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Published 19 days ago

HOUSING ATTORNEY - GROUP REPRESENTATION

Hybrid, Work must be performed in or near Kings County, NY

Details

Job Type:Full Time
Education:J.D. Required
Experience Level:Mid-level
Salary:USD $73,742 - $125,612 / year
Salary will be based on years of relevant experience

Description

Communities Resist (CoRe), seeks a housing attorney to join a team combating gentrification, displacement, social disenfranchisement, and structural injustice through affirmative litigation before housing, state, and federal courts as well as administrative agencies.

The staff attorney will work in collaboration with this extraordinary coalition of neighborhood organizations and their tenant and community organizers primarily in Brooklyn and/or Queens to preserve and expand affordable housing for lower income residents of those areas—in the face of rapid tenant displacement throughout their neighborhoods. The work involves representing low-income tenant associations confronting landlords harassing low-income residents and seeking to vacate buildings; individuals and families facing eviction; low-income tenant co-ops seeking to reinforce and sustain themselves; community institutions facing closures or adverse actions due to extraordinary market pressures and neighborhood displacement; low-income tenants in fair housing litigation; as well as community groups involved in struggles against pervasive housing discrimination, neighborhood segregation, and other issues critically affecting the future of their communities.

The staff attorney will work with organizers to stop such practices by bringing innovative, affirmative litigation to protect tenants’ rights and their homes; defending tenants in eviction proceedings; combating systemic housing discrimination through enforcement actions under fair housing laws; representing tenants in administrative proceedings; and providing advice and legal services to help improve conditions in their homes and buildings. The attorney will also collaborate with organizers from local community-based organizations and coalitions in order to conduct Know Your-Rights housing workshops, clinics, and other educational efforts to ensure that tenants are aware of their protections under housing laws. The attorney will also be expected to participate in neighborhood advocacy efforts to stop tenant harassment, displacement, and residential segregation; participate in citywide dialogue around these issues; and contribute to

CoRe’s efforts to shape our housing advocacy and legal strategy to effectively respond to the ongoing needs of our communities.

Applicants must have the following qualifications:

● Admission to the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission.

● Civil litigation practice and/or substantially similar experience. Housing litigation

experience is preferred but not required.

● Cultural competence demonstrated through present or past residence in, or employment at

organizations serving, our clients’ communities.

● Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse

backgrounds and local organizations.

● Excellent legal writing, litigation and advocacy skills.

● Excellent interpersonal skills.

● Effective communication skills, including the ability to work with people in desperate

crisis.

● Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high caseload, track

case data, and to meet deadlines.

● Computer proficiency sufficient to independently review and generate materials relevant

to the position as well as track client information in our database, prepare reports for

grantors, attend meetings, and perform tasks related to the work such as timekeeping and

case notes.

● Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Korean or any language commonly spoken in Brooklyn

and Queens is preferred but not required.

CoRe is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal

employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national

origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics,

victim of domestic violence status or marital status.

Communities Resist (CoRe), seeks a housing attorney to join a team combating gentrification, displacement, social disenfranchisement, and structural injustice through affirmative litigation before housing, state, and federal courts as…

Benefits

Excellent health and other benefits.

Excellent health and other benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Korean or any language commonly spoken in Brooklyn

and Queens is preferred but not required.

Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Korean or any language commonly spoken in Brooklyn

and Queens is preferred but not required.

Location

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Kings County, NY
312 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
2nd Floor

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, forward a cover letter with your

resume to:

Angela Piguave , CFOO

Communities Resist

E-mail: apiguave@communitiesresist.org

Please put ‘Housing Attorney’ in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. To apply, forward a cover letter with your

resume to:

Angela Piguave , CFOO

Communities Resist

E-mail: apiguave…

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