Staff Attorney, General Counseling Unit, Legal Hand
- 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 $30 million. Serving more than 87,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 290, 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.
NYLAG has an immediate opening for a staff attorney for the Legal Hand Project located in Crown Height, Brooklyn. Legal Hand is a walk-in legal information and resource office with five locations throughout New York City. It is a project of the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), and NYLAG partners to provide an onsite attorney to the Crown Heights office. The attorney selected for this position will train and supervise non-lawyer volunteers to provide high quality information about the legal system so that community members are better able to understand their issues, the legal systems that affect them, and any alternatives to court. In conjunction with a CCI Volunteer Coordinator, the NYLAG staff attorney will train and supervise the project volunteers to, among other things: issue spot; understand whether an issue is amenable to court resolution; consider the alternatives to litigation, such as mediation; identify legal and non-legal resources; locate available legal information including on LawHelp.org; understand the various court processes and how to navigate them; and complete court DIY forms. The attorney will provide legal advice to community members as necessary.
Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to public interest law and should have excellent written and analytic abilities. The successful candidate will work closely with NYLAG’s staff in a wide variety of practice areas and with staff at CCI.
Duties and Responsibilities:
· Provide legal advice to community members on civil cases that are referred by the Volunteer Coordinator.
· Provide assistance and information to volunteer staff on general legal issues and on specific cases.
· Coordinate with the Volunteer Coordinator on volunteer supervision and ongoing training.
· Coordinate with Volunteer Coordinator on organizing community education workshops and clinics.
· Meet regularly and collaborate with CCI staff and the lawyers from the other Legal Hand offices to plan all-Legal Hand events, and develop general Legal Hand policies and procedures.
· Staff the Legal Hand office full time, which includes, on average, two Monday evenings until 8pm per month and two Saturdays per month from 11am-2pm.
· Provide referral services for emergency legal cases.
· Staff community workshops and legal clinics.
· Report to their supervisor at NYLAG.
· Conduct community outreach through local businesses, nonprofits, community organizations, local politicians, and neighborhood leaders to promote program events.
NYLAG seeks a highly motivated attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law. Applicants must have excellent communication, research, and writing skills. Civil legal services, clinical, fellowship, and/or clerkship experience required. Preference will be given to those applicants fluent in a language other than English. Applicants must have at least two years of experience and must be willing to learn the basics of the full range of civil legal services practice areas relevant to low-income New Yorkers. New York State Bar admission is required.
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