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Staff Attorney – Tax Controversies, Bankruptcy and Consumer Debt

POSITION:                                     Staff Attorney – Tax Controversies, Bankruptcy and Consumer Debt
SUPERVISOR:                              Directing Attorney
WAGE RANGE:                            Depending on experience

JOB CLASSIFICATION:               Full time, Exempt
LOCATION:                                   Various Offices
Application Deadline:               Continuous until position is filled

Job Overview

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective Staff Attorney to provide direct services and representation to clients needing assistance with tax controversy issues, Chapter 7 Bankruptcies and consumer debt issues. The Staff Attorney in this position will responsible for representing eligible clients who reside in the service areas of Southeast Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct a broad range of tax controversy assistance, including advice and counsel, preparing legal pleadings, and full representation in administrative proceedings and in Tax Court;
  • Conduct Chapter 7 Bankruptcy clinics and provide individual assistance to clients including preparing bankruptcy petitions and representation in Bankruptcy Court;
  • Conduct Consumer Debt Workshops at the Central Justice Courthouse and assist clients facing unfair or predatory debt collection practice by preparing responsive pleadings and court representation;
  • Assess the legal merits of each case, the need for legal advocacy and level of services to be provided to client;
  • Trains, directs and supervises clinical law students and paralegals;
  • Participate in community outreach and community legal education activities;
  • Attend substantive legal training’s, consult with other tax experts, and work closely with the Taxpayer Advocate Service;
  • Identify wrap around legal services and work collaboratively with CLA SoCal various legal units;
  • Perform administrative tasks and other duties, as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Active member in good standing of the California State Bar;
  • Eligibility for admission into the U.S. Tax Court;
  • Minimum 3 years of legal experience as an attorney;
  • Prior legal services advocacy experience desirable;
  • Prior work experience in the field of tax law, bankruptcies and consumer issues desirable;
  • Legal representation before administrative agencies desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills and problem-solving skills; attention to detail;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and with external community contacts;
  • Enthusiasm for working with the population who normally would not be able to afford an attorney;
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area to engage with clients and community partners;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish skills very desirable.

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Knowledge of legal principles and their application.
  • Knowledge of rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods.
  • Proficiency in Form Builder, Best Case, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, etc.) and other software programs.

We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical, dental, LTD, 401k with employer contribution, life insurance, and FSA.  Paid holidays | vacation | sick leave

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Jessica Flowers at humanresources@clsocal.org.  Position open until filled.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Staff Attorney – DVPP Litigator

POSITION:                                     Staff Attorney – DVPP Litigator
SUPERVISOR:                               Directing Attorney
WAGE RANGE:                            Depending on experience

JOB CLASSIFICATION:               Full time, Exempt
LOCATION:                                   Various Offices
Application Deadline:               Continuous until position is filled

Job Overview

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. It has two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective Staff Attorney to provide comprehensive legal services to low-income DV victims in southeast Los Angeles County.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this position is responsible for providing legal representation, consultation, advocacy, education and referrals to victims of domestic violence in our service area. The Staff Attorney will work with victims of family violence to help them escape their abuser and get to a place of long-term safety where they can work on addressing other obstacles to well-being.

Examples of Duties

  • Handle client interviews, negotiation, settlement, trial and appeal of cases in State and Federal Courts;
  • Direct and supervise the Case Manager, clinical law students, and pro bono volunteers;
  • Expand high-quality legal services to victims to help them escape their abusers;
  • Increase collaboration by DV service providers in southeastern Los Angeles County in order to better serve family violence victims and give them more avenues by which to become safe and secure;
  • Maintain an individual caseload, and refer cases that fall outside of protective order litigation to other specialized units;
  • Identify wraparound legal services and work collaboratively with various legal units;
  • Implement trauma-informed delivery of legal services;
  • Research and prepare pleadings and other legal documents in connection with trials, hearings, and other legal proceedings;
  • Develop all the protocols for the project, preparing reports and collecting and submitting all required statistical data;
  • Comply with reporting requirements of relevant grants, including tracking deliverables; and
  • Participate in activities of community-based organizations and Bar Association activities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Active membership and good standing with the California State Bar;
  • Minimum 3 years of ligation experience;
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience with DV/Family Violence;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence law;
  • Ability to deal with people empathetically and effectively;
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low income and the most vulnerable immigrant communities and survivors of domestic violence;
  • Ability to meet grant deliverables and to prepare grant reports; and
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends to attend community events, outreach and engagement, hold and assist with legal clinics;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required.

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Knowledge of legal principles and their application.
  • Knowledge of rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings.
  • Knowledge of legal research methods.
  • Proficiency in Form Builder, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, etc.) and other software programs.

We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical, dental, LTD, 401k with employer contribution, life insurance, and FSA.  Paid holidays | vacation | sick leave

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Jessica Flowers at humanresources@clsocal.org.  Position open until filled.

Community Legal SoCal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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