Staff Attorney, LEAP (Legal Empowerment & Assistant Program)

Job Type

Full Time

Published

06/07/2018

Address

217 Wyckoff Avenue
Brooklyn
New York
11237
United States

Description

POSITION

Staff Attorney


EMPLOYMENT TYPE

Regular FT – 35 hours/week


SALARY

Salary is dependent on experience. It is highly competitive and within range with similar legal service organizations. Excellent medical and health benefits.



REPORTS TO

Director, Legal Assistance and Empowerment Program (LEAP)Job Summary:


JOB SUMMARY

RiseBoro Legal Empowerment and Assistance Program (LEAP), seeks a Staff Attorney to further LEAP’s mission of providing underserved low-income residents in Brooklyn with high quality, free legal services and assistance designed to preserve safe and affordable housing, and prevent needless homelessness by representing tenants facing illegal or unnecessary evictions, displacement, and tenant harassment.


RiseBoro/LEAP is a uniquely holistic community based housing organization that provides clients with brief legal advice, full representation in housing court and other administrative agencies, tenant organizing, and tenants' rights workshops.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

·        Provide client advice, referrals and representation in court and administrative proceedings

·        Provide motion practice in all phases of housing proceeding

·        Provide client advocacy with social service organizations, governmental agencies, and other third parties to obtain needed services, and benefits, as necessary

·        Input and maintain accurate case file and tracking information

·        Conduct tenants' rights workshops

·        Attend community meetings and events

·        Attend staff and case strategy meetings


COMPETENCIES

·        Have excellent interpersonal skills

·        Demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities

·        Have excellent legal research, writing and communication skills

·        1-3 years of legal experience, housing court experience preferred

·        Knowledge of Public Benefits/Entitlements highly desirable

·        Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and opposing counsel

·        Ability to work independently and collaborate with others as needed

·        Spanish-speaking highly desirable

· Exercise independent judgment


EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

·        Juris Doctor degree and Admission to New York State Bar

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Open (Various Positions available) 

Benefits

Health Insurance

Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefits:

Accident, Disability and Specified Disease (Cancer) Insurance:

Pension Plan:

Tax-Deferred Annuity

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Commuter Benefits Plan (CBP)

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Disability Insurance

Vacation Leave

Sick Leave

Holidays:12 holidays, annually

Level of Language Proficiency

 Spanish-speaking highly desirable

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter with the subject line: Staff Attorney Position to: Kesha Jagdeo, Director of Empowerment Services, kjagdeo@riseboro.org


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