Staff Attorney, Slum Housing Litigation


Job Type

Full Time

Published:

05/15/2018

Address

1309 E. 7th Street
Los Angeles
CA
90021
United States

Description

Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a nonprofit law firm on Skid Row. Founded on the fundamental principle that every person should always be treated with dignity and respect, ICLC fights for justice for low-income tenants, working-poor families, people who are disabled or homeless, people living with HIV/AIDS, and homeless veterans. Inner City Law Center is doubling in size and we are looking for extraordinary people to help end homelessness in Los Angeles. Over the next six months, we will add 40 talented lawyers, paralegals, and other staff to our team so that we can serve far more people.


Position Description: ICLC is seeking a talented full-time Staff Attorney with three to ten years of litigation experience to join our team and work on habitability litigation on behalf of low-income tenants. This position is part of ICLC’s Slum Housing Litigation Team, which combines outreach, education, tenant organizing, and litigation to address housing-related health hazards that threaten vulnerable, low-income tenants. ICLC’s lawyers, paralegals, and organizers seek to improve unhealthy living conditions, preserve affordable housing, protect against retaliation, and recover financial damages.

The attorney will litigate against landlords who rent unsafe and unhealthy apartments to vulnerable low-income tenants. The position may also participate in other litigation and policy work related to housing and homelessness and conduct outreach and education efforts. In addition, the position may partner with other legal or tenant advocacy organizations to provide direct client services through tenant clinics, participate in other projects related to improving affordable, safe, and healthy housing for low-income tenants, and perform other duties as needed. The Slum Housing Litigation Team works closely with pro bono counsel from private law firms in the majority of its cases.

Hiring Criteria: Commitment to ICLC’s mission and values. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to assume responsibility quickly, and to manage an active caseload independently. Ability to work closely with a team including the Director of Litigation, staff attorneys, paralegals, organizers and administrative personnel. Ability to build trust and rapport with a wide range of clients in a kind, appropriate, and effective manner. Ability to use good judgment, multi-task, and meet deadlines. The ideal candidate will have some litigation experience and a demonstrated commitment to working with low income communities. Preferred qualifications include experience litigating habitability or other housing issues, and the ability to speak, read and write in Spanish. Membership in the California Bar or another state required.


Compensation: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.


How to Apply: Priority will be given to applications received by May 31, 2018. However, we will accept applications until the position is filled. To apply, please email your cover letter setting forth interest in the position, resume, and three references to Nell Bennett, Hiring Coordinator, at nbennett@innercitylaw.org.

 

ICLC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, domestic partner status or medical condition.

Level of Language Proficiency

Ability to speak, read and write in Spanish

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

nbennett@innercitylaw.org

Priority will be given to applications received by May 31, 2018. However, we will accept applications until the position is filled. To apply, please email your cover letter setting forth interest in the position, resume, and three references to Nell Bennett, Hiring Coordinator, at nbennett@innercitylaw.org.


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