Staff Attorney-SAFE
Job Details
LA Office - Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
Graduate Degree
$60,724.00 - $86,532.00 Salary/year
Up to 25%
Day
Legal

SALARY IS NEGOTIABLE  

ELIGIBLE FOR SIGNING BONUS ! ! 

We are looking for an experienced Staff Attorney to join our SAFE team in Los Angeles.

WHO WE ARE

We are the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services, and education and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. We serve more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year, focusing on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice. With our Advancing Justice affiliates in Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., we enrich, enhance, and serve our communities all across the country.

The Survivor and Family Empowerment (“SAFE”) Project assists low-income and limited-English speaking survivors of domestic violence with family law services, immigrant survivors of domestic violence and their children are vulnerable to abuse because of language issues, lack of financial resources, fear of authority and law enforcement, and unfamiliarity with the American legal system.

SAFE bilingual legal advocates focus on providing legal assistance including drafting legal documents and legal representation in courts to domestic violence survivors with family law and immigration issues.  The assistance include obtaining restraining orders, child custody and support orders, divorce and paternity cases. SAFE also assists survivors gain legal status without relying on their abuser through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or the U-Visa, designed to help victims of crime.

SAFE provides monthly legal clinics and seminar/webinar to provide community education and services. 

 
WHAT WE BRING

  • The special opportunity to join a mission driven team
  • Flexible, hybrid work schedules
  • Rich medical, dental and vision benefits
  • Retirement options through 403B and match
  • Referral and Signing bonuses

WHO YOU ARE

You share our mission of advocacy for Asian Pacific Americans. You enjoy the thrill of serving the public interest while championing civil rights and social justice. You take pride in your work enriching lives and communities in Los Angeles and across the country. You are looking for your next role in an organization that supports your career as much as you support the organization and its goals. You are looking for a job where you make a difference, and your impact is directly proportional to your contribution. You are a game changer. You are a leader. You are an advocate.

WHAT YOU BRING

  • J.D. and must be an active member in good standing with the California State Bar within 7 months of hire date
  • Minimum of one (1) year of related family law experience; 3 years preferred
  • Bilingual or biliterate in at least one Asian language strongly preferred (Chinese, Korean, Thai, Tagalog, or Vietnamese)
  • Dedication to serving immigrant communities and a sincere commitment to working on behalf of low-income immigrants
  • Valid driver's license and/or access to alternative means of transportation

ABOUT THE ROLE

Under the direction of the Program Director, the Staff Attorney is responsible for coordinating and providing family law legal assistance, with a focus on serving domestic violence survivors. The SAFE Project focuses on assisting domestic violence survivors with family law matters, as well the indigent and limited-English proficient immigrant community. The pay range is between $60,724 to $86,532.  This position is covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Your day-to-day typically includes:

70% Client Support

  • Handle a variety of family law cases, including domestic violence restraining orders, dissolution of marriage cases, parentage cases, child custody and child support hearings, and other related family law matters  
  • Provide direct legal services to low-income clients in a variety of family law cases, including domestic violence restraining orders, dissolution, paternity, child custody/visitation, child support, spousal support, and other related family law matters  
  • Counsel and advise clients on their legal rights, prepare court forms and documents, draft declarations, and conduct legal research and writing including memorandum of points and authorities 
  • Provide court representation 

25% Community Education

  • Recruit, train, and mentor pro bono attorneys, law students, and other volunteers 
  • Coordinate client services with legal interns, legal assistant/advocate, pro bono attorneys and partner social service agencies 
  • Coordinate and conduct education and outreach presentations at community forums and trainings 
  • Develop and revise unit material including training manual and client brochures 
  • Conduct community legal clinics 

5% Other Duties as Assigned 

  • Produce periodic progress reports to funders 
  • All other duties as assigned

To apply for this role, please visit our website - https://advancingjustice-la.org/careers/ 

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