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Managing Attorney – Economic Stability Workgroup


Attorney Management –
 Managing Attorney – Economic Stability Workgroup


East Los Angeles Community Office


$109,000k – $163,000k/ annually DOE, with excellent benefits



Application Deadline:

Continuous until position is filled.

About the Position:

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. Celebrating 95 years of service to Los Angeles communities, LAFLA is the first and most experienced legal aid organization in Greater Los Angeles. LAFLA has more than 200 employees, including more than 100 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 Workgroup: The Economic Stability Workgroup (ESWG) helps people obtain benefits to fulfill basic needs (food, shelter, medical care, and services to attain self-sufficiency); fights wage theft and denial of unemployment insurance benefits; and advises on wrongful terminations and discriminatory employment practices. ESWG also helps people who cannot afford to repay their student loans due to disability or who have attended for-profit colleges that engaged in predatory, deceptive, or illegal practices.

The Position: This position will report to the Director of Community and Economic Justice.

LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Managing Attorney – ESWG.


• Active membership in the California State Bar;
• Minimum five (5) years’ experience in the practice of law, including broad experience in government benefits, student debt relief, employment law, affirmative impact litigation, policy work, lawyering skills, including client interviewing, legal research, writing, drafting, negotiation, law and motion and discovery techniques, and trial and appellate work;
• Two to three years of experience in supervising attorneys and paralegals;
• Experience in administration of a grant, reporting for grants, ensuring completion of deliverables;
• Demonstrated knowledge of applicable law and community legal needs;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail;
• Demonstrated ability to handle direct service cases and impact cases of a complex nature;
• Knowledge of principles of administration and supervision;
• Previous experience in a legal services program preferred;
• Ability to work cooperatively with staff effectively at all levels of the Foundation;
• Good people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population;
• Willingness to work beyond a minimum 7.0 hour workday, including evening and weekend meetings and events, and work weeks in excess of 35 hours when caseload so necessitates.

Examples of Duties:

• Manage attorneys and other staff members in the Economic Stability workgroup that will consist of cross-substantive areas presently including government benefits, consumer/student debt relief and employment pursuant to Foundation policies and procedures;
• Works with the Director Community and Economic Justice to ensure the Foundation’s mission is being met;
• Maintain an active caseload which consists of state and federal trial and appellate work as appropriate;
• Review all cases being filed and policy matters with Director of Community and Economic Justice;
• Make recommendations on human resources issues to the Director of Human Resources;
• In conjunction with the Chief Director Development, and the Grants and Contracts manager, participates in resource development, including management of grants, as necessary, identifying and pursuing grants and other funding;
• Supervise the maintenance of proper case files and time records;
• Work with office manager to assure smooth operation of the office;
• Cooperate with other Managing Attorneys to meet the overall goals of the Foundation;
• Maintain liaison with the client community, client community groups and non-client community groups;
• Implement LAFLA’s Performance Standards;
• Encourage advocacy staff to develop specialized knowledge in more than one substantive are of poverty law and to act as a resource for their staff;
• Conduct case review meetings to ensure that legal services provided are consistent with LAFLA’s priorities, policies and procedures, and that they maximize office resources to provide the highest quality client services.
• Contribute to the organization’s DEI plan and goals (via surveys, interviews, etc), supporting all DEI initiatives and helping to promote inclusion in a thoughtful way;
• To view LAFLA’s Commitment to DEI, please go to https://lafla.org/who-we-are/diversity-equity-inclusion-justice-at-lafla/

How to Apply:

HOW TO APPLY – Please submit a cover letter and resume online to eswgjobs@lafla.org. Include “Managing Attorney – ESWG” in the subject line.

INTRODUCTORY PERIOD – A one year introductory 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.
The organization is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. If you require reasonable accommodation as part of the application process or expect to require an accommodation if hired, please contact humanresources@lafla.org.

Benefits & Compensation

LAFLA offers a diverse environment with competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries. We also offer a generous benefits package for full-time employees including medical, dental, and vision for employees and dependents, life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan. Eligible employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend. Please visit https://lafla.org/get-involved/careers/ for our salary scale for union, non-management staff.