INTAKE PARALEGAL

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/06/2018

Address

105 Court Street
Brooklyn
New York
11201
United States

Description

*This position is at Brooklyn Legal Services*

Brooklyn Legal Services seeks an intake paralegal to join its Tenant Rights Coalition. The position will be located in our Brownsville office.

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.


Our housing practice focuses on preserving affordable housing in Brooklyn for low- to moderate-income tenants, with the goal of staving off gentrification and preventing the displacement of communities—particularly communities of color—that have anchored Brooklyn neighborhoods for generations. We achieve this goal through a blend of individual defense work and systemic affirmative litigation. In addition to the thousands of Housing Court proceedings we defend individual tenants against every year, we also actively seek out opportunities to protect buildings from deregulation by combating fraudulent MCI and IAI applications at DHCR, challenging rent overcharges in Supreme Court, bringing group HPs against landlords to obtain repairs for tenants, and filing affirmative litigation based on the FHA, ADA, and State and City Human Rights Law to stop racist and other discriminatory practices by landlords. We have deep ties to tenant organizing groups in the communities we serve and work hand-in-hand with them to ensure that our practice reflects the needs and desires of these communities.


Experience and Qualifications


The intake paralegal responsibilities will include conducting intake, gathering client information and coordinating follow-up services, providing legal guidance with the assistance of attorneys, and assisting case-handlers on client related matters.  Occasional evening and weekend intake may be required.    


Qualifications include:


·      A demonstrated passion for social justice and a commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color to advance equity;

·      Excellent interviewing, writing, and communication skills;

·      Experience working with low-income people;

·      Excellent organizational skills;

·      Fluency or strong proficiency in a second language strongly preferred

·      Skill with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, internet research and a willingness to learn and adapt to new technologies.  


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


Job # 71_2018

Benefits

Benefits include excellent health and dental insurance, an employer contribution to a pre-tax 403(b) pension plan, and generous leave time.  

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency or strong proficiency in a second language strongly preferred.


Please review experience and qualifications, and job functions in Project Description.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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


Position available: immediate


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