ABOUT PUBLIC COUNSEL
Public Counsel is the nation’s largest provider of pro bono legal services. 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.
Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights & Economic Justice (“CREJ”) Project work to help create an economically just society, by providing ways for all people to thrive no matter the color of their skin, gender, sexuality, or the circumstances that they were born into. Predatory financial schemes and lending programs often prey on people with lower incomes with perverse systems of fines and fees that pile on the backs of those already struggling to get by. These systems compound on one another, trapping people in cycles of poverty that can often lead to economic devastation for entire families and communities.
Public Counsel works to disrupt these harmful systems, end the criminalization of poverty, and protect the economic security of those targeted by consumer fraud or over-burdened with debt.
Reporting to the Supervising Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney will;
- Provide direct legal services to low-income or elderly homeowners to improve or maintain their ability to preserve their homes;
- Conduct several community presentations per month across Los Angeles County on topics such as the foreclosure process, homeowners’ rights, avoiding scams, consumer debt defense, and the bankruptcy process;
- Collaborate with community based organizations to conduct outreach about legal services and financial relief to homeowners at greatest risk of foreclosure;
- Assist Directing Attorney, Supervising Staff Attorney, and team with occasional research and writing projects, and grant reporting,
- Other duties as assigned
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Admission to the California Bar;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- The ability to quickly assimilate complex case facts and good attention to detail;
- Demonstrated negotiation skills;
- Spanish-language fluency desirable;
- 1-5 years’ experience as an attorney;
- Ability to work both independently and in teams
- Interest in working in a multidisciplinary environment;
- Commitment to gender/racial/social justice and the mission of Public Counsel.
JOB TYPE AND BENEFITS
- Full-Time, Exempt position through June 2025
- 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 and compensatory time up to 40 hours per calendar year
- Parking and transit benefits
HOW TO APPLY
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.