Civil Practice Staff Attorney (NYCHA)

Job Type

Full Time



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Application Deadline



Headquarters: 199 Water Street
New York
United States


The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking a Staff Attorney for the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office. The staff attorney focuses on public housing termination hearings and provides representation to public housing residents facing termination of their tenancy. In the first year, these cases will all be for families where the head of household is over 62 years old. These cases can be from any borough. The staff attorney works closely with the Law Reform Unit's NYCHA Paralegal Casehandler, who does initial intakes at the NYCHA termination of tenancy location and represents tenants on cases which can be handled by a paralegal. The staff attorney also works closely with Law Reform Unit staff who are working on affirmative public housing issues. The position may require working at any location where NYCHA termination of tenancy hearings are held or at any of the BNO locations.


* Provide advice and assistance to clients

* Interview clients, review case records, and represent clients in administrative proceedings

* Provide brief service on behalf of clients before government agencies

* Conduct factual and legal research

* Participate in client outreach efforts

* Develop community education materials and conduct trainings for clients and other advocates 

* Carry out other tasks of general assistance to the NYCHA work of the Civil Housing Practice

* Conduct off-site intake as needed, including during evening hours

* Assist with complying with grant requirements


* Other duties as assigned


Brooklyn - Civil Practice Neighborhood Office


* Admission to the New York State Bar

* Experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people and immigrants is strongly desired

* Experience assisting people in crisis is desirable but not required

* Excellent written, oral advocacy, and computer skills 

* Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task

* Ability to work independently as well as in a team and to manage a large workload

* Ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations

* Proficiency in languages other than English, especially Spanish, is desirable but not required


The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.


You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, LGBTQ+ communities, Veterans, and People with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Professional Level

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Minimum Education Required

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