Careers

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Supervising Attorney - Housing

POSITION:                                           Supervising Attorney – Housing

SUPERVISOR:                                     Directing Attorney

WAGE RANGE:                                  $70,791.00 to $101,189.00 annually

JOB CLASSIFICATION:                     Full-Time, Exempt

LOCATION:                                         CLA SoCal Office(s)

APPLICATION DEADLINE:              Open Until Filled

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

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. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Supervising Attorney who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

 

The  Supervising Attorney of Housing reports to the Directing Attorney and will also work closely with other members of our teams located in both Santa Ana and Southeast Los Angeles.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervising and working in both Orange county and our Southeast offices, but flexible for primary office to be in either location.
  • Lead case review sessions and work collaboratively with staff to develop case strategies, best practices, unit protocols, and grant billing.
  • Provide guidance to staff on case work and staff development, including providing consistent feedback.
  • Provide direct legal services to low-income clients needing assistance with housing advocacy including defending tenants in eviction proceedings.
  • Identify significant legal needs and policy issues addressing homeless ness and access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.
  • Conduct trainings and outreach to community-based organization and community groups.
  • Develop and coordinate legal clinics with volunteers and other community collaboratives.
  • Coordinate with other assistance organizations in the area by providing referrals and implementing partner meeting to assure appropriate and efficient coverage of services.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends to attend community events, outreach and engagement, hold and assist with legal clinics.
  • Ensure grant deliverables are met under various funding grants and to prepare all necessary narratives and reports for grant funding.
  • In conjunction with the Directing Attorney and Director of Pro Bono, recruit, train, and supervise volunteer attorneys and law students.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctorate degree and a member in good-standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
  • Minimum five (5) years of legal experienced.
  • Experience in providing legal services to improve access to and preservation of affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents.
  • Knowledge of applicable housing law and community legal needs.
  • Litigation experience in State and Federal Courts, preferably in legal issues involving access to housing.
  • Represented clients before judicial tribunals in a full-range of civil legal matters with primary emphasis on landlord tenant, and legal issues involving access to housing.
  • Proactive approach, anticipates problems, offers solutions, and able to think on their feet.
  • High level of initiative and mature judgement in tackling multiple projects and tasks with limited supervision.
  • Reliable team player and multitasker.
  • Great organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others.
  • Articulate, creative, and passionate with excellent written and spoken English; skills and competence in grammar and spelling required.
  • Proven interest in social justice issues.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience engaging in policy advocacy, coordinating or collaborating in policy campaigns with partner community-based organizations, conducting legal research and provide legal services to improve access to and preservation of affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents.
  • Proficiency in aiding people empathetically and effectively, which providing excellent legal services.
  • Prior commitment to serving low-income individuals, and the most vulnerable immigrant communities and survivors of domestic violence.
  • Bilingual preferred; Bilingual in either Spanish or Vietnamese a plus.

 

 

Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

 

INTERNAL CANDIDATES:

To be considered for this position as an internal candidate, you must currently be classified as a regular or temporary staff member or be a volunteer with our organization.  TO APPLY, please submit a copy of your resume and cover letter to Cheryl Schlauch, HR Manager by emailing hrbizpartner@clsocal.org.Please include the following in the subject line of your email: “INTERNAL: [Job Title as Shown in the Posting] – [Last Name].” Current staff (not volunteers) will also need to complete an Internal Transfer and Consideration Form. Position open until filled.

If you have any questions regarding duties, responsibilities and salaries for this position, please see Cheryl Schlauch.  All internal candidates will be allowed preference for up to two weeks of the internal posting of the position. Any applications received after this date will be considered with external applications.  Applicants are encouraged to apply at anytime.

EXTERNAL CANDIDATES:

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to humanresources@clsocal.org.

Position is open until filled.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Staff Attorney - Housing (Santa Ana)

POSITION:                                           Staff Attorney – Housing

SUPERVISOR:                                      Directing Attorney

WAGE RANGE:                                    $50,537.00 to $89,190.00 per annum

JOB CLASSIFICATION:                      Regular, Exempt

LOCATION:                                          Santa Ana Location

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

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. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate Staff Attorney who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

 

The Staff Attorney – Housing reports to the Directing Attorney and will also work closely with other departments and teams within all of our service locations. The Staffing Attorney – Housing  is responsible for handling a full range of housing cases.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Handle a caseload of individual housing-related matters, including, but not limited to matters involving eviction defense and administrative hearing representation.
  • Handle client interviews, negotiations, settlements, trials and appeals of cases in both State and Federal Courts with primary emphasis on landlord-tenant, and legal issues involving access to housing.
  • Researches and prepares pleadings and other legal documents in connection with trials, hearings, and other legal proceedings.
  • Counsel and advise clients in legal matters.
  • Engage in policy advocacy, coordinate and collaborate in policy campaigns with partner community-based organizations, conduct legal research and provide legal services to improve access to and preservation of affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents.
  • Actively participate in community groups and coalitions on issues impacting service-eligible populations.
  • Directs and supervises law students and paralegals.
  • Participate in community outreach and community legal education activities.
  • 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

  • Juris Doctor degree and a member in good-standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
  • Prior legal services advocacy experience desirable.
  • Articulate, creative, and passionate with excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills, and problem-solving skills.
  • Enthusiasm for working with the population who normally would not be able to afford an attorney.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relations both internally and with external community contacts.
  • High level of initiative and ability to handle multiple projects and tasks with limited supervision.
  • Proactive approach, anticipates problems, offers solutions, and able to think on their feet.
  • High level of initiative and mature judgement in tackling multiple projects and tasks with limited supervision.
  • Reliable team player and multitasker.
  • Great organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others.
  • Proven interest in social justice issues.
  • 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.

