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Family Law Attorney

Position: Staff Attorney – Family Law

The Position: LACLJ seeks a staff attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social
justice advocacy to join our team. This Staff Attorney will be part of LACLJ’s Sargent Shriver Grant,
which provides attorneys to low income individuals in high conflict custody and domestic violence
cases. The purpose of the grant is to ensure that low income litigants have access to
representation in critical cases involving their safety and their children. This staff attorney will
regularly be in court and will represent clients in a variety of family court actions, including
restraining orders, dissolution, and child custody and support. In addition, this position offers the
opportunity to:

•Represent clients on other types of matters as needed, including criminal justice advocacy,
guardianship, and unlawful detainer;
•Provide presentations and trainings to community partners and client communities on family
law and other legal issues;
•Develop relationships and collaborate with a range of public and private community partners
to address systemic barriers facing LACLJ’s client community; and
•Engage in other tasks and projects that further LACLJ’s mission and operations.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities
All candidates must have:
• J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school
• 0-5 years of experience practicing as a member in good standing in the California Bar
(or pending 2019 Bar results)
•Strong written and oral communication skills
•Strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
• Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish
Preferred candidates will have one or more of the following:
•Commitment to trauma-informed advocacy, empathy, responsive listening, and
demonstration of authentic care and concern
•Previous experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or
human trafficking and/or immigrant populations.
•Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people

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 the LACLJ main office at 5301 Whittier Blvd. in
East Los Angeles and other locations such as various Los Angeles Superior Court
locations and DPSS offices.

Salary and Benefits: Salary individual ranges from $60,000 to $68,000 per year depending
on experience. LACLJ offers full-time staff a 35-hour work week, casual office environment,
and a generous benefits package and paid vacation leave including 100% employer-paid
medical (Kaiser), dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance and the option to
participate in a 403(b) retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts
(FSA).

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Marilyn Florentino, Office Administrator,
via email to marilyn@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will
be accepted until the position is filled.

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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Legal Advocate/Paralegal

Job Title: Legal Advocate/Paralegal  (Temporary)

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 Senior Attorney, meet and correspond with clients, and provide administrative support to attorneys, as needed. The Legal Advocate/Paralegal position is a full-time hourly temporary position.

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 Senior Attorney and Directing 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 or remotely, as needed, pursuant to COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Incumbent will be required to concentrate on tasks while facing distractions and will be required to attend meetings either in person or remotely, pursuant to COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers, scanners and telephones is a regular part of this position whether working remotely or in the office.

Salary and Benefits:  The Legal Advocate/Paralegal is a non-exempt full time temporary position with an annual salary range of $35,000 to $40,000 per year depending on experience. This position does not offer benefits.

To Apply:  Please email a cover letter and resume to marilyn@laclj.org with “Legal Advocate/Paralegal”  in the subject header. Estimated start date of the position is August 17, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The 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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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: May 2020

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