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.
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
The Staff Attorney will focus on providing legal advocacy for clients in the restructuring, refinancing and settling of taxi medallion loan debt. In addition, the attorney will represent clients in litigation from this and other debt, file bankruptcy cases, conduct real estate transactions and apply for all available City, State, Federal and private grant/loan programs to benefit the client. The attorney will perform legal intakes with clients and potential clients from a range of referral sources. The Staff Attorney is responsible for client data entry. The Staff Attorney’s time may also be spent as needed on a wide range of tasks for CPU, including conducting legal research; investigating new areas of relevant law; and many other tasks which may arise within and outside the unit.
AT THIS TIME NYLAG IS WORKING REMOTELY, HOWEVER ATTORNEYS WORKING FULL-TIME ON THIS PROJECT WILL SOON BE LOCATED IN AN OFFSITE OFFICE BETWEEN THREE AND FIVE DAYS A WEEK IN LONG ISLAND CITY, AS REQUIRED BY THE FUNDING. For the remainder of the days, the Staff Attorney will be located in our main offices in the financial district, as well as go to court, clinics, and other locations as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct client intakes both in person and over the phone
Attend offsite clinic
Represent clients in a variety of matters
Maintain a high caseload
Work in conjunction with other staff members on cases
Represent clients in NYC five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland
Admitted to the NYS Bar
Experience in loan or real estate transactions a plus
Second language a plus, most notably Russian, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Punjabi or Bengali
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.
☐ Entry Level
Select one of three options.
1. Salary is commensurate with experience.
2. Salary (e.g., step one)
3. Salary range (e.g., step one through step three)
Benefits: Excellent benefits.
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…