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Staff Attorneys - Housing (Citywide) Multiple Positions Available

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Legal Services NYC


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Published 8 days ago

November 30, 2020
Salary and benefits are determined by the Legal Services NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Staff Attorneys - Housing (Citywide)

Multiple Positions Available

Our Organization

Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) fights poverty and seeks racial, social and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. For over 50 years, we have challenged systemic injustices that trap people in poverty and provided legal services that help our clients meet basic needs for housing, income and economic security, family and immigration stability, education, and health care. LSNYC is the largest civil legal services provider in the country; our staff of almost 600 people in neighborhood-based offices and outreach sites across all five boroughs helps hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers annually. We partner with scores of community-based and client-run organizations, elected officials, public agencies, pro bono lawyers, and the courts to maximize our effectiveness. Our work fights discrimination and helps to achieve equity for all low-income New Yorkers.

The Opportunity

LSNYC seeks staff attorneys to join our Universal Access to Counsel (UAC) program and work in our neighborhood-based offices representing tenants in eviction and other proceedings, as part of our work to implement New York City's groundbreaking new Right to Counsel law.

The Right to Counsel law was passed in 2017 after a successful tenant-led campaign by tenant organizers, advocacy groups and legal services organizations. The ultimate goal of the law is to provide income-eligible tenants who are sued for eviction in housing court with the right to an attorney to defend their case.

LSNYC's housing practice represents low-income tenants in many different settings, including defending tenants in eviction proceedings in housing court, representing tenants in administrative hearings, bringing affirmative litigation, and handling appeals at all levels.

The work of UAC Housing Unit attorneys will involve developing expertise in housing court practice, housing programs and subsidies, and public benefits. The attorneys will be expected to perform community outreach and provide legal information, advice, and counsel, both in clinical and informal settings. The attorneys will also be expected to perform trainings to other advocates, tenant associations, community members, and community groups. 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.

Job Responsibilities and Qualifications:

The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities include:

• Conducting intake and providing full legal representation in housing court proceedings to New York City tenants referred to LSNYC through the right to counsel initiative in NYC Housing Courts, and through other referral sources.

• Litigating cases in housing court, administrative forums, appellate courts, and other state and federal courts on behalf of people facing eviction, and in affirmative cases challenging agencies and actors who threaten New York City residents' ability to obtain and retain affordable housing.

• Developing expertise in housing court practice, housing programs and subsidies, and public benefits.

• Providing legal advice and counseling to tenants as needed.

• Conducting neighborhood-based legal clinics and know-your-rights workshops.

• Identifying trends and recurrent issues for potential impact litigation.

• Providing trainings to other advocates, tenant associations, community members, and community groups.

We seek candidates with the following:

• Applicants must have a J.D. from an accredited law school and be admitted (or in the process of being admitted) to practice law in the State of New York.

• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and working in low-income communities and communities of color to advance equity.

• Ability to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and conduct community outreach in low-income neighborhoods.

• Excellent advocacy, analytic, writing, and leadership skills.

• Strong time management and organization skills including the ability to handle diverse, fast paced caseload generated by a “right to counsel” intake where clients may have a legal entitlement to representation.

• Experience in housing, landlord/tenant, or related advocacy, preferred.

• Fluency or proficiency in Spanish or a language other than English is strongly preferred

Salary and benefits are determined by the Legal Services NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a PDF copy of cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to housingattorneys2020@lsnyc.org. Please write “STAFF ATTORNEY, HOUSING” in the subject line of the email. Please include your borough preferences in order of interest. Application deadline is November 30, 2020. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 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.

Job # 31_2020

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Staff Attorneys - Housing (Citywide)

Multiple Positions Available

Our Organization

Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) fights poverty and seeks racial, social and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. For over 50 years, we…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Other Education Requirement

Benefits

Salary and benefits are determined by the Legal Services NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Salary and benefits are determined by the Legal Services NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Location

Legal Services NYC, 40 Worth Street, Suite 606, New York, NY 10013

How to Apply

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a PDF copy of cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to housingattorneys2020@lsnyc.org. Please write “STAFF ATTORNEY, HOUSING” in the subject line of the email. Please include your borough preferences in order of interest. Application deadline is November 30, 2020. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 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.

How to Apply:

Applicants should send a PDF copy of cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to housingattorneys2020@lsnyc.org. Please write “STAFF ATTORNEY, HOUSING” in the…

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