Published 18 days ago

TDP - Staff Attorney (Intake Focus)

Hybrid, Work must be performed in California, US


Job Type:Full Time
Education:Other Education Requirement
Experience Level:Entry level
Salary:USD $78,000 - $105,000 / year


Staff Attorney 

(Intake Focus) 

 (Full-Time, Exempt Position) 

Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a nonprofit law firm located in the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles. We are looking for extraordinary people to help us end homelessness in Los Angeles. 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 experiencing homelessness, people living with HIV/AIDS, and homeless veterans. 

Position Description: The Intake Staff Attorney is part of the Tenant Defense Project’s Intake and Tenant Power Toolkit team and primarily responsible for the day-to-day oversight of our case referral and intake systems. They ensure that incoming referrals to the Tenant Defense Project are properly handled, provide counsel and advice and limited brief services to tenants as needed, and help develop and implement improved workflows. 


  • Act as first point of contact for intake staff processing referrals, including to apply intake and eligibility criteria, address unique or complex situations, assess case information as needed, assist with assignment, and answer questions as they arise in the intake process.  
  • Provide regular support to Administrative Clerks handling referrals through case assignment. 
  • Oversee the day-to-day functioning of efficient and client-centered organizational processes, procedures, and technology systems used to screen potential clients and to assign cases to attorney and paralegal teams for representation.  
  • Provide counsel and advice and brief services to tenants. Brief services may include simple moveout agreements, pre-litigation advocacy and communications with landlords, and providing in-depth counsel and advice.  
  • Monitor referral tracking, client information collection, and case management systems to ensure proper functioning of intake system.  
  • Communicate with Stay Housed LA and Right to Counsel partner organizations regarding referrals and capacity.  
  • Manage referral pipelines of Tenant Defense Project team, including through community partners. 
  • Work closely with Intake Supervising Attorney to assess and improve intake systems, including to improve the client experience, minimize delays, manage referral volume, and set priorities. 
  • Support in creation of written guidelines, policies, and procedures to support intake and other team systems. 
  • Conduct legal research and draft legal documents and community education materials, as needed. 
  • Inform clients and our client communities about their legal rights and ICLC services.  
  • Maintain accurate, timely and complete case files and submit detailed monthly quantitative and qualitative reports as requested.  
  • Work with the appropriate government entities to resolve client problems.  
  • Guide and train other program staff, including fellows, paralegals, less experienced attorneys, law clerks, external entities and pro bono partners.  
  • Participate in legal clinics and community education efforts.  
  • Actively participate in community groups and coalitions on issues impacting ICLC clients and client communities, such as access to the courts, the availability of affordable housing, and systemic racism. 
  • Help develop and maintain relationships with funders, government agencies, and community-based organizations.  
  • Partner with pro bono counsel to expand the volume of services that ICLC can provide.
  • Maintain timesheets as directed.  
  • Adhere to all ethical responsibilities, including the Rules of Professional Conduct, which establish standards of legal ethics and professional responsibility for lawyers in California.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


Hiring Criteria: Commitment to ICLC’s mission and values. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong work ethic. Have an organized and detail-oriented approach. Excellent negotiation skills. Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and as part of a collaborative team. Ability to use good judgment, multitask, and meet short-notice deadlines. Ability to interact with a wide range of clients in a kind, appropriate, client-centered manner. Access to reliable transportation. Membership in the California Bar is required. A minimum of 1-2 years of litigation experience.  

This position will serve a nine-month probationary period. ICLC has a hybrid work environment with remote and onsite work available. 

For those who do not meet all requirements listed above, you may be eligible to apply as a Housing Justice Post-Graduate Fellow


Compensation: Salary ranges from $78,000 - $105,000 and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.  

How to Apply: Cover letters and resumes are reviewed upon receipt and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter detailing interest in the position directly to our website at Applications will not be considered if both resume and cover letter are not provided.  



Inner City Law Center is committed to having a diverse staff and an equitable and inclusive workplace. To read our full DEI Statement, please click here

ICLC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, disability, marital status, or medical condition. All qualified applicants with criminal histories shall be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.  

To keep our Staff and Clients safe, ICLC requires all Staff to have received the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Staff Attorney 

(Intake Focus) 

 (Full-Time, Exempt Position) 

Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a nonprofit law firm located in the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles. We are looking for extraordinary people to help us end homelessness in Los…


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Work must be performed in California, US
1309 E. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021, United States

How to Apply

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