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Managing Attorney

Company: Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
Date Posted: November 20, 2017

Summary of Position

Under the general supervision of the Policy and Legal Services Director, the Managing Attorney is responsible for supervising a comprehensive legal services program to serve the unique needs of persons trafficked for the purpose of modern day slavery. This highly responsible position manages the development, coordination and delivery of legal services to survivors of slavery and trafficking through broad based collaboration. Additionally, the Managing Attorney builds CAST’s pro bono program to amplify CAST legal service capacity. The Managing attorney may also engage in strategic litigation for systems change.  As an integral part of the Clients Services Team, the Managing Attorney promotes the philosophy, services and activities of CAST and meeting the diverse needs of the Los Angeles community.  The Managing Attorney must demonstrate a commitment to program innovation, particularly in the area of immigrant and victim rights, multi-disciplinary collaborative approaches, and culturally competent programs. Full-time, exempt position.

Essential Responsibilities

Program Development: Strengthen the infrastructure required to expand and deliver the Legal Service Program. Build relationships with legal service organizations, pro bono attorneys, federal and local law enforcement, and law schools to expand resources available to clients. Develop policies, procedures and required program documentation. Create specialized service models and tools for assessment. Develop and implement creative, alternate legal strategies to assist trafficked persons.  Develop program resources and assist in strategic planning.

Service Delivery and Coordination: Coordinate and oversee all aspects of direct legal services to clients. Develop and implement effective systems for managing case load, as well as supervising and monitoring legal caseloads handled by other attorneys or legal organizations.  Provide direct representation to a small caseload of trafficking survivors, including immigration, criminal victim-witness, and civil advocacy, including targeted impact litigation cases.  Provide supervision and case consultation to staff attorney, legal interns, and pro bono attorneys. Work closely with social services to effectively develop and implement documentation and legal case protocols as part of a comprehensive services program. Maintain client centered, high quality services including the design of a program evaluation component and data collection methods.  Manage a programmatic budget.

Supervision: Supervise 6 full-time staff attorneys, legal interns, and pro bono attorneys. Build relationships with law schools. Recruit, interview, hire, and supervise interns and volunteer attorneys. Implement and maintain review system that provides accountability for quality performance and volunteer and pro bono program development.

Additional Duties:  Identify emerging issues, legal service models and strategies by reviewing the literature, and staying abreast of developments in the field.  Participate in local coalition and taskforce efforts. Provide technical assistance to legal partners, the Los Angeles Metro Task Force, Rescue and Restore Campaign Coalition, and other networks. Contribute to policy formation and long-term planning, special events, conference/training materials, website content information and other written materials as needed. Design workshops and speak at professional conferences.  Contribute to the professional tone and approach of the organization within the constructs of the agency mission and philosophy. Develop grant application, ensure compliance with grants, and write grant reports.  Other duties as identified and assigned. 

Essential Skills and Requirements 

1.   J.D. Active membership in the California State Bar.

2.   Experience, minimum five years, at a legal services program.

3.   Experience in program design and development, implementation and evaluation, strategic planning, and program management. Experience in development and monitoring of budgets. Knowledgeable of federal funding requirements and service standards as well as program operations including intervention services, multidisciplinary response team operations, and multicultural approaches.

4.   Competence in federal/state criminal law and procedure, immigration, and civil litigation.

5.   Three years’ experience working with trafficked persons. Extensive knowledge of issues related to human rights, human trafficking, and violence against women, advocacy and policy issues for immigrant, refugee, runaway and homeless youth, and low wage worker populations.

6.    Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with trafficked persons, legal organizations, community based organizations, volunteer lawyers, and government agencies.  Ability to maintain a professional work environment and relationship with employees, co-workers, management staff and clientele.  Demonstrated sensitivity to issues involved in working with multicultural groups and organizations. 

7.   Ability to be proactive in identifying emerging trends, and to translate trends into program development and services for clients. Strong assessment skills to determine program needs and the capability to design services to respond to those needs.  Must have excellent research skills and the willingness to “go the extra mile” to shape solutions and identify resources.

8.   Demonstrated experience in coordinating a multifaceted and fast-paced program. Must be organized, flexible, multi-task and detail oriented.  Able to identify and respond to shifting priorities.  A self-starter that can work within a team environment and handle a variety of tasks with urgent deadlines.  Able to manage time effectively and make independent decisions.

9.   Ability to travel, including some overnights.  Must have own vehicle including a valid California driver’s license and insurance.

10. Willingness to abide by the mission and philosophy of CAST.

Compensation:

 Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes medical, life, sick/vacation leave, and a 403(b) plan.

 Please email cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript and list of references to info@castla.org. You can also Click Here to apply for this position. Due to the high volume of resumes received only qualified candidates will be contacted.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

 CAST is an equal opportunity employer. Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.