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
•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 $57,000 to $67,000 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
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Marilyn Florentino, Office Administrator,
via email to email@example.com 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
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 immigration cases
on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or human trafficking. The Legal Advocate
will prepare documents and forms under the supervision of a Directing or Senior Attorney, meet and
correspond with clients, and provide administrative support to attorneys, as needed.
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 and eligibility review, as needed.
Assist the 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.
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
Strong technology and software skills including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, internet searches,
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 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
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 $40,000 to $45,000 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.
To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Legal Advocate/Paralegal” 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.
Last updated: May 2020