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 Project: Stay Housed Los Angeles is a new project to bring much needed eviction defense resources to tenants in Los Angeles City Communities and may be the first steps towards a “Right to Counsel” for tenant eviction defense. The team will work in collaboration with other internal and external eviction defense projects as well as a multi-organizational coalition.
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Volunteer Coordinator.
NOTE – This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond December 31, 2021.
• Active membership in the California State Bar;
• Minimum of three years’ experience in legal services, including broad experience in project management, client interviewing and advocacy, legal research, drafting and negotiation;
• Preferred background in housing or unlawful detainer law;
• Understanding of the pro bono “systems” in California (i.e., the manner in which private law attorneys are connected to low-income clients preferred);
• Ability to work independently and exercise resourcefulness in preparation and execution of projects and tasks;
• Excellent writing, analytical, organizational, and oral presentation skills; ability to advocate persuasively for the program’s mission;
• Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully; maintain positive relations with diverse populations and with stakeholders;
• Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail, show initiative, and manage time effectively;
• Ability to collect, analyze and summarize data for project planning and reporting;
• Computer literate; knowledgeable of Microsoft Office products such as Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint;
• Willingness and ability to travel offsite; and
• 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 or other obligations so necessitate.
• Support partnership with Right to Counsel coalition of legal service providers and community based organizations;
• Assess legal cases and projects with workgroup attorneys and Pro Bono team for engagement with pro bono partners;
• Work with staff to create and implement pro bono projects to attract attorneys, law students and other volunteers to Stay Housed LA;
• Work with Pro Bono Team to recruit and expand network of volunteers available to support Right to Counsel pro bono opportunities;
• Work with staff to develop, coordinate, and support in-person and online pro bono substantive legal trainings with LAFLA staff and broader legal community;
• Help develop substantive legal guides and resources for projects;
• Work with staff to develop and coordinate Right to Counsel remote legal videoconference clinics; and
• Help implement internal systems related to pro bono recruitment, case tracking, and reporting.
Please submit a cover letter and resume online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Volunteer Coordinator ” in the subject line.
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. Employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD – A one-year 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.