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Staff Attorney Housing

Company: COMMUNITY LEGAL AID SOCAL
Location: Santa Ana
Posted on: May 4, 2022

Job Description:

WAGE RANGE: $70,000 to $91,866.11 per annum (Depending on Experience) CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate individual who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. The Housing Staff Attorney will work as a member of the housing team to serve and represent low-income and senior tenants who are facing eviction. This full-time exempt position reports to the Supervising Attorney.RESPONSIBILITIES


  • Engage in policy advocacy 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.
  • Represent clients, counsel, and advise clients in legal matters. Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).
  • Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients.
  • Engage in case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.
  • Research and write pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents.
  • Engage in negotiation and settlement discussions with adverse parties and their legal representatives.
  • Engage in policy advocacy, coordinate, and collaborate in policy campaigns with partner community-based organizations to improve systemic issues.
  • Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials.
  • Direct and supervise the legal work of paralegal and law students, interns, and volunteers.
  • Work with a multi-cultural perspective of inclusion and diversity.
  • Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the organization.


    • Juris Doctor degree and an active member in good standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
    • Strong personal work ethic, initiative, and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to spot legal issues and comfort with providing real-time counsel & advice.
    • Strong interpersonal skill, client communication skills and comfort working with indigent clients.
    • Articulate, creative, and passionate advocate with excellent written and oral communication skills, and problem-solving skills.
    • Strong personal work ethic, initiative, and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
    • Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams) and document preparation software.
    • Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
    • Ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks.
    • Proven interest in social justice issues.
    • Valid driver's license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy or other ability to travel frequently in and around the service area for representation and to engage with clients and community partners.
    • Prior legal services advocacy experience - Preferred
    • Bilingual proficiency - Preferred


      What We Offer
      Our staff members work 35-hour week, and we offer a flexible and hybrid work schedule. Some positions may work beyond a 35-hour week, including evening and weekend meetings and events, when caseload or other obligations so necessitate. We also offer an outstanding benefit package which includes medical/dental/vision, 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. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who can prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.
      Working Conditions
      The position requires working with individuals during moments of extreme stress and instability. The position also requires the provision of culturally sensitive and empathetic services. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment before date of hire.
      About Community Legal Aid
      Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a diverse non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the legal needs of low-income residents and seniors throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties. We focus on removing barriers to equitable access and provide compassionate, high-quality legal aid. Employees are offered professional development and growth opportunities, a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative team spirit.
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Keywords: COMMUNITY LEGAL AID SOCAL, Santa Ana , Staff Attorney Housing, Legal , Santa Ana, California

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