Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection Unit


Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published:

04/11/2018

Address

7 Hanover Square
18th Floor
New York
New York
10004
United States

Description

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 $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.


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 full time staff attorney in the Consumer Protection Unit. This position includes staffing the Consumer Debt Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Project, in the Bronx, Staten Island, and/or Queens, Monday through Thursday for the morning court session with the remaining time spent in the office on consumer matters. The attorney hired for this position will have the unique opportunity to make a strong impact in an innovative, court-based project designed to increase pro se litigants’ access to justice in an important and evolving area of law. NYLAG is seeking a highly motivated and dedicated attorney who possesses the enthusiasm and flexibility to tackle a number of responsibilities during these challenging economic times.

Applicants with experience handling bankruptcy, foreclosure prevention, consumer law, and/or employment law matters will have priority. Applicants must be willing to staff intake sites throughout all of the C2C regions – including Westchester and Long Island – and to work some evenings at these sites. Admission to the New York bar required.


NYLAG is a not-for-profit law office that provides free civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers. GLS helps individuals of all ages in the areas of public benefits law, elder law, employment law, housing law, consumer law, and foreclosure prevention. Staff attorneys, paralegals, and volunteer case handlers secure Home Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Public Assistance, Food Stamps, Social Security Disability, SSI, and other vital government support services for eligible, low-income individuals. In addition to direct client services, GLS staff conduct educational seminars for health care professionals, social workers, advocates, and the general community on accessing benefits and specialized areas of law and seek to achieve systemic change through a variety of means.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The attorney will be partly situated in the Personal Appearance Part of Bronx, Queens and/or Richmond County Civil Courts to provide direct oversight of attorneys and law students serving as volunteers in the Court for the Consumer Debt Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Project (VLFD). The attorney’s responsibilities will include reviewing stipulations negotiated by the volunteer lawyer and the adversary counsel in appropriate cases, as well as answers, orders to show cause, papers related to dispositive and other motions, brief affidavits and discovery demands prepared by the self-represented litigant and/or the volunteer lawyers; answering the substantive legal questions of volunteer lawyers; evaluating and giving feedback on the quality of the volunteer lawyers’ services; and representing a self-represented litigant on a limited appearance basis for a day, when the volunteer lawyer assigned to said litigant is unable to come in on his/her volunteer date. The attorney will also respond to the telephone inquiries of the volunteer lawyers as necessary and perform the intake of self-represented litigants and prepare an answer or amended answer on a limited basis. The attorney will work closely with the Bronx, Queens and Richmond County CLARO program, as well as local bar associations’ pro bono programs. Some administrative work and other relevant work is expected outside of Court time. When not working on the VLFD Project, the attorney's responsibility will be to staff other intake sites if needed, handle cases, conduct research and intakes, fulfill grant deliverables as needed, and conduct educational workshops through our various consumer protection projects. This attorney will provide legal services and legal representation for clients experiencing many forms of debt including student loan, medical, and credit card, through a project in collaboration with the Department of Consumer Affairs; provide consumer protection assistance through other NYLAG programs and may provide other consumer legal services, described below, depending on funding.


Qualifications:

NYLAG seeks a highly motivated admitted (NY) attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law. Applicants must have excellent communication, multitasking, collaborative, research, and writing skills. Applicants must be hard working, able to meet deadlines and work in a team and take constructive feedback well. Applicants with experience handling bankruptcy, foreclosure prevention, and consumer law will have priority, as well as those with prior litigation experience. Applicants must be willing to staff intake sites and take cases throughout all of the boroughs and outlying areas – including Westchester and Long Island. Admission to the New York bar required. Preference will also be given to those applicants with bilingual ability in Spanish.


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.

Benefits

Excellent benefits.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply


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