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Disaster Legal Service Attorney

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County


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November 2, 2020
At least $60,000Salary Starting $60,000.00 - Salary commensurate with experience.

Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation and public policy advocacy, NLSLA combats the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity, and justice in Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods.

NLSLA is seeking a Disaster Legal Services Attorney to provide legal services to disaster survivors. The ideal candidate will be a skillful attorney who can excel in a fast-paced, dynamic anti-poverty law practice and is capable of fiercely advocating on behalf of NLSLA clients in multiple forums. The candidate must have a demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest law and prior experience serving low-income individuals and client groups, with a sensitivity to those in crisis. The ideal candidate must have two or more years of experience in public benefits, landlord-tenant, consumer, and/or employment law. The candidate will also possess strong research and organizational skills; the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing; and well-developed analytical skills. Of critical importance is that the candidate be self-motivated with the ability to work independently. Bilingual proficiency in Spanish is preferred.


Position: Disaster Legal Service Attorney- Temporary


Availability: Availability is Immediate.

Salary: $60,000 + - Commensurate with experience. Excellent Benefits which include: choice of medical, dental, vision; life and disability insurance plans; 125 plan; sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays.


Duties and Responsibilities:

·        Represent survivors of natural disasters in administrative hearings and court cases with a focus on landlord-tenant, consumer, employment, and other disaster related legal issues.

·        Conduct intakes.

·        Engage in outreach to natural disaster survivors.

·        Supervise pro bono volunteers at legal clinics and in disaster related cases.

·        Represent NLSLA at community events and meetings related to disaster preparedness and network with government, NGO, faith-based, and social services organizations relevant to disaster response.

·        Advocate regarding large-scale strategic issues impacting natural disaster survivors including issues relating to FEMA benefits, employment and mobile home parks.

·        Develop trainings for advocates.

Qualifications:

·        Licensed and eligible to practice law in California.

·        Experience in public benefits, landlord-tenant, mobile home, consumer, and/or employment law.

·        Desire to address systemic issues and develop general knowledge of poverty law.

·        Ability to collaborate with a broad base of partners.

About NLSLA:

Founded in 1965 as part of our nation’s War on Poverty, NLSLA is now one of the largest and most prominent public interest law firms in California. NLSLA provides free assistance to more than 150,000 low-income residents of Los Angeles County each year. Its operating budget for 2020 will reach $22 million, with a staff of more than 160, including 80 attorneys.


NLSLA serves all of Los Angeles County with a special emphasis on the poverty communities of the San Fernando, San Gabriel, Pomona and Antelope Valleys, as well as the central county cities of Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena. NLSLA staff members are housed in four regional offices located in Pacoima, El Monte, Boyle Heights, and Glendale - where the program’s administrative offices are also located. In addition, NLSLA advocates are co-located in courthouses in Van Nuys, Lancaster, Chatsworth, Pomona and Downtown LA; Hospitals and health centers in Sylmar, Van Nuys, North Hollywood and El Monte; and with social services providers in the Antelope Valley.


Advocates specialize in areas of the law that disproportionately impact the poor, including affordable housing and eviction defense, access to public benefits, support for domestic violence victims, access to healthcare, worker and consumer rights, as well as employment and training. NLSLA is particularly known for its innovative programs and collaborative models for delivering services across the County. Among those are the NLSLA Health Consumer Center (HCC) and Medical Legal Community Partnership projects ensuring that everyone receives the health care they need; Shriver Housing - LA providing right to counsel for evictions; Self-Help Legal Access Centers assisting the un-represented with domestic violence, family law and eviction cases in nine courthouses; Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project (PEHP) providing legal help to the homeless in Antelope, San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys; and Disaster Legal Assistance providing support and help to low-income disaster survivors.

Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation and public policy advocacy, NLSLA combats the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity, and justice in Los…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Excellent Benefits which include: choice of medical, dental, vision; life and disability insurance plans; 125 plan; sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays. 

Excellent Benefits which include: choice of medical, dental, vision; life and disability insurance plans; 125 plan; sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual proficiency in Spanish is preferred. 

Bilingual proficiency in Spanish is preferred. 

Location

Los Angeles, CA

How to Apply

Forward resume, cover letter, and writing sample to (no phone calls):

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:

Elizabeth Brown, Director of Human Resources

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

1102 E. Chevy Chase Drive

Glendale, CA 91205

Fax: (818) 291-1790 E-mail: employment@nlsla.org


NLSLA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at NLSLA are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by federal and CA state laws. NLSLA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.


Forward resume, cover letter, and writing sample to (no phone calls):

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to:

Elizabeth Brown, Director of Human Resources

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