Staff Attorney, Legal Hand

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New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)

Published 9 days ago

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.


The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.

Values that guide us

  • We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 
  • We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
  • We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.
  • We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.
  • We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
  • We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.
  • We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
  • We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
  • We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.

Job Description:

NYLAG has an immediate opening for a staff attorney for the Legal Hand Project located in Crown Height, Brooklyn. Legal Hand is a walk-in legal information and resource office with five locations throughout New York City. It is a project of the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), and NYLAG partners to provide an onsite attorney to the Crown Heights office. The attorney selected for this position will train and supervise non-lawyer volunteers to provide high quality information about the legal system so that community members are better able to understand their issues, the legal systems that affect them, and any alternatives to court. In conjunction with a CCI Volunteer Manager, the NYLAG staff attorney will train and supervise the project volunteers to, among other things: issue spot; understand whether an issue is amenable to court resolution; consider the alternatives to litigation, such as mediation; identify legal and non-legal resources; locate available legal information including on; understand the various court processes and how to navigate them; and complete court DIY forms. The attorney will provide legal advice to community members as necessary.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to public interest law and should have excellent written and analytic abilities. The successful candidate will work closely with NYLAG’s staff in a wide variety of practice areas and with staff at CCI.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice to community members on civil cases that are referred by the Volunteer Manager.
  • Provide assistance and information to volunteer staff on general legal issues and on specific cases.
  • Coordinate with the Volunteer Manager on volunteer supervision and ongoing training.
  • Coordinate with Volunteer Manager on organizing community education workshops and clinics.
  • Meet regularly and collaborate with CCI staff and the lawyers from the other Legal Hand offices to plan all-Legal Hand events, and develop general Legal Hand policies and procedures.
  • Staff the Legal Hand office full time, which includes, on average, two Monday evenings until 8pm per month and two Saturdays per month from 11am-2pm.
  • Provide referral services for emergency legal cases.
  • Staff community workshops and legal clinics.
  • Report to their supervisor at NYLAG.
  • Conduct community outreach through local businesses, nonprofits, community organizations, local politicians, and neighborhood leaders to promote program events.


Please Note: At this time the Legal Hand Staff Attorney is working remotely 100% of the time, and the site’s virtual office hours are currently Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm.



NYLAG seeks a highly motivated attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law. Applicants must have excellent communication, research, and writing skills. Civil legal services, clinical, fellowship, and/or clerkship experience required. Preference will be given to those applicants fluent in a language other than English. Applicants must have at least two years of experience and must be willing to learn the basics of the full range of civil legal services practice areas relevant to low-income New Yorkers. New York State Bar admission is required.


NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.


Employment type:





Professional Level:

Entry Level





Salary is commensurate with experience.


Benefits: Excellent benefits.

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
100 Pearl Street, Floor 19, New York, NY 10004

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