Staff Attorney, Homelessness Prevention / Eviction Defense

Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a nonprofit law firm on Skid Row. We are looking for extraordinary people to help us end homelessness in Los Angeles. Founded on the fundamental principle that every person should always be treated with dignity and respect, ICLC fights for justice for low-income tenants, working-poor families, people living with disabilities or experiencing homelessness, people living with HIV/AIDS, and homeless veterans.

Position Description: The best way to end homelessness is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Each day, in Los Angeles County, 133 people exit homelessness – but over 150 people become homeless. We must do far more to help keep precariously housed families in their homes. This new Staff Attorney position will carry a caseload of eviction defense (unlawful detainer) cases and will help expand our tenant defense work. The Staff Attorney will work with an eviction defense team including attorneys and paralegals to negotiate with opposing counsel; prepare discovery requests and responses; draft pleading motions and correspondence; negotiate settlements; conduct unlawful detainer trials; and pursue appellate remedies. In addition to carrying their own caseload, the Staff Attorney will work closely with volunteer attorneys from private law firms who are providing pro bono representation to clients facing eviction

Hiring Criteria: Commitment to ICLC’s mission and values. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong work ethic. Organized and detail oriented. 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 clients in a kind, appropriate, client-centered manner. Membership in the California Bar is required (unless you are currently awaiting bar results).

Compensation: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.

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