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Queens Supervising Attorney, Tenants’ Rights Unit

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About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.

Mission

New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers experiencing poverty or in crisis combat economic, racial, and social injustice. We address emerging and urgent needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving clients, whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality.

Values that guide us

  • We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services.
  • We strive to serve individuals and communities through a race equity lens to counteract systemic racism.
  • We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
  • We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
  • We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
  • We address our clients ’multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.
  • We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.
  • We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
  • We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.
  • We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.


Job Description:

As NYC’s Universal Access initiative continues to expand the right to counsel to all New Yorkers facing eviction in communities burdened by systemic socioeconomic barriers, NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit (“TRU”) has an exciting Supervising Attorney position in Queens to join two other Queens supervisors. We are looking for an experienced attorney with strong leadership and management skills who is passionate about asserting tenants’ rights and is ready to fight hard to defend our clients, who are primarily tenants of color threatened with eviction and displacement due to rapid development and gentrification. Our clients’ housing insecurity has only been exacerbated by the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has profoundly affected Queens’ immigrant communities and other communities of color.

You will be joining a collaborative and collegial management team consisting of 12 Supervising Attorneys, two Associate Directors, and a Director, which works closely to shape the direction of the unit, strengthen and support its litigation and advocacy, develop trainings, coach and mentor staff, and identify systemic housing issues to raise the level of practice. The ideal candidate will have some supervisory and/or leadership experience as an attorney (or in another role) and extensive experience representing NYC tenants in non-payments, holdovers, and HP Actions.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership and direction as TRU grows.
  • Train, supervise, and mentor attorneys, paralegals and interns.
  • Review and revise attorneys’ written legal work to enhance its efficacy and equip staff to improve their legal writing.
  • Prepare staff attorneys to excel at appearances and appear with them as necessary.
  • Possibly carry a small case load, at your discretion.
  • Oversee and develop systems for Queens intake with other Queens supervisors.
  • Manage internal and community partner referrals.
  • Ensure compliance with grant reporting and data entry requirements in case management system and files.
  • Model and maintain a professional and collegial work environment that fosters excellent legal outcomes, effective teamwork, and clear communication.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community-based organizations, advocates, government agencies, elected officials, and the courts.
  • Participate in working groups and other meetings regarding the implementation of Right to Counsel and tenants’ rights issues in Queens and elsewhere in New York City.
  • Develop and provide internal and external trainings, know-your-rights workshops, and presentations to staff and community members.
  • Develop systems to expand our policy advocacy, impact litigation, and appeals practices.


Qualifications:

  • At least four years legal experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team.
  • Admitted to New York Bar.
  • At least two years of experience representing tenants in NYC Housing Court.
  • Have strong interpersonal, communication, time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, work independently in a fast-paced environment and to be flexible.
  • Supervisory experience as an attorney a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish, French, Russian, Haitian Creole, Bengali, or another foreign language prevalent in NYC a plus.


NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Employment type:

Full-time

Part-time

Temporary

 

Professional Level:

Entry Level

Professional

Managerial

 

Salary: Candidates with four years of legal experience are eligible for the position of Associate Supervising Attorney, which currently has an annual salary of $86,771. Candidates with five or more years of legal experience are eligible for the position of Supervising Attorney, which currently starts at a salary of $94,810 with increases for each additional year of legal experience.


Benefits: Excellent benefits.

 

How to Apply: Please attach your cover letter and resume as a single PDF and name the file “Your Last Name, Your First Name NYLAG TRU Queens Supervising Attorney Application”

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

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