Details: Salary is determined by Legal Services NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.
89-00 Sutphin Boulevard
Queens Legal Services (QLS) seeks a full time staff attorney to join our Homeowner & Consumer Rights Project (HCRP) in our vibrant community-based civil legal advocacy organization in Queens. The position is available immediately.
Founded in 1967, QLS seeks equal access to justice for all low-income residents of Queens through a range of legal advocacy, education and community partnerships. We provide free legal counseling, representation and referrals in civil matters involving the essentials of life including housing, public and disability benefits, domestic violence prevention, consumer and homeowner protections, access to education and employment rights to eligible low-income individuals and families. We work with our clients and partners to identify and address root causes for systemic inequalities in Queens and throughout New York City. We are part of a network of local programs that make up Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), the largest free civil legal services provider in the United States.
HCRP’s mission is to engage creative strategies and zealous advocacy in the pursuit of justice for Queens homeowners. We help homeowners facing foreclosure and consumer debtors through litigation, non-litigation advocacy and community education to challenge and eradicate abusive lending practices in Queens and throughout New York.
Experience and Qualifications
We seek an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar with:
· A demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with diverse, low-income communities and communities of color to advance equity;
· Litigation advocacy experience in areas such as foreclosure, consumer justice, fair housing, civil rights and/or economic justice;
· Experience with elder law, bankruptcy, and/or trusts/estates preferred;
· Excellent analytical, research and writing skills;
· Strong interpersonal, communication, time management and oral presentation skills;
· Enthusiasm for partnering with community-based advocates and organizations;
· A facility working with software technology and proficiency in the entire MS Office suite;
· Experience with LegalServer or other case management systems (preferred); and
· Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali, Korean, Haitian Creole, Urdu or Hindi strongly preferred.
The Staff Attorney will represent and assist homeowners in foreclosure proceedings, and will be responsible for litigation, advocacy and support for policy initiatives expanding homeowner rights. S/he will be expected to manage multiple projects at once, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and work in close collaboration with HCRP colleagues to shape HCRP’s practice agenda. Duties include outreach, intake, development of litigation, and working closely with numerous grassroots partners and community-based advocates.
How to Apply
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, names of three references and two recent writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “HCRP Staff Attorney” in the subject line of the email. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience (determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement). Benefits include excellent health and dental insurance, an employer contribution to a pre-tax 403(b) pension plan, and generous leave time.
QLS is an equal opportunity employer. It is an organization committed to race, gender and economic justice in our work and within our workplace. QLS staff are members of the LSSA/NOLSW UAW Local 2320. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and people over the age of 40 are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Benefits include excellent health and dental insurance, an employer contribution to a pre-tax 403(b) pension plan, and generous leave time.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali, Korean, Haitian Creole, Urdu or Hindi strongly preferred.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Email a cover letter, resume, names of three references and two recent writing samples to email@example.com. Please write “HCRP Staff Attorney” in the subject line of the email. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.
Position available: immediate