Jun 12, 2019

Paralegal – Homeless Prevention

  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Legal Homelessness

Job Description

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is the frontline law firm for low-income people in Los Angeles and is currently accepting applications for the position of Paralegal. LAFLA seeks to achieve equal justice for poor and low-income people in Greater Los Angeles. We change lives through direct representation, systems change, and community education.

The Organization:  LAFLA (www.LAFLA.org) 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. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people in civil legal matters by providing direct legal representation and other legal assistance for low-income people across the Greater Los Angeles region. 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 has over 100 employees with over 70 attorneys. LAFLA operates five neighborhood offices and several off-site locations. For more information, please visit www.lafla.org.

Qualifications

  • A four (4) year degree or Paralegal Certificate;
  • One (1) year relevant work experience preferred;
  • Experience in providing assistance to low-income or homeless individuals, including interviewing;
  • Prefer experience working in diverse poverty law issues;
  • Some knowledge of, landlord-tenant law, government benefits, or criminal expungement is preferred;
  • Self-motivated, takes initiative, ability to learn quickly;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Organized, with ability to work on high-volume caseload; and
  • Ability to be flexible in job duties.

Example of Duties

  • Work in conjunction with the staff attorneys;
  • Work with external case managers and social workers;
  • Interview and counsel clients on various legal issues;
  • Collect client data for grant reporting purposes; and
  • Participate in clinics and other community outreach projects;
  • Work effectively as part of a team including other attorneys, support staff, and students;
  • Ability to work effectively with staff members from outside community based organizations, government agencies, and homeless service providers;
  • Other duties as assigned.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume online to jobs@lafla.org. Include “Paralegal-Homeless Prevention” in the subject line.

Probationary Period: A nine-month probationary period will be required.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital or registered domestic partners status, or any other legally protected status.

*NOTE – This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond the period for which the funds are obtained.

Title / Level of Responsibility

Entry Level

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