Supervising Attorney - Family Law Unit

Norwalk, CA
Full Time
Exp.: 5+ Years Salary: $89,000 - $115,000 Yearly
The Supervising Attorney of the Family Law Unit (FLU) supervises attorneys and support staff who provide legal services to low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or child abuse in their family law matters. This full-time exempt position reports to the Directing Attorney.

The ideal candidate must have knowledge and experience in family law, domestic violence, and supervising, mentoring and leading a team with the ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks; with an empathetic and energetic attitude, a proven interest in social justice, a commitment to CLA SoCal’s mission, and ability to model our values (compassion, collaboration, trust, accountability, and excellence) in the performance of job duties.

  • Participate in local family law councils or domestic violence councils, and other advocacy coalitions.
  • Coordinate with Complex Litigation Unit on FLU appellate work.
  • Manage FLU’s various grants and contracts. Ensure compliance with all funding requirements, deliverables and restrictions for each grant or contract.
  • Act as the subject matter expert within the area of law supervised.
  • Supervise legal work of staff attorneys and paralegals within the unit, with flexibility to supervise staff in Southeast Los Angeles County offices.
  • Co-counsel cases as part of staff development and be responsible for training staff and overseeing their professional development.
  • Mentor and train new attorneys and paralegals within the unit.
  • Maintain a limited caseload for representation.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).
  • Responsible for setting unit priorities and implementing unit strategies to meet priorities.
  • Conduct case reviews with all unit staff attorneys at least once a month.
  • Train and supervise law students, pro bono attorneys, and other volunteers.
  • Engage in policy advocacy, coordinate, and collaborate in policy campaigns with partner community-based organizations to improve systemic issues.
  • Identify wrap-around legal services and work collaboratively with CLA SoCal’s various legal units.
  • Manage grant deliverables and assist in grant reporting requirements in collaboration with CLA SoCal Grants Management staff in order to maintain and secure funding.
  • Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the organization.

  • Family Law and Domestic Violence experience is required.
  • Must have a strong interest and background in working with survivors of domestic violence.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, motivate and lead teams.
  • Juris Doctor and active membership in good standing with the State Bar of California Bar or member of another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as an attorney in the related field or other areas of law relevant to unit practice.
  • Expertise in unit practice area and knowledge of legal research methods.
  • Experience managing, supervising, and mentoring – required.
  • Proactive approach, anticipate problems, solution-focused, and able to think on their feet.
  • High level of initiative and mature judgement in tackling multiple projects and tasks with limited supervision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Work, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) Lawyaw (or other Judicial Council Form preparation program) and other software programs.
  • Great organizational skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  • 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 - Required.
  • Bilingual proficiency – Preferred.

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