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Staff Attorney, CPU

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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:

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


Qualifications:

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.


Employment type:

Full-time

Part-time

Temporary

 

Professional Level:

Entry Level

Professional

Managerial

 

Salary:

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.

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

Location

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

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