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.


 

CONSUMER STAFF ATTORNEY, New Orleans

This position will be in the New Orleans office handling chapter 7 bankruptcies, consumer debt matters such as bank collections, student loan discharge, and contractor fraud after a disaster.

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 or pending Louisiana bar exam result.
This position will be full-time with a salary range of $54,563 - $90,563, depending on experience. 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 resume to Shannan Latino, Human Resources Manager, at slatino@slls.org.


EXECUTIVE & STRATEGIC ADVOCACY INITIATIVE UNIT ASSISTANT, N.O.
The position will be responsible for a broad range of administrative and generalist duties to support the Executive Director, Litigation Director, and Attorney in the Strategic Advocacy Unit relieving both complex clerical and office details. Work requires independent judgment and initiative on assignments that are time-sensitive in nature. May perform special assignments such as researching information and compiling reports.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: General supervision is received from the Executive Director and Litigation Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: May be exercised over lower-level clerical employees when delegated.

MAJOR DUTIES:
Provide dedicated executive-level leadership with executive administration and support of scheduling, event coordination, and streamlining administrative processes for the Executive Director and Litigation Director.
Assisting the Litigation Director and Attorneys in the Strategic Advocacy Unit with litigation and law reform advocacy.
Independently manage and coordinate multiple assigned projects, activities, dates, and dependencies according to priorities and deadlines for the Executive Director and Litigation Director.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
High School graduate.
Two years of experience in office management. (Coursework in related fields beyond high school can be substituted for experience).
Excellent communication skills.  Ability to communicate with the general public.
Ability to read, understand, and interpret laws and regulations
Professional, friendly, courteous, and sincerely interested in the client community.
Knowledge of the local client community.
Experience with computer word processing
Familiarity with the use of office machines.
Typing 40 wpm
Law office experience preferred.
Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self-motivation, and capacity to work well with others.
This position will be full-time with a salary range of $32,625-$45,375, depending on relevant work experience. 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 resume to Shannan Latino, Human Resources Manager, at slatino@slls.org.

SUPPORT/CLERICAL STAFF, Covington

This position performs various functions to support the efforts of the office to serve clients. Job duties include handling phone calls, producing written work under the supervision of attorneys, performing various fiscal duties, and performing other tasks on a client’s case permissible for non-attorneys working under the supervision of an attorney.

This position is classified under Staff & Admin. I (SLLS 2024 Salary Scale).

MAJOR DUTIES:
Types and prepares correspondence as directed by attorneys.
Keeps a computerized appointment calendar and helps attorneys organize their time and cases.
Maintains open client files, e.g., prepares files according to firm guidelines, files all incoming documents and/or correspondence, and keeps notes in the file on any conversations with the client.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
High School graduate.
Two years of 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 the general public
Ability to read, understand, and interpret laws and regulations
Professional, friendly, courteous, and sincerely interested in the client community.
Knowledge of the local client community.
Experience with computer word processing
Familiarity with use of office machines.
Typing 40 wpm
Law office experience preferred.

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, please send your resume to Shannan Latino, HR 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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