Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with experience.




1 West 125th Street
2nd Floor
New York
New York
United States


*This position is in Manhattan*

MANHATTAN LEGAL SERVICES, a part of Legal Services NYC, is seeking a dynamic and experienced attorney to serve as a Supervising Attorney for our public benefits practice. We are looking for candidates who are excited to work in a fast-paced environment and to use creative strategies in the pursuit of justice. The Supervisor will oversee the work of several paralegals as well as carrying a caseload of their own. This position will report to the Director of Economic Justice. 

 Manhattan Legal Services is part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), the largest provider of free civil legal services for low-income people in the country.  The Manhattan office is dedicated to providing high quality legal services in the areas of housing, family law, public benefits, employment, immigration, and consumer, education, and disability rights. The Manhattan program also has special units serving particular vulnerable populations including domestic violence victims, people with HIV, and SRO tenants. We work in partnership with community-based organizations in the low-income communities we serve in order to address the causes of homelessness, hunger and family disintegration. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled and motivated leader and attorney. 

           The responsibilities of the Supervising Attorney will include supervising and training paralegals providing legal assistance in public benefit issues, and handling a caseload focusing on a variety of benefit issues, including filing affirmative litigation in public benefit issues. 

We seek a Supervising 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;

·       Minimum 3-5 years’ experience providing civil legal services to low income people or comparable relevant experience;

·       Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills;

·       Strong organization skills and ability to handle a diverse, fast paced, and high volume case load;

·       Excellent leadership skills;

·       Excellent interpersonal skills;

·       Background in organizing or enthusiasm for partnering with community-based advocates and organizations;

·       Experience in public benefits or related advocacy required with a preference for applications who have familiarity with New York State benefits. 


Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references by email to Please put “Supervising Attorney” in the subject line.



           Manhattan Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender persons, and persons over 40 are welcome and are encouraged to apply.

Bar Associations and other organizations: Manhattan Legal Services seeks and welcomes your recommendations for candidates who meet the foregoing qualifications and, in addition, requests that you or your organization encourage such candidates to apply.

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Excellent medical, pre-tax flexible benefits for medical, vision, dental and eligible child care reimbursement; and retirement plans and generous paid annual and sick leave days.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references by email to Please put “Supervising Attorney” in the subject line.



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