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.

Paralegal, Complex Litigation Unit

POSITION:  Paralegal, Complex Litigation Unit

SUPERVISOR:  Supervising Attorney
WAGE RANGE:  $18.03 per hour to $28.69 per hour (Depending on experience)
JOB CLASSIFICATION:  Non-exempt (Hourly)
LOCATION:  CLA SoCal Office(s) – Santa Ana, Norwalk, Compton, or Anaheim (physical offices are currently closed due to Covid-19, but are expected to reopen)
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Open Until Filled

Organization 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.

Job Description

CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, self-motivated, knowledgeable, and compassionate paralegal to join the Complex Litigation Unit (CLU). CLU has a broad practice area, which can include civil rights, housing, disability rights, government benefits, immigration, health, and consumer law.  It seeks a paralegal who can thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced team environment and assist attorneys in all phases of litigation, ranging from pre-complaint investigation through trial and appeal.

This position will report to the Supervising Attorney of the Complex Litigation Unit. Paralegals are required to work under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney and may work under the supervision of staff attorneys and paralegals with advanced tenure and knowledge.

Responsibilities

  • Investigate factual claims, maintain client files, and collect and organize client documents and evidence.
  • Conduct outreach to potential clients and provide support to existing clients.
  • 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
  • Perform legal research, including checking citations.
  • Observe confidentiality of attorney-client
  • Maintain calendar and deadline reminder systems as
  • Track and enter time into case management software (Legal Server).
  • Assist with CLU administrative matters, including submitting expense reports.
  • Assist with grant reporting and tracking grant deliverables.
  • Other duties and projects as

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate.
  • Strong technical skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent analytical and communication
  • Reliable team player and
  • The ability to work well under pressure and coordinate several activities at once.
  • The initiative to problem-solve.
  • The capacity to meet strict deadlines.
  • Great organizational skills with keen attention to
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented
  • Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with
  • Proven interest in social justice

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual English/Spanish.
  • One year of experience as a paralegal.
  • Experience using Westlaw or Lexis Nexis.
  • Experience with the preparation of Judicial Council pleading forms.
  • Experience working with populations who have experienced trauma.

Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401(k) 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.

 

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

Position is open until filled.

Visit www.communitylegalsocal.org for more information about CLA SoCal.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Staff Attorney, Housing OR Legal Graduate, Housing

POSITION:  Staff Attorney – Housing OR Legal Graduate – Housing

SUPERVISOR:  Housing Supervising Attorney

WAGE RANGE:  $60,000 to $89,190.00 per annum (Depending on experience)

JOB CLASSIFICATION:  Regular, Exempt

LOCATION:  Santa Ana Location (physical offices are currently closed due to Covid-19, but are expected to reopen)

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

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Handle an individual caseload of 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.
  • Research and prepare pleadings and other legal documents in connection with trials, hearings, and other legal proceedings.
  • Assist clients with issues related to federally subsidized housing.
  • 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.
  • Direct and supervise 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.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

 

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 OR graduate from a law school and eligible to sit for the next California Bar Examination (time off will be given to study for the exam).
  • 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 ability to think on one’s feet.
  • 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 for court representation and 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.

 

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

Position is open until filled.

Visit www.communitylegalsocal.org for more information about CLA SoCal.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

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Case Manager, Essential Needs Assessment Team

POSITION:  Case Manager, Essential Needs Assessment Team              

SUPERVISOR:  Director of Legal Services                            

WAGE RANGE:  $42,482 to $60,983.00 per annum (Depending on experience)      

JOB CLASSIFICATION:  Temporary Full-time, Exempt (15 months)           

LOCATION:  Various Offices       

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Continuous until position is 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.

