Inner City Law Center,

Staff Attorney

Posted
1 month ago
Employment type
Full-Time
Location
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Inner City Law Center is hiring talented, dynamic lawyers to help end homelessness in Los Angeles. We are a nonprofit poverty-law firm located in the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded on the fundamental principle that every person should always be treated with dignity and respect, ICLC’s 60+ staff attorneys fight for housing justice for low-income tenants, working-poor families, people experiencing homelessness, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, and homeless veterans.

About this job

For each of our clients, we ask, “What is the pathway to long-term stable housing?” Answering that question usually leads to legal representation that either directly addresses a housing challenge (e.g., defending an eviction or suing a slumlord) or that bolsters our client’s financial situation and enables them to better afford housing (e.g., connecting a client with VA or Social Security benefits).

ICLC seeks to hire fourteen additional attorneys to:

Roles & responsibilities

•Keep families in their homes by defending low-income tenants facing eviction. This work involves fast-paced litigation in state court, including pleadings, discovery, motions, settlement negotiations, trials, and appeals.

•Connect people living with disabilities with public benefits. This work involves assisting individuals who are experiencing homelessness gain access to critical social security and other disability benefits by either providing technical assistance, training, and other support, or by representing clients in disability establishment hearings and appeals.

•Connect homeless veterans with VA benefits. This work involves helping homeless veterans with disabilities upgrade their military discharge status and navigate a complex VA benefits system.

•Sue slumlords to force them to fix up their buildings and pay damages to tenants. This work involves complex civil litigation in state court, including pleadings, discovery, motions, settlement negotiations, trials, and appeals.

•Remove other legal barriers to housing for people who are experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness. This work involves addressing whatever other legal barriers might exist to housing stability for our clients, including clearing citations and tickets, expunging criminal records, addressing reasonable accommodation issues, tackling credit/debt issues, and helping clients obtain identification documents or public benefits.

Qualifications

Hiring Criteria: Commitment to ICLC’s mission and values. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong work ethic. Excellent negotiation skills. Ability to assume responsibility quickly and work independently and as part of a team. Ability to use good judgment, multitask, and meet deadlines. Ability to interact with a wide range of people in a kind, appropriate, client-centered manner. Membership in the California Bar is required—unless you are currently awaiting bar results or are eligible to practice as a Registered Legal Aid Attorney under Rule 9.45 of the California Rules of Court. Must have a reliable form of transportation.

To apply

How to Apply: Cover letters and resumes are reviewed upon receipt. To apply, please upload your resume and a cover letter detailing why you are interested in joining ICLC directly at www.innercitylaw.org/join-our-team.

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