ABOUT PUBLIC COUNSEL
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, social, 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 & Economic Justice, 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.
ABOUT CONSUMER RIGHTS & ECONOMIC JUSTICE
Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights & Economic Justice (“CREJ”) Project is one of the oldest projects within Public Counsel. Our mission is to advance economic justice by providing legal counsel for, and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and their families, addressing inequalities in bargaining power, opposing those who take advantage of the vulnerable, and holding wrongdoers accountable.
Public Counsel’s Appellate Self-Help Clinic has been operating out of the Second District Court of Appeal since 2008. With new grant funding we are expanding the clinic from one to three days per week. The Appellate Self-Help Clinic is part of the Consumer Rights & Economic Justice (“CREJ”) Project, which also includes the Federal Pro Se Clinic.
This is a part time (3 days per week) Supervising Staff Attorney position for an attorney with Appellate Law experience; or willing to learn Appellate procedure, to advise self-represented litigants. The successful candidate will join the Consumer Rights & Economic Justice team.
The principal responsibilities will be to:
- Manage the provision of appellate self-help services in the Second District State Court of Appeal three days per week;
- Manage existing grants and ensure deliverables are accurately accounted for and reported;
- Assist the Directing Attorney in pursuing grant opportunities and assist in grant writing in relation to appellate and access to justice work;
- Directly supervise paralegal/administrative staff members and pro bono volunteers in the delivery of appellate self-help services;
- Liaise with court staff at all levels to ensure the smooth-running of clinic operations;
- Develop self-help and instructional materials for litigants, including videos;
- Assist the Directing Attorney to build up a network of pro bono contacts;
- Provide training where necessary to enable pro bonos to effectively serve self-represented litigants;
- Contribute to the team and organization as a whole by taking part in organization-wide activities, including integrating diversity, equity and inclusion policies into our work and workplace.
- Other job duties as assigned
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Admission to California Bar;
- Experience in and knowledge of appellate procedure and practice preferred;
- Interest in public interest work preferred;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as part of a team;
- Experience working with low-income, diverse ethnic groups, and non-English speaking clients desirable;
- Supervisory experience desirable;
- Spanish-language fluency desirable;
- A commitment to economic, racial, and social justice and community lawyering.
- Certified Appellate Specialists preferred.
JOB TYPE AND BENEFITS
- Part-time, Exempt position working 3 days per week
- The full-time salary will depend on experience; e.g., the salary for a Staff Attorney with 10 years of experience is $86,500 plus a Supervisor supplement of $5,000. Note: Base salary will be prorated to account for part-time status.
- This position is currently funded through 2023. Public Counsel will seek to renew the grant, though grant renewal is not guaranteed.
- This position is based at the Second District Court of Appeal in Downtown Los Angeles
- Public Counsel offers the following benefits to part-time employees working more than 20 hours:
- Holiday and sick time pay,
- After six months, part-time employees accrue vacation time, and
- A 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and a discretionary employer contribution after a year of employment.
- Parking and transit benefits
We value lived experiences and experiences working with clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.
PUBLIC COUNSEL VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
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 is generally office-based, but remote work has been permitted during the pandemic. As of June 6, 2022, all employees with Public Counsel will be required to work in the office at least one day per week, at the discretion of the head of department. This policy is subject to redesign by leadership. Public Counsel will work in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.
PUBLIC COUNSEL EEO POLICY
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.