Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Staff Attorney - Workers Rights

Position Summary: As part of our Impact Litigation Unit and under the direction of the Supervising Attorney, the Staff Attorney – Workers’ Rights is responsible for performing client counseling and representation duties.  The Staff Attorney meets with and advises clients of legal rights and issues, conducts legal research and writing, prepares court forms, and performs other legal duties.  In addition, the Staff Attorney conducts Community Outreach and Education work, such as working with clients and their communities to organize meetings, workshops, and rallies.  
Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Client Counseling and Representation
  • Meet with and advise clients of legal rights and issues as they relate to Federal and State employment law matters
  • Conduct legal research and writing in response to client needs
  • Prepare court forms and other documents on behalf of clients
  • Represent clients in depositions, hearings, and court or administrative proceedings
  • Research, analyze, draft and applicate policy/legislation
  • Participate in the development and implementation of annual practice work plan
  • Work with Supervising Attorney to meet funding and reporting requirements
  • Coordinate client services with other attorneys 
  • Community Outreach and Education
  • Work with clients and their communities organizing meetings, workshops, and rallies
  • Collaborate with community partner organizations
  • Train volunteers and Pro-Bono attorneys to serve clients and communities
  • Other Duties as Assigned
Education and Minimum Work Experience
  • Juris Doctorate and an active member in good standing with the California State Bar
  • Minimum three years of extensive and varied impact litigation experience, including as lead litigator with co-counsel, and preferably  with background in addressing social justice issues
  • Minimum three years of experience of employment law related client representation
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. 
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. 
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. 
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.  The ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively
Compensation/Benefits: Salary will be negotiated, depending on experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance with retirement plan. Parking provided.
Agency Description: 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice - LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice. Advancing Justice–LA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.