Staff Attorney, Economic Justice Project

  • Job posted by Sanctuary for Families

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


The Staff Attorney will primarily handle housing matters such as non-payment cases, holdovers, illegal lockouts, and HP actions in the housing courts of the five boroughs of New York City, lease termination matters, and legal advocacy on public housing, housing subsidies, and public benefits. The Staff Attorney will also provide civil legal screenings at the Brooklyn Family Justice Center and represent clients on some family law matters.

  • Represents victims of domestic violence and trafficking in housing court actions and other forums, including Article 78 proceedings in Supreme Court;
  • Represents victims of domestic violence in lease termination actions;
  • Represents victims of domestic violence and trafficking in family law matters;
  • Provides legal advocacy for clients in public housing, housing subsidy, and public benefits administrative proceedings;
  • Provides legal assistance and consultations to pro se litigants in housing and family law matters;
  • screens, advises, and advocates for clients in legal and non-legal forums;
  • Represents Sanctuary for Families on task forces and other political and advocacy; committees outside the agency and at community events;
  • Trains law students, pro bono attorneys, and Sanctuary staff;
  • Attends and participates in interagency conferences and legal/ bar association committee meetings to keep abreast of developments in the areas of pro bono, domestic violence, and housing law;
  • Facilitates clients' access to intra-agency and outside resources, and administers provision of direct financial assistance and donations to clients;
  • Develops and conducts outreaches to underserved communities;
  • Maintains statistics relating to client services for grant reporting purposes;
  • Performs any other department or agency-related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor.

  • JD and Admission to the NY Bar;
  • Prior housing law and/or family law knowledge and experience preferred;
  • Fluency in a second language preferred;
  • Strong computer skills;
  • Good public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to multi-task and balance complicated cases;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Ability to cooperate well with diverse people and institutions;
  • Sensitivity to issues of cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity with strong lawyering, advocacy, and leadership skills to provide zealous, knowledgeable legal advocacy to domestic violence victims and other victims of gender-based violence;
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of gender-based oppression and a strong motivation to combat gender-based violence.

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


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