@laclj.org with “Legal Advocate NIPSA Project” in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Job Title: Administrative Assistant (click to expand)

The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), a nonprofit, public interest legal services organization that serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence, has an immediate opening for an Administrative Assistant to support external relations and grants management.  This is an excellent opportunity for an administrative professional passionate about supporting women and immigrants. Other tasks for this position include general office support related to maintaining equipment and supply inventory, meeting preparation, and various clerical duties.

Essential Functions

External Relations

  • Process donations and maintain accurate donor files, including giving histories and contact information. Build mailing lists and create donor reports as needed.
  • Support logistics for annual fundraiser and other events, such as coordinating vendors, managing timelines and checklists, tracking RSVPs and ticket requests, and overseeing event registration.
  • Assist in preparing development-related communications, such as invitations, save-the-dates, appeals letters, stewardship communications, holiday cards, and acknowledgments.  

  • Assist in preparing LACLJ’s e-newsletter, posting content to website, and other tasks related to online fundraising efforts.

  • Provide administrative support such as scheduling appointments, monitoring development-related voicemail and email, managing mail, and coordinating meetings with volunteers and donors.

Grants Management

  • Track deadlines and maintain organized, complete and accessible paper and electronic files.
  • Assist in preparation of routine correspondence, reporting, audits, and site visits.
  • Support submission of grant proposals and reports by coordinating document preparation and providing clerical support to supervisors.

General Office Support

  • Assist in maintaining equipment and supply inventories by checking inventory levels and restocking supplies as needed.
  • Assist in preparation of routine office meeting and events, including scheduling, coordinating food, audio visual assistance, and room set up and breakdown.
  • Provide general clerical support, including answering phones, copying, scanning, filing and transporting documents as needed.
  • Provide backup support to office administrator in managing mail and logging checks

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. degree
  • 1-3 years of administrative experience
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with the public and with volunteers
  • High level of attention to detail required
  • Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with accuracy and minimal direction
  • Ability to work occasional evenings as required by events and deadlines

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Spanish language skills preferred
  • Passion for working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Working knowledge and experience with Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Prior experience working with databases and website content management systems (WordPress, Network for Good, or Efforts to Outcomes experience a plus)
  • Education and/or experience that demonstrates an understanding of the needs of low-income persons, immigrants and/or other under-served, under-represented populations

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Work in an office setting including being at a workstation and attending meetings.
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers and telephones.

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time (35 hours a week) position with benefits.  Salary range $35,000 – $40,000. LACLJ offers full-time staff a generous benefits package including 100% employer-paid medical (Kaiser), dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance.  

About the Organization: Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization based in East Los Angeles that serves primarily survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 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.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to Karinne@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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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.

Please click, here to view other ways you can get involved at LACLJ.

 

Last updated: November 2017.

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