- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Legal Services of Northern California full-timeRecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEORecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
1) Locations in Northern California are good. There is a lot of work and a variety of work to be done where each LSNC office is located so that is good. The good thing about LSNC is you can take on different types of cases depending on the role you were hired for. 3) There are good training opportunities for attorneys. 4) LSNC is not the very worst (with profesional development) like some other NorCal legal services organization where people do not care at all about your talents/goals/professional direction, but you have to look out for yourself and find your place/connect with a manager to ensure you will have a spot when the going gets tough and that you will be going in a useful direction (just like private practice).
1) Some attorneys hired do not have the same mission/goals/values and are able to coast through their caseload while really showing minimal interest or care about the clients. Better vetting is needed before they are permitted to serve the clients alongside attorneys who live for public interest.
2) Management should stay abreast of where resources are and those resources should be allocated and monitored for re-allocation once in a while (e.g. support staff, funding, support centers). 3) All attorneys should be expected to roll up their sleeves and have mimimal competency with respect to public interest work.
Advice to Management
1) Invest in young attorneys - build their skills and connect them with management and curent litigation so they have a better idea of what the organization really accomplishes. 2) Monitor managers to ensure they are not too disconnected from client and staff needs. 3) There is too much triaging done on the daily at the expense of litigation - this probably has improved. 4) There needs to be a development track that starts early to retain talent and mold them into tomorrow's leaders. 5) Look out for staff members especially since many offices in the organization as a whole have been in a state of flux for the past few years. Support staff and good relationships/communication are key to a a successfully run office.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Legal Services of Northern California (Sacramento, CA) in August 2012.
First, you apply for a fellowship sponsorship opportunity per the announcement, by emailing the Deputy Director. Then, you wait to hear if you are selected for an interview, an assistant sent an email with time slots to choose from. It appeared by the number of time slots available around 5-10 people were interviewed, presumably mostly over the phone. Next, the interview. Then, they will get back with folks in about a week. Last, the person selected will be paired with a staff person to create the project summary for Skadden or Equal Justice Works for funding.
WARNING: LSNC has not gotten a EJW fellow in the last two years, so it is possible the person who is selected for this opportunity with still not be funded, which they won't know about until January probably. Just be prepared with a Plan B.
- The two interviewers were pretty to the point. A common question they asked (if you are used to the field) is about your experience with poverty. If you are unfamiliar with this from non-profits that work on poverty, be sure to plan an answer if asked a question along those lines. Answer Question
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