Staff Attorney, Housing Defense

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Depends on experience




317 Lenox Avenue, 10th Floor
New York
United States


The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) is a community-based, client-centered, holistic public defense office located in Harlem, providing civil, criminal and family representation to residents of Northern Manhattan. NDS seeks to hire an experienced attorney for our Housing Defense Practice within our Civil Defense Practice.


As part of NDS’ commitment to community-based representation the Housing Defense Practice works to prevent the destabilizing impacts that stem from housing instability through representation of Northern Manhattan residents.



The Staff Attorney will work with the Managing Attorney of the Civil Defense Practice to represent individual Northern Manhattan residents in housing court proceedings including: non-payments, holdovers and HP actions. This includes conducting monthly intake at New York County Housing Court and may include community intake at NDS’ primary office in Harlem.


Additionally, the attorney may be responsible for representing NDS at Coalition meetings and community based initiatives on housing issues.



NDS is looking for attorneys with a demonstrated commitment to civil defense and social justice issues. In addition, the job requires energy, enthusiasm, a commitment to excellence and an unwavering commitment to clients. Applicants must:


·        Be admitted to practice in New York State or be eligible for admission; and

·        Have a minimum of 2 years relevant experience.


Neighborhood Defender Service, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


NDS offers a generous compensation package, including a competitive base salary as well as health, dental, 403(b) contribution and extensive vacation benefits.


Level of Language Proficiency

Foreign language fluency, especially Spanish is highly desirable.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

 Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and one writing samples as a PDF with the subject line, “Staff Attorney, Housing Defense Practice” to: We are looking to fill this position immediately.