Spanish-Speaking Bilingual Paralegal, Tenants’ Rights Unit, Manhattan
- Job posted by New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.
7 Hanover Square
Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $27 million. Serving more than 75,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 280, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org.
The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.
Values that guide us
· We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services.
· 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 achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
· We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
· We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.
As NYC’s Universal Access initiative continues to expand the right to counsel to all low-income New Yorkers facing eviction, NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit (TRU) has an immediate opening for a bilingual paralegal who speaks Spanish. TRU is an integral part of NYC’s Right to Counsel Coalition to ensure low-income New Yorkers who are at risk of eviction have the right to an attorney to represent them in Housing Court and certain administrative proceedings. TRU represents low-income New Yorkers in a full range of tenants’ rights matters, including defending against evictions in housing court, advocating in administrative proceedings, and bringing affirmative litigation. The paralegal will focus on providing litigation support for tenants residing in Manhattan and will regularly staff NYLAG’s courthouse office in Housing Court to conduct legal intake with low-income tenants facing eviction.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Conduct thorough client legal intakes;
· Investigate facts through interviews and document collection;
· Perform legal research;
· Prepare legal documents to assist attorneys;
· Provide oral and written translation assistance for attorneys who represent non-English-speaking clients in various scenarios, including court appearances;
· Advocate with various organizations and government agencies on behalf of vulnerable, low income New Yorkers to ensure clients access and/or maintain crucial public benefits;
· Potential to represent clients at administrative hearings; and
· Assist with grant compliance and reporting.
· Superb and meticulous attention to detail;
· Excellent organizational, analytical, writing and communications skills;
· Demonstrated ability to serve diverse, low-income client populations in a sensitive and professional manner;
· Demonstrated ability to speak, read, and write Spanish fluently;
· Demonstrated ability to multitask and prioritize in a fast-paced, high-volume professional environment
· A bachelor’s degree or two or more years of relevant work experience.
How to Apply: Please attach your cover letter and resume as a single PDF and name the file “Your Last Name, Your First Name NYLAG TRU Paralegal Application”
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.
Minimum Education Required