Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time

Published

10/26/2018

Address

105 Court Street
Brooklyn
NY
11201
United States

Description

Project Description


Brooklyn Legal Services seeks a Staff Attorney for its Housing Law Unit. The Housing Law Unit preserves affordable housing for Brooklyn’s low-income communities through representation of low-income tenants in eviction proceedings, collaboration with community based organizations, and affirmative litigation to challenge abusive and discriminatory behaviors that displace low-income families and eliminate affordable housing. Recent affirmative cases and community projects include a Fair Housing case against a landlord with a record of harassing Black tenants, numerous cases which implicate the continued affordability of buildings that received tax breaks and incentives in the mid-80’s and were consequently subject to regulatory agreements for the last thirty years, and a coordinated litigation campaign to protect rent regulated tenants in buildings in foreclosure.


Brooklyn Legal Services, part of Legal Services NYC, provides high-quality, innovative representation to address the pressing legal needs of Brooklyn’s diverse low-income population. BLS focuses on the problems that have the greatest impact on our clients — preserving affordable and decent housing, maintaining income support, redressing abusive lending and consumer practices, promoting family stability and mitigating the effects of domestic violence, and advocating for the disabled.


Experience and Qualifications


We seek an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar with:


  • A demonstrated passion for social justice and a commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color to advance equity;
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills;
  • Strong interest in working with clients in crisis;
  • Strong organization skills and ability to handle diverse, fast paced, and high volume case load;
  • Litigation experience (preferred);
  • Fluency or strong proficiency in a second language (preferred); and
  • Background in organizing or strong ties to Brooklyn low-income communities (preferred).


The Staff Attorney will represent tenants and groups in Housing Court eviction proceedings, administrative proceedings, Supreme Court actions against administrative agencies, impact litigation in Federal and other courts, and other litigation. Other duties include intake, community education, and community outreach. The position may be located in any of our four offices in Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, East New York/Brownsville, and downtown Brooklyn.

Benefits

Salary and Benefits are determined by the LSNYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

bkhiring@lsnyc.org
http://www.legalservicesnyc.org

How to Apply


Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to bkhiring@lsnyc.org. Please write “Housing Attorney” in the subject line of the email. 


Please, no telephone calls.


Legal Services NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, people over 40, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.


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