Job Summary:
The Supervising Staff Attorney position is a full-time position based at A Largest Pro Bono Public Interest Law Firm's 610 S. Ardmore office. The Supervising Staff Attorney will oversee A Largest Pro Bono Public Interest Law Firm's Shriver Housing Project. The Shriver Housing Project is a project authorized under the Shriver Civil Counsel Act (AB 590) to demonstrate the benefits of providing counsel to clients in high-stakes civil litigation such as the possible loss of housing. Although not a pure civil Gideon project, the Shriver Housing Project assists thousands of unrepresented low-income litigants in unlawful detainer actions each year. This position will oversee a team of three or more Staff Attorneys and three paralegals dedicated to this effort.

The Supervising Staff Attorney will also help maintain and grow relationships with funders and community partners, and manage the administrative aspects of the project. This position may involve off-site clinics and workshops, and will require court appearances throughout Los Angeles County as needed. The Supervising Staff Attorney will report to HPLP's Directing Attorney.

The position has the following responsibilities:
  • Supervision of direct services staff and casework;
  • Maintaining a caseload as balanced with other supervisorial and administrative duties;
  • Training, mentoring and professional development of staff;
  • Providing litigation support to staff;
  • Collaborate with the Directing Attorney and team members to assist with program design, development, oversight and administration;
  • Grant reporting, billing, and outcome tracking;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with internal and external partners;
  • Act as a resource regarding unlawful detainer cases and other housing issues for community-based organizations and partner agencies
  • Train and provide support to pro bono volunteers;
  • Coordinating and participating in community outreach, including trainings, coalition meetings and special projects as assigned;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities
  • Juris Doctor degree and licensed in California is preferred, but will consider attorneys licensed in other state(s) willing to sit for the next California bar;
  • At least 5 years of relevant public interest law experience;
  • Civil litigation experience, including jury trial experience;
  • Excellent negotiation skills;
  • Comfort with trauma-informed legal advocacy: empathy, responsive listening, restraint from judgment, and demonstration of authentic care and concern;
  • Commitments to race equity work and community lawyering, and willingness to incorporate race equity principles and community lawyering in practice;
  • Ability to effectively supervise legal work in a fast-paced environment and high volume practice;
  • Experience managing and motivating a team;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to create a culture of feedback and continual improvement;
  • Organization skills and attention to detail;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to commute throughout Los Angeles County.

Preferred Job Skills and Abilities
  • Familiarity with unlawful detainer practice and landlord-tenant laws strongly preferred
  • Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish strongly preferred