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Staff Attorney, Mobile Legal Help Center

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New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) | New York, NY
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New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)


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Published 15 days ago

Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience.


About NYLAG

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.

 

Mission

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.

 

Job Description:

NYLAG has an immediate opening for a staff attorney, with two to five years of experience, in the Mobile Legal Help Center (MLHC). The MLHC is an innovative joint project of NYLAG and the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program that travels directly to underserved communities to bring free, civil legal services to individuals in New York City and Long Island. The Mobile Legal Help Center is the country’s first-ever legal services office on wheels. Attorneys provide counseling, advice, and direct representation without leaving the vehicle. The MLHC contains two private meeting areas for attorneys and clients and is equipped with high-speed Internet and state-of-the-art technology. It travels throughout the five boroughs and parts of Long Island, focusing on areas with limited public transportation options. Through the MLHC, low-income New Yorkers in need of legal help can overcome obstacles such as geographic isolation, health and mobility issues, and childcare concerns.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The attorney will spend two days a week staffing the MLHC at community sites in the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. While staffing the MLHC, the attorney will be responsible for supervising volunteer attorneys, conducting client intakes and providing legal advice. The attorney will also carry a caseload in his/her area of expertise. The attorney will work with the project director to establish and maintain relationships with community partners and elected official’s offices in the neighborhoods the MLHC serves. The attorney will be expected to travel occasionally to Long Island for site visits, and staff occasional weekend sites. Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills as the job not only includes conducting intakes with clients on the MLHC and handling their cases, but also interacting with elected officials' offices and community based organizations.     

Qualifications:

·        J.D. degree and admission to New York State Bar is required

·        Civil legal services, clinical, fellowship, and/or clerkship experience preferred. 

·        A minimum of 2 years of experience in employment law is required. 

·        Demonstrated interest in social justice.

·        Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model.

·        Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin strongly preferred.

·        Experience working with diverse populations.

·        Excellent written, oral and analytical skills.


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.

 

About NYLAG

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…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Excellent Benefits

Excellent Benefits

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin strongly preferred

Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin strongly preferred

Location

7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004
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