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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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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 $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
(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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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.

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Major Gifts Officer

Job Title: Major Gifts Officer

Position Summary: The Major Gifts Officer will play a critical role in increasing donor support and acts as an ambassador for LACLJ across the community. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate and individual donors, with a special focus on major gifts. The Major Gifts Officer will report to the Director of Development, and will work closely and collaboratively with the Executive Director, as well as board members and other internal and external stakeholders.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
-Develop corporate and individual donor soliciting strategies along with materials
-Identify and research donor prospects
-Design and implement a donor stewardship program
-Develop opportunities for donor engagement with the agency (cultivation events, corporatevolunteerism, etc.)
-Engage LACLJ staff, board and volunteers in the donor development process
-Responsible for minimum annual fundraising goals and management of donor portfolio
-Provide regular reports and analysis to grow major gifts program

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.

Qualifications:
-Demonstrated experience in fundraising with a minimum of 4 to 7 years experience with majorgifts.
-Passion for issues related to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, immigrants and women.
-High level of discretion and ethical approach to fundraising
-Proven ability to interact and influence philanthropic leaders
-Interpersonal skills and ability to communicate professionally with a culturally diverse group ofstakeholders
-Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail andprioritization to meet deadlines
-Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
-Valid driver’s license and insurance and/or reliable transportation required for out-of-officetravel as required by the position.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
– This position requires attendance at meetings, both in and outside the LACLJ offices.
– Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers and telephones.

Compensation: The Major Gifts Officer is a part-time or contractual position with an annual range of
$30,000-$35,000 per year depending on experience.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to marilyn@laclj.org with “Major Gifts Officer” in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Legal Advocate/Paralegal

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.

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 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.

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 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 $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 marilyn@laclj.org with “Legal Advocate/Paralegal” 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: October 2019

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