Attorney-housing and Communities Workgroup
Are you interested in joining an organization dedicated to increasing access to justice while addressing systemic inequities among the most vulnerable members of the Greater Los Angeles area? If yes, LAFLA is the place for you!
The Organization: LAFLA is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved—leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system. With more than 90 years of service, LAFLA is the first and most experienced legal aid organization in Greater Los Angeles. LAFLA has more than 170 employees, including more than 80 attorneys, who provide free services and resources on a broad range of civil legal issues that impact healthy, safety, and self-sufficiency. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people find their voice, regain control of their lives, and build a brighter future. Our unique combination of neighborhood offices, self-help centers at courthouses, and domestic violence clinics puts LAFLA on the frontlines in communities at the forefront of change. LAFLA also engages in impact litigation to help enact long-term systemic change—actively collaborating with a network of public and private partners to expand access to justice, identify needs in the communities we serve, and change laws and policies that adversely affect the underserved. For more information, please visit www.lafla.org
The Housing and Communities Workgroup prevents unfair displacement and preserves and expands affordable housing. It also defends the rights of unhoused individuals and families, and provides legal support to community-based organizations seeking to build healthy, economically vibrant communities.`
The Project: The Mobile Home Advocacy Collaborative provides comprehensive legal assistance to vulnerable mobile
homeowners at risk of losing their housing. In collaboration with other legal service providers, LAFLA provides representation on issues arising out of landlord/tenant disputes and/or unlawful detainer actions under the Mobile Home Residency Law Act (and provide virtual community education and know your rights workshops.
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Attorney.
• Active membership in the California State Bar;
• Five to eight years of experience as an attorney preferred, though applications from a range of experienced attorneys, including those with judicial clerkships, will be considered;
• Litigation experience in Superior and Federal Courts;
• Demonstrated knowledge of at least one of three key substantive areas: housing, civil rights or community economic development;
• Public policy advocacy and/or community lawyering experience is considered a plus;
• Excellent written and verbal communication;
• Experience with diverse client population and a commitment to promoting anti-racism;
• Experience handling a variety of legal matters impacting poor and low income populations;
• Ability to manage multiple active cases simultaneously;
• Bilingual in Spanish a plus; and
• Willingness to work beyond a minimum 7.0 hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events, and workweeks in excess of 35 hours when caseload or other obligations so necessitate.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
• Serve as lead counsel on cases that include complex advocacy and direct services, commensurate with experience;
• Develop case strategies and work plans for matters assigned;
• Draft pleadings, legal documents, trial memoranda, appellate briefs and community education materials;
• Actively participate in community groups and coalitions on issues, such as systemic racism, impacting service-eligible populations;
• Investigate, develop and litigate high-impact cases at the trial and appellate level in federal and state courts; and
• Work on public policy issues impacting low income individuals and communities including issues of systemic racism.