Careers

Please be advised that all applicants for permanent staff positions must be willing to undergo a Live Scan background check to be considered for a position.  This process can be lengthy and, if offered a position, duties may be modified until background results have cleared.

Pro Bono Coordinator

POSITION:                               Pro Bono Coordinator
SUPERVISOR:                          Director of Pro Bono
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 (CLASOCAL) 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. Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLASOCAL) seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective Pro Bono Coordinator to provide support to the Director of Pro Bono to attain the following goals:

  1. generate additional pro bono legal resources to augment CLASOCAL’s advocacy efforts;
  2. reinforce CLASOCAL’s support base in the private bar by facilitating outside involvement in our mission;
  3. develop innovative pro bono programs and initiatives; and
  4. position CLASOCAL as an integral part of a “community of justice” of legal services providers, social service agencies, community‐based organizations, educators, judges, and individuals working together to achieve equal justice.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in recruiting law firms for collaboration in pro bono partnerships;
  • Make presentations to potential project partners;
  • Coordinate in-person trainings and develop online training tools for pro bono volunteers;
  • Gather case information to develop case descriptions and distribute information about pro bono opportunities;
  • Facilitate placement of cases with a pro bono providers;
  • Provide support to volunteer attorneys and manage all aspects of collaborative projects;
  • Assist with ongoing projects with corporate partners;
  • Match volunteer attorneys with mentors, where appropriate;
  • Assist Director of Pro Bono in building staff systems and culture;
  • Participate in networking and outreach events;
  • Assist in volunteer recognition efforts, including event planning;
  • Research community resources and create Databank;
  • Manage data collection, reporting and evaluation of pro bono efforts;
  • Work with area law firms, private practices and others to cultivate a strong network of pro bono providers, and;
  • Perform administrative tasks and other duties, as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and with external community contacts;
  • Comfort in interacting with private attorneys, public service attorneys, judges and court personnel, as well as with public speaking;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, with colleagues and members of the communities we serve;
  • Enthusiasm for working with the population who normally would not be able to afford an attorney;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills and problem-solving skills; attention to detail;
  • Proficiency with standard office software such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Comfort with technology and the ability and willingness to learn new software applications to develop video and interactive online content;
  • Comfort with the use of social media, and;
  • 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.

Educational and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree and experience with legal services provider or non-profit organization; Juris Doctor Degree desirable but not required.

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.

 

The Community Legal Aid SoCal is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
###

 

Staff Attorney- Complex Litigation

POSITION:                               Staff Attorney- Complex Litigation
SUPERVISOR:                          Director of Litigation
WAGE RANGE:                        Depending on experience
JOB CLASSIFICATION:            Full time, Exempt Position
LOCATION:                             Santa Ana Office
Application Deadline:            Continuous until position is filled

Program Overview

Since 1958, the Community Legal Aid SoCal has offered a diverse approach to the delivery of legal services. The mission of CLASOCAL is to provide high quality, free civil legal services to low-income individuals and seniors and to promote equal access to the justice system through advocacy, legal counseling, innovative self-help, in-depth legal representation, economic development, and community education.

CLASOCAL advocates on behalf of vulnerable individuals and communities both in Orange County and the southeast area of Los Angeles County. CLASOCAL currently maintains offices in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Compton and Norwalk. Generally, clients are eligible for CLASOCAL’s services if the client’s income is at or below 125% to 200% of the federal poverty threshold or if they are over age 60.  Based on the 2014 estimated poverty population, approximately 601,805 persons in CLASOCAL’s service area have incomes that fall below 125% of the poverty level.


Description of Position
 

CLASOCAL seeks a compassionate, open-minded, and dedicated Staff Attorney to join its Complex Litigation Unit in its Santa Ana, California office.  This is an exciting opportunity for a conscientious litigator to work in the community, make impactful changes for clients, and advocate for equal justice.  The Staff Attorney will litigate a wide-range of legal services issues, strive to make impactful changes on matters that disproportionately impact the poor, and be an integral part of a fast-paced team environment.

 

Job Responsibilities

Build expertise in specialized legal areas such as civil rights, fair housing laws, land use, mortgage and lending practices, government benefits, due process rights and disability laws.  Support the current state and federal litigation cases within the unit.  Current cases address issues of homelessness, homelessness prevention, affordable housing, and government benefits.  Formulate strategy on impact advocacy and policy.  Lead outreach, conduct extensive investigation, handle client intake, conduct legal research, draft legal briefs, and litigate.  Engage in collaborations with advocates in the CLASOCAL program and with community partners.  Comply with grant requirements, case tracking requirements, and all other administrative tasks as required of CLASOCAL employees.

