Nonprofit
Published 27 days ago

Senior Staff Attorney - Housing Practice

On-site, Work must be performed in or near Queens County, NY

Details

Job Type:Full Time
Start Date:July 8, 2024
Application Deadline:July 5, 2024
Education:J.D. Required
Experience Level:Mid-level
Salary:USD $95,886 - $124,195 / year

Description

Queens Defenders is seeking an experienced attorney to join a dedicated team of attorneys, paralegals, housing advocates and navigators to provide 1,500 individuals facing eviction with free, high-quality legal and holistic representation in Queens Housing Court.

About Queens Defenders

Founded in 1996, Queens Defenders is a leading Public Defender Organization providing high-quality, holistic representation for indigent community members in Queens, NY - New York City’s most diverse borough and one of the most diverse locales in the world.

We give life to our mission through our core values: a commitment to fostering an inclusive, diverse, and professional environment; relentless in our pursuit of justice; unwavering in our commitment to excellence in the courtroom and in the community; client-centered and holistic in our representation, advocacy, and support services; respectful of the individuals with whom we interact.

At Queens Defenders, dedicated teams of criminal defense attorneys, immigration lawyers, housing attorneys, social workers, investigators, and client-support specialists come together to tirelessly champion justice for each and every client. Our highly skilled staff of 290, serves and positively impacts the lives of thousands of individuals annually through this collaborative and supportive approach.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is an attorney with housing court or other relevant experience who is admitted to the New York State Bar or can be admitted through reciprocity. The candidate will possess a demonstrable background in public interest work, and a commitment to the mission of Queens Defenders. We are seeking individuals with strong self-motivation, and excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. The senior staff attorney will work collaboratively with a team of attorneys, social workers, paralegals, and housing advocates and navigators. A commitment to producing high-quality work in a timely manner is essential. Familiarity with relevant housing court practice is preferred.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Appear regularly in Housing Court
  • Conduct client intake
  • Maintain a full caseload of clients
  • Work collaboratively with a supervising attorney, social workers, paralegals, and housing advocates and navigators to ensure holistic, high-quality representation

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor with 8 to 10 years or more experience of practice
  • Admission to New York Bar (or the ability to be admitted through reciprocity)
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest or pro bono work
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent litigation skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, including a managing a high caseload, and remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to work with highly confidential and privileged information
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, holistic team model
  • Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Queens Defenders values diversity and believes that a diverse staff is best placed to represent our borough, which derives its beauty from being one of the most diverse locales in the world. To best serve our clientele, model the place in which we practice, and to cultivate the best environment possible, we welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, thoughts, perspectives, and experiences. We also provide all staff members with professional development and advancement opportunities because the more diverse and inclusive we are the more collaborative and supportive we are. For more information about our office generally, please visit our website at www.queensdefenders.org.

Salary Range

Salary: $95,886 - $124,195

This posting reflects the range of potential salaries for the role. Salaries for our unionized jobs are governed by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

Queens Defenders is seeking an experienced attorney to join a dedicated team of attorneys, paralegals, housing advocates and navigators to provide 1,500 individuals facing eviction with free, high-quality legal and holistic…

Benefits

Queens Defenders believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. Benefits include: health insurance (including dental and vision insurance), FSA/HSA, generous paid time off, parental leave, disability and life insurance, and 401 (k) contributions.

Queens Defenders believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. Benefits include: health insurance (including dental and vision…

Location

On-site
148-02 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11435, USA

Apply to This Job

Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Kathleen Rende and Karan Kukreja, Co-Directors of Recruitment and Hiring at recruitment@queensdefenders.org. For more information, please visit our the “Careers” tab on our website: https://queensdefenders.org/.


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