123 William Street
The Safety Net Project (SNP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for the position of Supervising Attorney. The Supervising Attorney will supervise three Staff Attorneys under the Direction of SNP’s Director of Litigation. SNP’s housing law practice provides direct legal representation to tenants in the area of landlord-tenant law, including civil proceedings in NYC Housing Court, affirmative litigation and New York City Housing Authority Administrative (NYCHA) hearings and appeals.
In addition to supervising several staff attorneys, the Supervising Attorney will manage a small caseload; provide staff attorneys with proper legal training and professional development support; and assist SNP’s staff attorneys on concrete legal tasks. The Supervising Attorney will join SNP’s management team to collaboratively identify, manage and advance new campaign and litigation ideas and opportunities.
- Manage, in collaboration with SNP’s Director of Litigation, three SNP staff attorneys.
- Build and strengthen SNP program policies, procedures, and protocols.
- Represent SNP at stakeholder meetings, legislative hearings, and policy and lobbying visits, as assigned.
- Support SNP’s staff attorneys with court appearances, evaluation of legal issues, and related legal research and legal writing.
- Conduct weekly housing intakes and assess clients’ legal needs at SNP’s various legal clinics, including its Right to Counsel days at Bronx Housing Court.
- Provide training to select SNP staff and community partners on topics related to landlord- tenant law.
- Admitted to the New York State Bar
- 3 years of litigation experience in landlord-tenant law
- Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
- Familiarity with New York City Housing Authority administrative hearings
- Experience working with diverse populations
- A desire to supervise, train, and mentor housing staff attorneys
- Strong conflict management skills
- Sound strategic judgment and the drive to originate and effectuate new campaigns
- A demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color to advance equality
- Spanish language skill required
About the Safety Net Project
The Safety Net Project (SNP) at the Urban Justice Center operates legal clinics at food pantries, soup kitchens, community health centers, and City Council offices throughout New York City to help ensure that New York City’s most underserved communities have access to safe and secure housing and fundamental resources like food and cash assistance. SNP combines direct legal services, policy advocacy, and community organizing to reduce poverty and homelessness.
A competitive salary and excellent benefits package is available, with generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with industry leading medical and dental coverage. Salary for this management position will be based on years of relevant experience and in accordance with its attorney legal scale.”
The Safety Net Project is an equal opportunity employer. SNP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish language skill required
Minimum Education Required