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Immigration Attorney

Position:  Staff Attorney – Immigration

Summary: LACLJ seeks a staff attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join our team. This Staff Attorney will represent low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in a variety of immigration matters, including humanitarian-based affirmative petitions and removal defense hearings/ICE check-ins. In addition, this position offers the opportunity to:

  • 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.

About the Organization: The mission of Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) is to secure justice for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and empower them to create their own future. Located in East Los Angeles, LACLJ is a 30-person non-profit law firm serving survivors throughout Los Angeles County. LACLJ’s primary practice areas are family law and immigration. However, LACLJ strives to provide clients with holistic legal services and has both a growing criminal justice advocacy and appellate practice. Through our integrated legal/social worker service model, LACLJ Community Care Advocates provide supportive services such as education, safety planning, accompaniment, and linkages to other service providers as part of the legal team. LACLJ is committed to a trauma-informed and culturally-responsive workplace and service provision.

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
  • 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 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 $56,000 to $65,000 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 Manager, via email to marilyn@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Staff Attorney-Pro Bono Coordinator

Position:  Staff Attorney – Pro Bono Coordinator

Summary: This attorney will be responsible for coordinating LACLJ’s pro bono efforts, including LACLJ’s new California Legal Access for Survivors Project (CLASP or Project).  CLASP is a partnership with the Judicial Council of California with the goal of creating a replicable “community intake center” model for the delivery of self-help legal services to litigants in domestic violence restraining order cases. The model involves victim service providers assisting survivors with their DVPA requests using the Project’s on-line forms production program with forms review by off-site pro bono attorneys.

The Position

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Work with the Project Director to update the CLASP forms production program
  • Create legal information handouts and other tools related to the Project
  • Create training curricula and accompanying materials for victim service providers and pro bono attorneys
  • Recruit, train and provide technical assistance to pro bono attorneys
  • Participate in Project outreach and recruiting efforts
  • Assist in Project program evaluation activities
  • Provide court representation to clients in DVPA matters
  • Coordinate with Project Partners to ensure Project is meeting stated goals and objectives 

Job Skills and Abilities

All candidates must have:

  • J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • At least 3 years of experience practicing as a member in good standing of the California Bar
  • Experience representing domestic violence survivors in DVPA proceedings
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team

Preferred candidates will have one or more of the following:

  • Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish
  • Commitment to trauma-informed and client-centered advocacy
  • 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

This position requires:

  • Work to be performed in an office setting at a work station
  • Concentration on tasks while facing distractions
  • 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, pro bono attorney and victim service provider offices.

 

Salary and Benefits:   Salary individual ranges from $60,000 to $70,000 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.

Community Care Advocate

Position: Community Care Advocate

Summary: The Community Care Advocate will provide supportive services, such as education,
referrals, court accompaniment and safety planning, to LACLJ clients, who are primarily immigrant
survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Community Care Advocate will work under the
supervision and direction of LACLJ’s licensed clinical social worker and clients’ attorneys as part
of the legal team. The Community Care Advocate will also assist with coordination of LACLJ’s
Community Care Advocacy (CCA) program, a year-round
M.S.W. internship program that provides supportive services to LACLJ clients and a high-quality
educational experience for interns.

The Position
The primary responsibilities of this position include:
Project Coordination
• Assist with recruitment and training of interns
• Coordinate and conduct CCA project data collection and reporting
• Perform research and create materials in support of LACLJ’s CCA program services
• Supervise B.S.W. and M.S.W. interns as appropriate based on experience

Client Advocacy
• Accompany clients to court, police stations and other government offices
• Conduct client assessments
• Provide supportive services to clients such as psycho-education and safety planning
• Connect clients to non-legal supportive services and community resources
• Assist clients in understanding and participating in the criminal justice system
• Assist clients with California Victim Compensation Board claims

Legal Support
• Conduct interviews and engage in fact gathering with clients
• Prepare documentary evidence (photos, receipts, etc.) for court or other purposes
• Communicate with clients, CSSD, law enforcement, and other entities

Administrative Support
• Assist with coordinating administrative systems related to the CCA program

Job Skills and Abilities
All candidates must have:
• M.S.W. degree from a CSWE-accredited program
• Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
• Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks with careful attention to detail.
• Ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Strong technology and software skills including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.

Preferred candidates will also have one or more of the following:
• Successful completion of an M.S.W. field-instructor course
• Domestic violence and/or sexual assault advocate certificate
• Experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking
• Experience working with undocumented immigrants.
• Commitment to trauma-informed and client-centered advocacy

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements
This position requires:
• Work to be performed in an office setting at a work station
• Concentration on tasks while facing distractions
• 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 Los Angeles Superior Court locations, police stations, DPSS offices, and partner agencies.

Salary and Benefits: Salary individual ranges from $45,000 to $55,000 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.

Administrative Assistant (Temporary)

Position: Administrative Assistant 

Period:     Temporary

Position Summary:  This position provides support to the Deputy Director and Office Manager in the general operations of the organization.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • 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, copying, scanning, and filing documents.
  • Provide backup support to office manager in managing mail and logging checks.
  • Track deadlines and maintain organized, complete and accessible paper and electronic files.
  • Assist in preparation of routine correspondence, reporting, audits, and funder site visits.
  • Assists with the preparation of grant proposals and reports

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in arts or science
  • 1-3 years of administrative experience
  • 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
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish preferred.

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.

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.

Salary and Benefits: The Administrative Assistant  is a non-exempt position with a salary range of $19.23 to $21.98 per hour depending on experience.  This is a temporary position that does not include a benefits package. LACLJ is an eligible nonprofit employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

 

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to marilyn@laclj.org with “Administrative Assistant (Temp.)” 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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Last updated: October 2019

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