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Staff Attorney – Family Law (Norwalk)

POSITION: Staff Attorney – Family Law

LOCATION: Norwalk Office

SUPERVISOR: Directing Attorney

WAGE RANGE: $53,215 to $89,190 depending on experience

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Exempt Position

 

About Community Legal Aid SoCal

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958. CLA SoCal is dedicated to meeting the legal needs of low-income people throughout Orange and Southeast Los Angeles Counties. 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.

 

Job Overview

CLA SoCal seeks an energetic, motivated, compassionate, personable and effective Staff Attorney to be part of the Norwalk Office. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest law and serving low-income individuals.

Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this position is responsible for primarily handling a full range of the Family Law case. The position will also include representation of clients in Public Benefits issues.

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • 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; and
  • Participate in activities of community-based organizations and Bar Association activities.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree and a member in good standing of the California Bar or membership to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
  • 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;
  • Excellent negotiation and organizational skills;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Good client skills and comfort working with indigent clients;
  • Desire to learn as well as share knowledge with other team members;
  • Work well as part of a team, but also be able to work independently;

Preferred, but Not Necessary Qualifications for Consideration:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish skills; and
  • Knowledge of and experience with trauma-informed lawyering preferred.

 

Benefits:

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.

 

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

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Staff Attorney – Public Benefits

POSITION: Staff Attorney – Public Benefits

LOCATION: Santa Ana

SUPERVISOR: Directing Attorney

WAGE RANGE: $53,215 to $89,190 depending on experience

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full Time, Exempt Position

 

About Community Legal Aid SoCal

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958. CLA SoCal is dedicated to meeting the legal needs of low-income people throughout Orange and Southeast Los Angeles Counties. 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.

 

Job Overview

CLA SoCal seeks an energetic, motivated, compassionate, personable and effective Staff Attorney to be part of the Santa Ana Office. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest law and serving low-income individuals.

Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, this position is responsible for handling a full range of Public Benefits cases.

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Handle active personal caseload of full-representation cases;
  • Conduct client interviews, negotiation, settlement, trial and appeal of cases in State and Federal Courts;
  • Provide direct legal services to low-income individuals who have been denied, terminated from, or had reduced essential safety net benefits;
  • 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; and
  • Participate in activities of community-based organizations and Bar Association activities.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree and a member in good standing of the California Bar or membership to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
  • 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;
  • Excellent negotiation and organizational skills;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Good client skills and comfort working with indigent clients;
  • Desire to learn as well as share knowledge with other team members;
  • Work well as part of a team, but also be able to work independently;

Preferred, but Not Necessary Qualifications for Consideration:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish skills; and
  • Knowledge of and experience with trauma-informed lawyering
  • Experience defending families and 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).

 

Benefits:

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.

 

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

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Staff Attorney - Immigration

POSITION: Staff Attorney – Immigration    

SUPERVISOR: Supervising Attorney                                    

WAGE RANGE: $59,005.00 to $89,190.00

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time Salary/ Exempt

LOCATION: Santa Ana or Southeast Los Angeles Offices

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 with two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate Immigration Attorney who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers applicants with experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

 

The Immigration Staff Attorney reports to the Immigration Supervising Attorney and may also work closely with other law teams such as Family Law. The immigration attorney will be primarily located in one office, but may have some limited clients in both Orange County and Southeast Los Angeles. The Immigration Staff Attorney is responsible for offering a holistic approach to client care to include evaluation, advice, counsel and representation. Caseloads will include direct representation, impact litigations, and policy advocacy. The right candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to serving vulnerable immigrant communities and survivors of domestic abuse both empathetically and effectively.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide direct legal services to victims of domestic violence, trafficking and other serious crimes in immigration matters including Adjustment of Status Applications, U-VISAS, T-VISAS, VAWA Petitions, Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Naturalizations, and Removal Defense;
  • Develop appropriate outreach materials and disseminate information about rights and benefits available to the immigrant community, including victims of domestic violence, trafficking and other serious crimes;
  • Identify significant legal needs facing client community in the immigration and work with the immigration team to develop plans, including litigation and policy, to address those needs;
  • Outreach to immigrant communities;
  • Conduct trainings and outreach to community-based organizations 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 meetings to assure appropriate and efficient coverage of services;
  • Ensure grant deliverables are met under various funding grants and to prepare all necessary narratives and reports for grant funding; and
  • In conjunction with Supervising Attorney, recruit, train, and supervise volunteer attorneys and law students.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with immigration law and related work
  • Active and good standing with the California State Bar
  • Administrative experience in immigration matter before government agencies such as USCIS and EOIR
  • Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and related immigration law
  • Ability to meet grant deliverables and prepare grant reports
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends to attend community events, outreach and engagement, hold and assist with legal clinics

 

PREFERRED, BUT NOT NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

 

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 Ebony Dailey at humanresources@clsocal.org.

