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Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a nonprofit public interest 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.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit law firm serving the 22 parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin. We have offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma and New Orleans. We provide free civil legal aid to low-income households.


SLLS is currently seeking an INTAKE/OUTREACH SPECIALIST for HOUSING, Jefferson Parish

This position will serve Jefferson Parish and will be for one year to help support the surge in demand in evictions and landlord-tenant disputes.

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Client eligibility screening and intake for housing clients for telephone, scheduled in-person appointments, and walk-ins.
  • Data entry into required case management system and assistance with grant reporting.
  • Client referrals to non-legal resources.
  • Engaging in other community outreach to unstably housed people in the New Orleans service area including resource fairs, city events for tenants, partner resource events, and other community activities.
  • Providing administrative support functions to the office/Housing Unit including returning phone calls, creating files, assisting with mail, and other general support.

This position will be full-time with a salary range of $25,200-$35,600, depending on experience. Additional compensation for bilingualism, commissioned notary, or college degree.

To apply, send a resume to Shannan Latino, Human Resources Manager, at slatino@slls.org by Friday, December 3, 2021.


SLLS seeks a diverse and dynamic applicant for a two-year, full-time attorney position at our Baton Rouge office as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Disaster Resilience Program.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a non-profit law firm serving the 22 parishes east of the Atchafalaya basin. We have offices in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Harvey, Houma and New Orleans. We provide free civil legal aid to low-income households.

SLLS has been selected by Equal Justice Works as an implementing partner of Equal Justice Works’ Disaster Resilience Program. Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. The Disaster Resilience Program is a national, professional Fellowship program for attorneys designed to mobilize legal aid in disaster prone areas to ensure vital legal services are accessible, comprehensive, and responsive to the unique needs of individuals, families, and communities to stabilize lives and rebuild more resilient communities. The program is funded by private and foundation donors and supplemented by Equal Justice Works.

An Equal Justice Works Fellowship is an opportunity to transform your passion for equal justice into a career. As a Disaster Resilience Fellow, you will be part of a prestigious cohort of 14 attorneys hosted by legal services organizations across the United States. All Fellows will provide direct legal services and assistance to underserved communities who are most in need or facing special barriers to accessing services before, during and after a disaster. In addition to providing direct legal services, Fellows will conduct outreach and education presentations to communities and community organizations to increase disaster preparedness and resilience.

As a Fellow, you will develop experience and skills to be a leader in social justice while contributing to a broader community of practice serving disaster survivors and individuals living in disaster prone areas. As a cohort, Fellows are expected to actively participate in peer-to-peer learning and required trainings delivered by Equal Justice Works and training partners throughout the year.  In addition, Fellows will attend Equal Justice Works’ Leadership Development Training in October 2022 and 2023 and the American Bar Association’s Equal Justice Conference in Spring 2022.

The selected Fellow will be employed by SLLS to fulfill all fellowship duties at a local level. The Fellow will report to their supervising attorney for day-to-day supervision, mentoring and performance evaluation.

Fellowship responsibilities include

  • Providing direct legal services addressing civil legal issues that arise from COVID-19 and natural disasters to communities affected by disasters – legal screening, advice, brief service, full-scope representation, and pro bono assistance through legal clinics and referrals.
    • Fellows in Louisiana should focus their project plan around equitable disaster recovery in the face of COVID-19 with an emphasis on assisting individuals and families in avoiding evictions.
  • Building key stakeholder relationships in furtherance of the Fellowship objectives; creating, fostering, and cultivating partnerships among the disaster legal community, disaster legal services providers and community social services providers.
  • Strategizing, planning and conducting training and outreach to communities and community organizations, including contributing to Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Awareness Month (March 2022 and 2023); sharing information and resources for disaster survivors and attorneys supporting communities affected by disasters; engaging in peer-to-peer learning with Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Fellows across the country.
  • Actively contributing to and participating in Disaster Resilience Program cohort activities (resource exchanges; mandatory webinars and conference calls; and training events, including Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in fall 2022 and 2023.
  • Exercising leadership competencies as an Equal Justice Works Fellow.
  • Contributing to required programmatic reporting and overall program evaluation.

Qualifications

Candidates will possess the following qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Louisiana.
  • Previous legal services experience, including civil legal aid, law school clinics, and/or internships. Disaster related legal experience a plus.
  • Proven leadership skills with a strong work ethic.
  • Demonstrate commitment to social justice, with a desire to increase access to justice for disaster survivors and achieve results.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication. Experience with delivering training and presentations a plus.
  • Alignment with Equal Justice Works and the SLLS mission and vision.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • An ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting to facilitate a coordinated community response and provide holistic services to clients.
  •  Please note all Fellows are expected to fulfill the complete duration of the Fellowship and will be required to sign a Fellowship Agreement with Equal Justice Works.

Salary and Other Benefits

The Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Program attorney will receive an annual salary and health insurance and other benefits through SLLS.

Starting salary for a full time staff attorney is $46,000 which increases depending on experience. Bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

To apply, send a resume to Shannan Latino, Human Resources Manager, at slatino@slls.org by Friday, December 3, 2021.

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.


SLLS anticipates hiring two Intake Specialists in Baton Rouge.

Duties will include:

  • Client eligibility screening and intake for clients for telephone, scheduled in-person appointments, and walk-ins.
  • Providing administrative support functions including returning phone calls, creating files, assisting with mail, and other general support.

The selected staff members will work in the SLLS Baton Rouge office Monday - Friday. This position will be full-time with a salary range of $25,200-$35,600, depending on experience. Additional compensation for bilingualism, commissioned notary, or college degree.

To apply, send a resume to Shannan Latino, Human Resources Manager at slatino@slls.org by Sunday, December 12, 2021.


SLLS will be seeking a DISASTER TITLE CLEARING PROJECT STAFF ATTORNEY

The position will be in the New Orleans office for the Disaster Title Clearing Project funded under AARP and will be for 18 months with the possibility for 3 years.

The ideal candidate 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.

Full-time staff attorney positions require admission to practice law in Louisiana. Starting salary for a full time staff attorney is $46,000 which increases depending on experience. Bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

To apply, send a resume to Shannan Latino, Human Resources Manager, at slatino@slls.org by Sunday, December 12, 2021.


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