 

PREFERRED, BUT NOT NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION

  • Bilingual English/Spanish.
  • Experience in the field of Housing Litigation.
  • Experience in representation before administrative agencies.
  • Knowledge of and experience with trauma-informed lawyering.

 

Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

 

INTERNAL CANDIDATES:

To be considered for this position as an internal candidate, you must currently be classified as a regular employee.  TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Cheryl Schlauch at hrbizpartner@clsocal.org.

If you have any questions regarding duties, responsibilities and salaries for this position, please see Cheryl Schlauch.  All internal candidates will be allowed preference for up to two weeks of the internal posting of the position. Any applications received after this date will be considered with external applications.  Applicants are encouraged to apply at anytime.

EXTERNAL CANDIDATES:

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to humanresources@clsocal.org.

Position is open until filled.

Staff Attorney - Public Benefits (Santa Ana)

POSITION:                                           Staff Attorney – Public Benefits

SUPERVISOR:                                     Supervising Attorney

WAGE RANGE:                                  $53,215 to $89,109 depending on experience

JOB CLASSIFICATION:                     Regular Full-Time, Exempt

LOCATION:                                         Santa Ana

APPLICATION DEADLINE:              Position Open Until Filled

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

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. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and three offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. With an emphasis on innovation, language access, and a holistic approach to client care, we help our neighbors fight injustice by providing compassionate, high quality legal aid, and advocating for stronger communities.

 

CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate Public Benefits Staff Attorney who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

 

The Public Benefits Staff Attorney reports to the Supervising Attorney of Public Benefits and will also work closely with other departments within the departments and offices of Community Legal Aid SoCal. The Public Benefits Staff Attorney is responsible for handling a full range of Public Benefits cases.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide direct legal services to low-income individuals who have been denied, terminated from, or had reduced essential safety net benefits such as CalWORKs, Food Stamps (or SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Section 8, CalFresh and General Relief or General Assistance (GR/GA).
  • Handle active personal caseload of full-representation cases.
  • Conduct client interviews, negotiation, settlement, trial and appeal of cases in State and Federal courts.
  • Research and prepare pleadings and other legal documents in connection with trials, hearings, and other legal proceedings.
  • Direct and supervise clinical law students and paralegals.
  • Conduct community meetings and attends outreach events.
  • Participates in activities of community-based organization and Bar Association activities.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctor degree and a member in good standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
  • Proactive approach, anticipates problems, offers solutions, and able to think on their feet. Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and with external community contacts.
  • High level of initiative and mature judgement in tackling multiple projects and tasks with limited supervision.
  • Reliable team player and multitasker.
  • Great organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others.
  • Articulate, creative, and passionate with excellent written and spoken English; skills and competence in grammar and spelling required.
  • Desire to learn, as well as, share knowledge with other team members.
  • Proven interest in social justice issues.

 

PREFERRED, BUT NOT NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish/Vietnamese.
  • Knowledge of and experience with trauma-informed lawyering.

 

Our staff members work a 35-hour week (Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5PM). We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

 

INTERNAL CANDIDATES:

To be considered for this position, please see the internal job posting that was emailed on 12/19/2019. Thank you!

EXTERNAL CANDIDATES:

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to humanresources@clsocal.org.

Position is open until filled.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

Paralegal

POSITION:                                           Paralegal

SUPERVISOR:                                    Directing Attorney

WAGE RANGE:                                  $18.03 per hour to $28.69 per hour (Depending on experience)

JOB CLASSIFICATION:                  Non-exempt (Hourly)

LOCATION:                                         Compton

APPLICATION DEADLINE:          Open Until Filled

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

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. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate candidates who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

 

Paralegals are required by California law to work under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney and may work under the supervision of staff attorneys and paralegals with advanced tenure and knowledge.

 

Our Paralegal reports to the Directing Attorney and is responsible for interviewing and consultation, providing legal information and education, providing legal advice and counsel, and providing legal advocacy and representation in administrative legal matters.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Interview clients and maintain client files.
  • Prepare legal forms, pleadings and other documents in connection with trials, settlements and other legal proceedings.
  • Write, edit and finalize correspondence, memoranda and other legal documents, including drafting discovery and discovery motions.
  • Legal and factual research. Cite checking.
  • Observe confidentiality of attorney-client relationship.
  • Maintain calendar and deadline reminder systems as needed.
  • Enter time into Legal Server.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate. Must have at least one year of experience as a paralegal.
  • Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience with the preparation of judicial council pleading forms.
  • Internet search skills including Westlaw and LexisNexis.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • Reliable team player and multitasker.
  • Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others.
  • Proven interest in social justice issues.

 

 

We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

 

INTERNAL CANDIDATES:

To be considered for this position as an internal candidate, you must currently be classified as a regular employee.  TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Cheryl Schlauch at hrbizpartner@clsocal.org.

If you have any questions regarding duties, responsibilities and salaries for this position, please see Cheryl Schlauch.  All internal candidates will be allowed preference for up to two weeks of the internal posting of the position. Any applications received after this date will be considered with external applications.  Applicants are encouraged to apply at anytime.

EXTERNAL CANDIDATES:

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to humanresources@clsocal.org.

Position is open until filled.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

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