If you have any questions regarding duties, responsibilities and salaries for this position, please see Ebony Dailey.  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 Ebony Dailey at humanresources@clsocal.org.

Position is open until filled.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Intake Paralegal (Part-Time)

POSITION: Intake Paralegal

SUPERVISOR: Intake Supervising Attorney

WAGE RANGE: $16.54/hour to $18.34/hour

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Regular, Part-Time

LOCATION: Santa Ana, CA

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 with  two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks a motivated, compassionate, and well-organized individual to work on its Hotline, and conduct outreach and intake at off-site events and clinics. Our Hotline at CLA SoCal received over 100 calls per day. Our preferred candidate will have the ability to work in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.

 

The Hotline Intake Paralegal reports to the Intake Supervising Attorney and will also work closely with attorneys and paralegals in our offices. The Hotline Intake Paralegal is responsible for being one of the initial points of contact in the support of legal services offered to our clients.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Screen clients for eligibility and obtain demographic information
  • Able to complete client intakes over the telephone and enter the appropriate data into legal database
  • Determine and document legal problems and relay advice and counsel given by attorney to eligible clients over the phone
  • Analyze legal issues, issue spot, and draft advice and recommendations for attorney review
  • Assist attorneys with follow-up calls, drafting letters and other documents
  • Assist with outreach
  • Conduct in-person intake at the office or off-site clinics or outreach
  • Assist other staff with translation for office appointments
  • Follow compliance policies and procedures for client intake

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of one (1) year full-time experience working in a call center and utilizing a computer.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Paralegal Certificate preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or Vietnamese highly preferred.
  • Must type 30 wpm.
  • Reliable team player and multitasker.
  • Great organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to learn data entry techniques and use technology to communicate with our staff and/or clients.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others. Ability to handle difficult and stressful client situations. Ability to understand, relate to, and communicate with people.
  • Travel regularly to CLA SoCal partner facilities to conduct client intake prepare legal forms and client declarations.
  • 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 Ebony Dailey at humanresources@clsocal.org.

If you have any questions regarding duties, responsibilities and salaries for this position, please see Ebony Dailey.  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 Ebony Dailey at humanresources@clsocal.org.

 

Position is open until filled.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

Payroll Specialist

POSITION: Payroll Specialist

SUPERVISOR: Director of Finance (dotted line to Human Resources Manager)

WAGE RANGE: $20.18/ hour to $26.12/hour; compensation based on experience

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time, Non-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 two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate Administrative Assistant 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 Payroll Specialist reports to the Director of Finance and will also work closely with the Human Resources Manager. The Payroll Specialist is responsible for using their strong knowledge of and hands-on experience of ADP Workforce Now to process payroll and maintain the organization’s Payroll and HRIS Systems.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responsible for the oversight and management of related employee pay data and records within payroll system.
  • Ensure the timely and accurate processing of CA-state only payroll for over 150 employees by managing process workflow.
  • Responsible for accurately maintaining Payroll files and records in a timely manner to include all paid time off balances, leaves of absence, promotions, transfers, salary changes, etc.
  • Responsible for tracking and deducting all garnishment, benefits, and other payroll deductions.
  • Maintain processes and audit trails for all payroll transactions, I-9, garnishments, etc.
  • Provide service to all employees regarding concerns with payroll to include the research and troubleshooting within the payroll system
  • Responsible for collaborating with Human Resources for the procedural implementation of wage and hour laws, as well as, company policies as they relate to payroll-related matters.
  • Coordinate with the Finance Team and Human Resources and prepare reports to ensure proper recording and coding of all payroll-related expenses (salary, hourly rates, 401(k), benefits, vacation accruals, etc.).
  • Coordinate with the Finance Team to ensure COBRA compliance.
  • Process accurate and timely year-end reporting when necessary for W-2 and 1099.
  • Comply with Federal, State, and local taxation and regulatory filings.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience in Human Resources, Payroll, Accounting, and/or Finance.
  • Hands-on experience with ADP Workforce Now payroll system preferred (experience with Workday, UltiPro, Paycom and Paychex is acceptable).
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills. Bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, and/or Mandarin is preferred, but not necessary.
  • Knowledge of CA Wage and Hour Laws required.
  • Broad knowledge of HR policies and procedures.
  • Experience in implementing HR systems a plus, but not necessary
  • Strong ability to work in a highly sensitive and confidential environment.
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational, time-management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Detail-oriented; ability to manage conflicting priorities and to adjust priorities on a daily basis.

 

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 Ebony Dailey at humanresources@clsocal.org.

If you have any questions regarding duties, responsibilities and salaries for this position, please see Ebony Dailey.  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 Ebony Dailey at humanresources@clsocal.org.

 

Position is open until filled.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

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