Under the supervision of Director of Legal Services, and as part of the legal team, the Essential Needs Assessment (ENAT) case manager will help vulnerable victims navigate complex systems; provide court accompaniment, support navigating community resources, social services, caregivers; and local non-profit agencies, and help coordinate trauma-responsive care among CLA SoCal legal staff. This position will help clients address the emotional trauma of these crimes, as well support them to meet their day-to-day needs.  Case manager will conduct client contact and rapport building via online platforms, including but not limited to, 8X8 and Go to Meeting.  Case Manager will also be meeting with clients in community spaces.  Additionally, the case manager will complete routine paperwork needed to ensure compliance with the ENAT project and grant deliverables.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct bio-psycho-social assessments;
  • Provide array of case management services based on needs identified in assessment, present case findings to team and reviews case records;
  • Empower clients to become involved in their individual case planning and goal setting.
  • Maintain regular contact with assigned clients/caseload as needed via client’s preferred method of communication;
  • Serve as an emotional support for client during legal proceedings;
  • Observe confidentiality and attorney-client privilege;
  • Build rapport with clients, community partners and legal team to address concerns from a case management perspective;
  • Establish meaningful and effective relationships with community partners and conduct outreach events with community partners;
  • Identify community service needs or gaps and assists in the development of needed services and improvement in the quality of services;
  • Provide referrals to community resources and services and warm handoff to community partners for additional services;
  • Provide appropriate referrals for reassessment;
  • Assess client need for transportation assistance;
  • Case Manager will be responsible for completion of case management forms;
  • Support the creation of a client-centered culture that emphasizes client’s autonomy and assists with restoring client’s power and control;
  • Monitor progress of supportive services, as well as, evaluating availability and effectiveness of supportive services;
  • Act as an advocate for clients to assure receipt of entitled services and to assure client’s rights are protected;
  • Provide case management perspective and trauma responsive education to legal team;
  • Complete administrative reports;
  • Collect data necessary to meet funding requirements and statistical reports;
  • Provide consultation and in-service training to staff;
  • Enter time and notes into LegalServer in a timely manner;
  • Travel to meet client at a safe location for services if client cannot meet at office space;
  • Provide brief crisis intervention services for clients; and
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.
  • Preferred minimum two years experience working as a case manager or in a social service setting and have prior experience working with victims of crime.
  • Must have completed a 40-hour Domestic Violence training or will complete once hired.
  • Excellent organizational and case management skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to use different modalities to connect with clients
  • Excellent communication skills including ability to relate to diverse client population via telephone and in person;
  • Motivational interviewing skills preferred;
  • Strong cultural humility skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be compassionate, firm and always maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to support client within various legal settings;
  • Ability to work well with colleagues and community allies in a variety of settings;
  • Possess a good working knowledge of and sensitivity towards individuals who have experienced extreme loss and trauma;
  • Proactive, self-motivated, resourceful/adaptable, and creative in the planning process;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and adjust quickly to changing priorities;
  • Ability to effectively resolve and cope with immediate crisis situations;
  • Working knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office, and database programs;
  • Ability to maintain strong ethical boundaries with clients and colleagues;
  • Extensive knowledge of community resources in Orange County and Los Angeles County; and
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required.

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.

 

 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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Paralegal, Public Benefits

POSITION:  Paralegal, Public Benefits

SUPERVISOR:   Supervising Attorney

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

JOB CLASSIFICATION:  Regular Full-time, Non-exempt (Hourly)

LOCATION:  Santa Ana, CA with some travel requirements (physical offices are currently closed due to Covid-19, but are expected to reopen)

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 Paralegal 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 Supervising 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. Paralegal will be covered 100% through our current  LSC and State Bar funding.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Interview clients and maintain client files.
  • Prepare legal forms, pleadings and other documents in connection with administrative law hearings, , appeals, settlements and other legal proceedings.
  • Write, edit, and finalize correspondence, memoranda and other legal documents, including drafting pre-hearing statements, briefs, complaints, requests, and objections.
  • Professional and courteous verbal communication with local branch and hearings office personnel.
  • Legal advocacy and representation in administrative law hearings.
  • 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.
  • May be required to travel to other Los Angeles County offices as necessary
  • 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).
  • Knowledge of  the administrative law process.
  • 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.

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.

 

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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Small Claims Advisor Representative

POSITION:  Small Claims Advisor Representative

SUPERVISOR:  Staff Attorney

WAGE RANGE:  $16.54 to $18.34 per hour (Depending on experience)

JOB CLASSIFICATION:  Hourly Employee

LOCATION:  Santa Ana Location (physical offices is currently closed due to Covid-19, but are expected to reopen)

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.

CLA SoCal seeks an individual for its Small Claims Court Unit and self-help services provided by the center who possesses excellent communication skills and is able to handle a large volume of calls, assist with preparation of court forms, maintain and prepare statistical reports, perform data entry and navigate the Internet (visit www.communitylegalsocal.org for more information about us).

Under the supervision of the Staff Attorney, this position must be familiar with the Small Claims Act and be able to answer questions from the public about filing claims, presenting claims, and collecting judgments, as well as assist with completing Small Claims Court forms.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • General knowledge of Business English and standard office methods and equipment;
  • One and a half years of experience in a receptionist/clerical/call center position;
  • Ability to multitask and organize work to insure maximum service to persons calling and needing assistance;
  • Ability to handle difficult client stress situations; and,
  • Knowledge of MS Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Bilingual language skills 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.

 

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

Position is open until filled.

Visit www.communitylegalsocal.org for more information about CLA SoCal.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

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