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Housing Paralegal

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Safety Net Project - Urban Justice Center


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February 26, 2021
February 26, 2021

 The Safety Net Project (SNP) is one of thirteen independent projects at the Urban Justice Center. SNP provides direct legal and social services in the areas of public benefits access, homelessness, and tenant rights, in addition to engaging in policy advocacy and community organizing led by impacted community members (the Safety Net Activists). SNP is one of NYC’s Right to Counsel providers representing tenants facing eviction and is also active in various grassroots organizing campaigns fighting for systemic change. 

SNP seeks applicants for a Paralegal position in SNP’s housing practice. SNP’s Paralegals provide support to SNP’s attorneys in its high-volume landlord/tenant practice, while also handling some administrative cases under attorney supervision. SNP’s housing practice includes providing direct legal assistance and representation to tenants in eviction proceedings, plus some affirmative litigation and group representation.  

Primary Responsibilities  

  • Communicate with clients by phone and through written correspondence, create and maintain client files, manage referrals and appointments, and conduct legal intake 
  • Perform paralegal support and legal service tasks including preparing retainers, filing court papers, serving legal documents, drafting legal documents, preparing and filing subpoenas, and conducting legal research;  
  • Obtain rent histories, NYCHA case files, Section 8 files, and conduct preliminary building/apartment research for housing cases.  
  • Maintain a small caseload of non-court involved cases, handled under attorney supervision.  
  • Work with SNP’s Staff Attorneys to resolve public benefits issues connected to SNP’s anti-eviction defense work by advocating to the Human Resource Administration on behalf of SNP clients by letter, phone, email, and in-person when necessary  
  • Help clients obtain rental arrears assistance through government programs and private charities 
  • Translate documents into Spanish and provide Spanish interpretation between SNP’s staff and clients during appointments, clinics, workshops and at court appearances when necessary  
  • Assist SNP staff attorneys at tenant meetings, legal clinics, and workshops  
  • Assist community groups with outreach to public housing and rent-regulated tenants in need of legal services and partner on cases, clinics and workshops 
  • Ensure compliance with grant reporting and data entry requirements in SNP’s case management system 

Qualifications/Skills: 

  • Paralegal certificate from an ABA-accredited paralegal program or Bachelor's 
  • Though no specific knowledge of NYC housing law is required, knowledge of or experience working with tenants or in housing law is welcomed 
  • Spanish language skills are very strongly preferred 
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to multi-task and manage a large workload 
  • Knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn Legal Server 
  • Availability to work occasional evenings for tenant meetings and clinics 
  • Strong writing and communication skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse populations 
  • Experience assisting people in crisis is desirable 
  • Ability to work independently at satellite office locations 
  • Interest in, experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to grassroots efforts working towards social justice 
  • A commitment of 2+ years is requested due to the steep learning curve of this position 
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, advocates and social workers 
  • Great interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse communities 

 The Safety Net Project (SNP) is one of thirteen independent projects at the Urban Justice Center. SNP provides direct legal and social services in the areas of public benefits access, homelessness, and tenant rights, in addition to engaging in…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

A competitive salary and excellent benefits package is available, with generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with industry leading medical and dental coverage. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230. 

The Safety Net Project is an equal opportunity employer. SNP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, domestic violence survivors, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. Finally, we strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve. 

A competitive salary and excellent benefits package is available, with generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with industry leading medical and dental coverage. This is…

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual Spanish is preferred, not required.

Bilingual Spanish is preferred, not required.

Location

On-site
40 Rector Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10006

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to SNPhiring@urbanjustice.org. The subject line of the email must include: “Paralegal Position.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and must be submitted by February 26, 2021. We regret that due to high volume, we are unable to respond to inquiries and will contact only those candidates selected for consideration. Please do not contact us via telephone or fax. 

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to SNPhiring@urbanjustice.org. The subject line of the email must include: “Paralegal Position.” Applications…

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