Candidates must be available and willing to conduct outreach and advocacy throughout CLASOCAL’s service area, including to communities in southeast Los Angeles and all of Orange County, work with diverse group of clients, and collaborate with a multitude of local community groups.  The position will handle both direct service and impact cases and will report to the Director of Litigation.


Minimum Qualifications 

Minimum two years of litigation and trial experience, must be a member of the California Bar, and possess excellent legal research and writing skills.  The staff attorney will have a passionate commitment to social justice for disadvantaged individuals and communities and must be able to work in a collaborative environment.  Successful track record of forging alliances and moving people to take collective action. Experience can be demonstrated through prior work in legal services, housing litigation, litigation in federal court, and working with community groups.  Bilingual capacity strongly preferred.

More information on CLASOCAL

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 for this position, send a cover letter, resume, and 2 writing samples to show a range of advocacy (10 pages or less per sample) (electronically in PDF or Microsoft Word format) to humanresources@clsocal.org.   Attention: Complex Litigation Unit – Staff Attorney.

 

CLASOCAL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in its workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. The position is housed in CLASOCAL’s main office in Santa Ana, California with flexibility for partial weeks in the Compton or Norwalk offices.

###

Staff Attorney – Education/Special Education

POSITION:                                     Staff Attorney – Education/Special Education
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 assist families with special education needs to obtain equitable and meaningful education for their child(ren) through direct services and systemic and legal advocacy.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this position is responsible for expanding access to equitable and meaningful education for families of special needs children:

  1. Expand CLA SoCal’s Learning Justice program to help parents gain the tools they need to more effectively advocate for their child(ren)’s education and well-being in the public-school system.
  2. Facilitating a “TIGER” advocacy training model with the Learning Rights Law Center (“Training Individuals for Grassroots Education Reform”).
  3. Help parents negotiate IEPs (Individualized Education Program), handle due process complaints and when necessary litigate.

Examples of Duties

  • Provide direct advocacy services to low-income students through administrative and appellate process;
  • Assist with litigation-oriented efforts;
  • Represent clients at IEP meetings, resolution sessions, mediation, and due process hearings;
  • Provide training and education to staff, targeted population and stakeholders;
  • Research and stay current on legal issues to prepare for proper advocacy;
  • Ability to file a minimum of 2-3 special education due process complaints per month;
  • Develop written training materials and publications on special education and general education issues; and,
  • Manage a caseload of 30 open cases.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Active membership and good standing with the California State Bar;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of special education law preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to communicate effectively with clients, attorneys, child welfare agencies, the judiciary and the public;
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends to attend community events, outreach and engagement, hold and assist with legal clinics;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and,
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low income and the most vulnerable communities.

KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Knowledge of disabilities.
  • Knowledge of the legal and legislative framework of special education law.
  • Knowledge of the education options available.
  • Familiarity with IEP issues, disabilities, discipline issues and behavioral supports.
  • 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 Aid SoCal is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
###

 

 

Paralegal - LAV, Human Options

POSITION:                                     Paralegal – LAV, Human Options
SUPERVISOR:                              Staff Attorney
WAGE RANGE:                            Depending on experience

JOB CLASSIFICATION:               Full time 35-hour work week, hourly, non-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. CLA SoCal seeks an energetic, motivated, personable and effective Paralegal to provide services to low-income DV victims in partnership between Human Options, Inc.  Under the supervision of the Staff Attorney, this position is responsible for assisting the attorney in providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in matters arising from the abuse.  The paralegal will interview clients, maintain client files, prepare legal forms, pleadings, other writings in connection with trials, settlements, and other legal proceedings and represent clients at administrative hearings. The services that will be provided by the project will include legal representation, consultation, advocacy, information, education, referrals, and advice and counsel.

Essential Job Duties

  • Duties will involve interviewing clients and maintaining client files.
  • Preparing legal forms, pleading and other writings in connection with trials and 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.
  • Provide safety planning and advocacy to clients.
  • As needed, maintain calendar and deadline reminder systems.
  • Prepare detailed monthly reports for the funding agency.
  • Enter time into Case Management System.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
  • Experience in assisting DV victims with a variety of civil legal matters
  • Bilingual English/Spanish highly preferred.

Skills Needed

Strong technical skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and document assembly program Form Builder.  Internet research skills including Westlaw and LexisNexis. Excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple complex tasks concurrently in a professional and efficient manner. Excellent attention to detail. Must be a team player, able to work under pressure.

Educational and Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate. Must have three years’ experience as a paralegal.

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.
###

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 trainings, 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.

 

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.
###

Interested in employment? Apply Now
Interested in employment? Apply Now