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Immigration Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)

 

NLSLA is one of Los Angeles County's leading public interest law offices and has been the primary legal aid program serving the cities of Burbank and Glendale and the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys for more than 50 years and the city of Pasadena and San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys since 2001. The NLSLA staff of 135+, including 50 lawyers, provides legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and groups in the areas of family law and domestic violence, housing, health care, education, public benefits, economic and job development, immigrant rights, consumer rights and environmental justice. The NLSLA headquarters is located in Glendale, CA with branch offices in Pacoima, and El Monte.

Through a combination of individual representation, high impact litigation, self-help services and public policy advocacy, NLSLA combats the immediate and long-lasting effects of poverty and expands access to health, opportunity and justice in Los Angeles’ diverse neighborhoods. Founded in response to the nation’s War on Poverty, each year NLSLA provides free assistance to more than 80,000 individuals and families through innovative projects that address the most critical needs of impoverished communities.

Position:
NLSLA is seeking a Staff Attorney for its Pacoima office. The ideal candidate will be a skillful attorney who can excel in a fast-paced, dynamic anti-poverty law practice and is capable of fiercely advocating on behalf of NLSLA clients in multiple forums. The candidate must have a demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest law and prior experience serving low-income individuals and client groups, with a sensitivity to those in crisis. The ideal candidate must possess strong research and organizational skills; the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing; and well-developed analytical skills. Of critical importance is that the candidate be self-motivated with the ability to work independently. Bilingual proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Represent survivors of domestic violence with their immigration petitions
  • Provide assistance in family law disputes and at restraining order hearings
  • Frequent travel to other NLSLA branch offices, courts, government agencies, shelters and community-based organizations throughout southern California is required


Qualifications:

  • Licensed and eligible to practice law in California
  • Three or more years of experience in immigration law and/or defending victims of domestic violence


Benefits:
The starting salary  is $60,000, and is commensurate with experience. Employees also receive an excellent benefits package which includes:

  • Choice of medical, dental, vision; life and disability insurance plans
  • 125 plan
  • 403(b) with employer contribution
  • Loan reimbursement
  • Bilingual pay supplement
  • Sick and vacation pay
  • 13 employer-paid holidays


How to Apply:
Applicant should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Elizabeth Brown, Director of Human Resources
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
1102 E. Chevy Chase Drive
Glendale, CA 91205
Fax: (818) 291-1790 E-mail: employment@nlsla.org