Staff Attorney - Legal Assistance and Empowerment Program (LEAP

Job Type

Full Time

Published

10/01/2018

Address

217 Wyckoff Avenue
Brooklyn
New York
11237
United States

Description

POSITION 

Staff Attorney 


EMPLOYMENT TYPE 

Regular FT – 35 hours/week  


SALARY 

Salary is dependent on experience. It is highly competitive and within range with similar legal service organizations. Excellent medical and health benefits. 


 

REPORTS TO 

Director, Legal Assistance and Empowerment Program (LEAP) 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

RiseBoro Legal Empowerment and Assistance Program (LEAP), seeks a Staff Attorney to further LEAP’s mission of providing underserved low-income residents in Brooklyn with high quality, free legal services and assistance designed to preserve safe and affordable housing, and prevent needless homelessness by representing tenants facing illegal or unnecessary evictions, displacement, and tenant harassment. RiseBoro/LEAP is a uniquely holistic community based housing organization that provides clients with brief legal advice, full representation in housing court and other administrative agencies, tenant organizing, and tenants' rights workshops. He/she will:  

  • Provide client advice, referrals and representation in court and administrative proceedings 
  • Provide motion practice in all phases of housing proceeding;  
  • Provide client advocacy with social service organizations, governmental agencies, and other third parties to obtain needed services, and benefits, as necessary 
  • Input and maintain accurate case file and tracking information;  
  • Conduct tenants' rights workshops;  
  • Attend community meetings and events 
  • Attend staff and case strategy meetings. 


COMPETENCIES 

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities 
  • Have excellent legal research, writing and communication skills 
  • 1-3 years of legal experience, with a minimum of 1 year in housing court 
  • Knowledge of Public Benefits/Entitlements highly desirable 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and opposing counsel 
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with others as needed 
  • Spanish-speaking highly desirable 


EDUCATION EXPERIENCE 

  • Juris Doctor degree and Admission to New York State Bar 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE 

Open (Various Positions available)  


 

Benefits

  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefits:
  • Accident, Disability and Specified Disease (Cancer) Insurance:
  • Pension Plan:
  • Tax-Deferred Annuity
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Commuter Benefits Plan (CBP)
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holidays: The RiseBoro observes 12 holidays, annually

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish speaking is highly desirable

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

SUBMIT RESUME TO 

Please send your resume and cover letter with the subject line: Staff Attorney Position to: Kesha Jagdeo, Director of Empowerment Services, kjagdeo@riseboro.org

 


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