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 THE FEDERAL Pro Se CLINIC
Public Counsel’s Federal Pro Se Clinic provides high quality legal assistance to people litigating cases in the federal district court in Los Angeles. Located at the Roybal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles, the Clinic serves the needs of a growing population of pro se litigants. The Clinic also provides a setting to connect these litigants with volunteer attorneys from major law firms. Public Counsel also takes certain meritorious cases for full representation or placement with pro bono counsel. The Federal Pro Se Clinic is part of the Consumer Rights & Economic Justice project.
This is an entry-level position.
Reporting to the Supervising Staff Attorney, the new Administrative Assistant will:
- Conduct preliminary intake interviews and gather relevant documents and information under the supervision of an attorney;
- Coordinate client appointments and volunteer attorney schedules at the Federal Pro Se Clinic;
- Provide support to Staff Attorney and Supervising Staff Attorney;
- Maintain client case files, complete data entry, and monitor outcome tracking for the Clinic;
- Assist with the development of informational materials;
- Perform various clerical duties such as record-keeping, document copying, e-filing, etc.;
- Work closely with pro se litigants, staff, and volunteer attorneys on public benefits, civil rights, and other cases; and,
- Complete other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES
? Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
? Comfortable working in a clinical setting and under pressure;
? Ability to empathize and work with clients, attorneys, and court officials of diverse backgrounds;
? Work well as part of a team, but also be able to work independently;
? Strong written and oral communication skills;
? Detail-oriented and superior organizational skills; comfortable preparing and analyzing basic statistics;
? Familiarity working with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
? Ability to commute downtown and to the mid-Wilshire area; and
? Strong oral and written communication skills (Spanish-language fluency strongly preferred)
JOB TYPE AND BENEFITS
- Full-time, Non-Exempt position. Position funded with a time-limited grant. Public Counsel seeks to renew the grant yearly.
- Starting Salary Range: $50,000-$55,000
- Public Counsel offers a competitive benefits package including:
- Medical, dental, and vision coverage with both HMO and PPO options,
- The option to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account,
- A 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and a discretionary employer contribution after a year of employment, and
- Employer-paid life insurance and disability plans.
- Generous paid time off
- 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.