Employment

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit law firm serving the 22 parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin. We provide free civil legal aid to low-income households.

Our attorneys serve this region from offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gretna, Hammond, Houma, and New Orleans. SLLS has received national and local awards for its outstanding work.


TENANTS RIGHTS – NEW ORLEANS OFFICE

Our Tenants Rights Unit represents residential tenants who are struggling with housing insecurity and helps to stabilize their housing and enforce their rights for preservation. In 2022, Orleans Parish passed a city ordinance providing any residential tenant facing eviction the right to an attorney. For this purpose, the City turned to SLLS to provide quality representation to these tenants. Our Tenants Right team defends tenants against evictions, subsidy terminations, illegal lockouts, and other housing issues that might lead to displacement. Strategies to accomplish the goal of the project include direct representation, education and outreach, operation of Eviction Help Desks, social services assistance and connection to resources, as well as strategic impact advocacy. This unit partners with the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center and Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative. Our team includes attorneys, legal assistants, paralegals, and social workers. We are currently looking for the following:

STAFF ATTORNEY – TENANTS RIGHTS

Staff Attorneys handle a caseload of Orleans Parish landlord-tenant cases, including providing advice and brief services; representing clients regularly in First City and Second City Courts and assisting with staffing the Eviction Help Desks; defending against subsidy terminations; as well as, assisting with case compliance and reporting, supporting advocacy goals, and other duties as needed. This position is in the SLLS New Orleans.

The ideal attorney candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, and social service referrals.
  • Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self-motivation, dedication to serve vulnerable people, and the capacity to work well with others.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Licensed to practice law in Louisiana

These positions will be full-time with a salary range of $54,563 - $90,563, depending on experience, e.g., 0-1 years is $54,563, and 15 years is the max starting salary.

Additional compensation for bilingualism.

SLLS does offer reimbursement of moving expenses.

SLLS full-time employees are prohibited from engaging in the outside practice of law.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Shannan Latino, SLLS Human Resources Manager, at slatino@slls.org.

INTAKE SPECIALIST – TENANTS RIGHTS

An Intake Specialist serves as the first point of contact for prospective clients seeking civil legal services and contributes greatly to their first impression of the firm. They interview applicants while documenting their particular need(s) and gathering important information to help assess the firm's ability to provide services. This position works within the Tenants Rights Unit in the New Orleans office performing various functions to support the attorneys to serve clients facing eviction and housing insecurity.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School graduate.
  • Two years’ experience in legal field or public education experience in community. (Course work in related fields beyond high school can be substituted for experience).
  • Excellent communications skills. Ability to communicate with general public. Professional, friendly, courteous and sincerely interested in the client community.

This position will be full-time with a salary range of $32,625 - $49,625 depending on relevant work experience, e.g., 0-1 years is $32,625, and 15 years is the max starting salary.

Additional compensation for a commissioned notary, a paralegal certificate, a college degree (Associate/Bachelor), and fluency in one or more languages other than English which is regularly used in the position.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Shannan Latino, SLLS Human Resources Manager, at slatino@slls.org.

SUMMER LAW CLERK – RtC PROGRAM


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STAFF ATTORNEY, Baton Rouge 

This Staff Attorney will handle cases for domestic violence survivors and family law cases. 

The ideal attorney candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, and social service referrals.
  • Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self-motivation, dedication to serving vulnerable people, and the capacity to work well with others.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school

Licensed to practice law in Louisiana

These positions will be full-time with a salary range of $54,563 - $81,563, depending on experience, e.g., 0-1 years, and increases on the candidate’s experience. Fifteen years is the maximum starting salary. Additional compensation for bilingualism, the additional language must be needed for the program.

SLLS full-time employees are prohibited from engaging in the outside practice of law.

SLLS does offer reimbursement of moving expenses.

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana. Starting salary is $54,563 - $81,563, based on years of experience, e.g., 0-1 years is $50,000 and increases on the candidate’s experience. Spanish-English bilingualism receives extra compensation. 

To apply, send your resume to Shannan Latino, HR Manager, at SLatino@slls.org.


STAFF ATTORNEY – HOUSING, New Orleans

This Staff Attorney will service clients in the following parishes: Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard. Handling housing-related cases such as eviction, and assisting staff at the eviction desks.

The ideal attorney candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, and social service referrals.
  • Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self-motivation, dedication to serving vulnerable people, and the capacity to work well with others.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

J.D. or LL.B. degree from an accredited law school

Licensed to practice law in Louisiana

These positions will be full-time with a salary range of $54,563 - $81,563, depending on experience, e.g., 0-1 years, and increases on the candidate’s experience. Fifteen years is the maximum starting salary. Additional compensation for bilingualism, the additional language must be needed for the program.

SLLS full-time employees are prohibited from engaging in the outside practice of law.

SLLS does offer reimbursement of moving expenses.

To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to Shannan Latino, HR Manager, at SLatino@slls.org


CONTRACT ATTORNEY – Child in Need of Care (CINC) Unit 

SLLS is seeking CINC contract attorney(s) for up to 25 hours per week to represent children in court in abuse/neglect proceedings in the following parishes:

Terrebonne (Houma), Lafourche (Thibodaux), Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. John, St. Charles, St. James, Ascension, and Assumption.

