Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law.
Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities.
The Children’s Rights Project (CRP) serves children, youth, and their families on a variety of legal issues, including education, probate legal guardianship, public benefits, and adoption. The Transition Age Youth (TAY) team is part of the larger Children’s Rights Project. TAY is an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, social workers, and advocates engaged in the direct representation of young people as it relates to the collateral consequences of having system-involvement. We provide legal services in the areas of housing advocacy, traffic ticket cases, family law services, public benefits advocacy, juvenile record sealing, and name and gender changes. Our social workers help connect our clients to community resources such as programs serving expecting and parenting youth. Our direct representation guides our work at a local and statewide level to challenge and change systems that perpetuate intergenerational system-involvement.
The TAY team seeks a full-time, entry-level staff attorney. The TAY Staff Attorney will represent youth in court, in administrative proceedings, and through informal advocacy on a variety of substantive legal issues to remove barriers to stability and success. The TAY Staff Attorney will work with social work team members to ensure youth have access to needed social service supports. The TAY staff attorney will also engage in community education, developing Know Your Rights materials, and presenting to youth and partner agencies on a variety of legal issues around the Los Angeles County. This position will primarily focus on direct representation of young people, but the attorney will have an opportunity to support the TAY program’s policy reform efforts by participating in workgroups addressing issues affecting our client population.
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
START DATE AND COMPENSATION
Continuous until position is filled.
We value lived experiences and cultural competency reflective of our client populations. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.
No phone calls please.
Public Counsel VACCINATION POLICY
Public Counsel requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including new hires. Pursuant to federal and state laws, Public Counsel will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.
Public Counsel EEO Statement
Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate against employees or prospective employees on the basis of union membership or activity, race, religious creed, religious observance, ethnicity, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or predisposition, military service, military and veteran status, pregnancy, child birth and related medical conditions, marital and family status, national origin, ancestry, age, medical conditions as defined by state or federal law, or disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.
All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
Our leadership team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.