Non-stop rush of citizens with legal needs great companion to my family law class
Paralegal Student Intern (Former Employee) – Pomona, CA – March 12, 2013
I worked in the self help part of the courthouse through a program known as Neighborhood Legal Services. I work on helping people fill out their separation and divorce paperwork and I often had to translate English to Spanish.
Social Work Intern (Former Employee) – New Castle, PA – May 6, 2012
Although I cannot answer several rating questions noted above it is because I was an undergraduate intern. I enjoyed my position tremendously! I developed and ran a program for clients in need of social services, that program being the Comprehensive Assessment Project. I have maintained contact witht the Managing Attorney of several branches of NLSA. I learned a great deal about the legal system and the reason that NLSA is made available for those who cannot afford private counsel. The attorney's with whom I worked were very supportive of the program and very good, well educated lawyers.
Great legal services provided to people in financial need
Staff Attorney (Former Employee) – Pacoima – November 29, 2011
More management then staff, poorly organized, mismanagement of units; lots of cliques, very much like high school; productivity is low; many cases are overlooked; high volume and no attention to detail; numbers matter, not the people. Employees are overworked and if you complain, you are in line for a demotion or transfer; they have no clear/defined human resource policies (they make them up as they go) depending on who it is they are dealing with, and if you are not a "brown-noser" or a "yes man/woman" you will not last there very long. Equipment such as computer/desk, etc. is very outdated; software outdated; management favors certain employees of a particular ethnicity or employees who are friends with that particular ethnicity or culture. Management listens and entertains gossip from low-level employees and rather than investigate matters objectively (after all, they are attorneys and are supposed to be objective), they believe the "made up stories" and do not give the accused the benefit of the doubt. Much of their "assistance" is promoted to obtain financial grants-it's all politics. Heavy case loads for attorneys...very high turnover rate with employees; In a nine month span in 2005-2006 I saw 19 employees leave. If you are able, volunteer there before you apply for a job; hiring process takes forever! I had to wait 9 months before they finally hired me.
poorly managed, disorganized, tolerance 4 inept employees, located in a gang-infested neighborhood