Contract attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana and for the attorney to be in good standing with the Louisiana State Bar Association. The selected candidate must be certified to handle CINC cases which requires a six-hour training offered online and on-demand before any cases can be assigned. Additional training will be offered by SLLS and/or other partners. CINC cases are different than any other area of law and are governed by the children’s code. CINC attorneys directly represent the wishes of the child to the other parties/stakeholders in cases. Contract attorneys are paid for time spent in training, handling cases, reporting information, time spent on administrative duties, and time spent for travel back and forth to court. The hourly rate is $35 per hour for CINC attorneys. Mileage is excluded from the hourly rate. 

To apply, please send a resume to Shannan Latino at slatino@slls.org.  In an e-mail, please indicate which parish(es) you will accept CINC case referrals per the above list. 


HOUSING SOCIAL WORKER - Baton Rouge

The Housing Law Unit Social Worker provides social work services for greater Baton Rouge and Hammond tenants in collaboration with the SLLS Housing Law Unit defense team. SLLS’ Housing Law Unit provides intensive, individualized and holistic representation to clients facing eviction, termination from housing assistance programs, and/or other housing instability with the goal of preventing eviction/loss of housing, helping stabilize families, and ensuring access to safe and healthy housing. The social worker assists attorneys in diverting eviction, preventing homelessness, and supporting housing stability.

This position will be in the Baton Rouge office, meet with clients in the Hammond office, and be eligible for remote-hybrid schedule.

Qualifications required:

Must have a master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work and two years of professional direct social service experience, Licensure as a Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the array of community-based services and resources in the Baton Rouge and Hammond area.
  • Law office experience, judicial, or other legal experience

The salary range for SLLS Social Worker is $45,469 - $76,875 depending on licensure and experience. Additional compensation for fluency in one or more languages other than English and regularly used in the position.

To apply please email your resume to the SLLS H.R. Manager, Shannan Latino, at slatino@slls.org.


STAFF ATTORNEY – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS, N.O./FJC

This position will be in New Orleans at the Family Justice Center, serving domestic violence victims through a grant from the City of New Orleans. The attorney will handle protective orders, divorce, and/or custody cases for domestic violence survivors in Orleans, Lafourche, or Terrebonne Parishes. 

The ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, research, dedication to serving vulnerable people, and social service referrals.
  • Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self-motivation, and capacity to work well with others. 
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment with short-deadlines
  • Dedication to serving vulnerable people and a desire to work in a non-judgmental and holistic environment to support clients

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana. Starting salary is $54,563 - $81,563, based on years of experience, e.g., 0-1 years is $54,563 and increases on the candidate’s experience. Spanish-English bilingualism receives extra compensation.

SLLS full-time employees are prohibited from engaging in the outside practice of law.

To apply, please send your resume to Shannan Latino, slatino@slls.org


VETERANS & INNOVATIVE PROJECTS UNIT – STAFF ATTORNEY, New Orleans

Staff Attorney will provide legal representation, advocacy, and community legal education to clients living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. The new attorney will represent clients who are referred to SLLS via a medical-legal partnership with DePaul Community Health Centers (multiple locations) and via partnerships with various homeless service providers in the Greater New Orleans area. The new attorney will manage our DePaul Community Health Center Medical-Legal Partnership by conducting regular outreach at DePaul facilities, working closely with DePaul medical or social work staff, and periodically presenting to the client community or to DePaul staff about legal issues prevalent among people living with limited incomes. 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:          

Staff Attorneys supervise the support staff on work the attorney assigns to them, and as delegated by the Managing Attorney.

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana. Starting salary is $54,563 - $81,563, based on years of experience, e.g., 0-1 years is $54,563 and increases on the candidate’s experience. Spanish-English bilingualism receives extra compensation.

SLLS full-time employees are prohibited from engaging in the outside practice of law.

To apply, send a resume to Shannan Latino, Human Resources Manager, at slatino@slls.org.



At SLLS, we know our differences make us better and stronger in achieving equal access to justice and we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion to make a positive contribution to our clients, communities, and each other. SLLS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status.


Your Time

  • 20 days per year PTO (Paid Time Off)
  • 16 Paid Holidays
  • 37.5 Hourly Work Week

Your Health and Wellness

  • Employer Paid Health Plan
  • Employer Paid Short Term Disability (STD)
  • Employer Paid Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance
  • Employer Paid Family and Medical Leave
  • United Healthcare Health, Vision, and Dental Plans
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
  • FSA (Flexible Spending Account)- Health, Dependent Care & Transportation

Your Money

  • 403(b) Employer Paid 3% Retirement after 1 year
  • Student Loan Forgiveness Programs ((Participating Non-Profit)
  • Employer Paid Monthly Parking or Transit Contribution for New Orleans Staff

Your Career

  • Employer Paid Professional Society Membership
  • Employer Paid Professional Licensure Registration Fees
  • Employer Paid Legal Help Resources

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