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 Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights
The Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights (WGR) launched in May 2017, and is Public Counsel’s newest program area. WGR seeks to advance equality, justice and economic opportunity through a combination of direct legal services, policy advocacy, community education, and impact litigation. Legal services are provided free of charge to low-income, cis- and transgender women, girls, and non-binary individuals in Los Angeles County. WGR has two main practice areas:
- Workplace Justice and Opportunity: Defending the right of low-wage workers to a safe and fair work environment free from exploitation, discrimination, and harassment; and advancing policies to combat gender discrimination and support working families.
- Equity & Empowerment in Education (Title IX): Addressing barriers to equal education, including sex and gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and campus sexual assault; advocating for student parents and students with caregiving responsibilities.
Public Counsel seeks to hire an experienced and highly motivated Staff Attorney to join the WGR team. The Staff Attorney will provide legal advice and direct representation to low-income clients and participate in gender and employment rights-related litigation. Direct services cases will focus primarily on employment rights and discrimination/sexual harassment at work. Currently, WGR is the only legal aid organization in the Los Angeles area that represents students and workers in civil rights claims involving sex discrimination and sexual harassment/assault. Our clients also present with work issues relating to disability, pregnancy and parenting rights, family leave, wrongful termination, retaliation, misclassification and wage theft.
Under the supervision of the Directing Attorney, the Staff Attorney will manage a caseload of direct services matters including advice & counsel, informal advocacy with employers/universities, DFEH and DLSE administrative complaints, and civil litigation. The Staff Attorney will work with the team’s social worker to provide holistic, trauma-informed services and referrals to WGR clients. The Attorney will also participate in WGR’s outreach, education, and legislative advocacy efforts, and support the team in developing strong partnerships in the community, and complete other job duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- 0-6 years of legal experience;
- Employment/civil rights experience preferred;
- CA bar or planning to take CA bar in August 2022;
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest work and gender/racial/economic justice;
- Fluency in Spanish or other second language preferred;
- Familiarity with California and federal anti-discrimination laws (particularly FEHA, Title VII and Title IX), experience with civil and administrative procedures;
- Excellent legal research, writing and advocacy skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team;
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively prioritize workload;
- Personal or professional experience working with low-income and/or under- represented communities;
- Commitment to trauma-informed legal services;
- Initiative, creativity, flexibility, and perseverance.
JOB TYPE and BENEFITS
- Full-Time, Exempt position
- The salary range for an attorney with 0-6 years of experience is $62,500-$73,200
- 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
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.