Temporary Foreclosure Prevention Attorney

Job Type

Full Time
Temporary

Published

11/09/2018

Address

Brooklyn
New York
United States

Description


Brooklyn Legal Services seeks a temporary attorney for its Foreclosure Prevention Project. It is anticipated that this position will be for a period of six months. 


Project Description


The nationally prominent Project, the first of its kind in New York City, uses federal and state litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to assist low-income homeowners at risk of foreclosure due to predatory lending or abusive loan servicing practices. The Project is actively litigating numerous cases challenging the discriminatory and abusive lending practices of several lenders of subprime and exotic mortgages as well as abusive servicing practices by the nation’s largest banks. The Project is also a statewide leader in policy advocacy around fair lending and financial justice issues. 


Brooklyn Legal Services, part of Legal Services NYC’s Brooklyn Programs, provides high-quality, innovative representation to address the pressing legal needs of Brooklyn’s diverse low-income population. BLS focuses on the problems that have the greatest impact on our clients — preserving affordable and decent housing, maintaining income support, redressing abusive lending and consumer practices, promoting family stability and mitigating the effects of domestic violence, and advocating for the disabled.


Roles and Responsibilities     


The attorney will be responsible for the following: representing homeowners in foreclosure defense litigation, mandatory foreclosure settlement conferences, and potentially in bankruptcy court; assisting homeowners with applications to modify mortgage loans and for low-cost loans to avoid foreclosure; client intake; maintenance of client records, including in our electronic case management system; and community education and outreach.


Experience and Qualifications


Admission to NYS Bar preferred. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law; effective organizational skills; the ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously; and strong interests in litigation and working with clients. 


Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills are required. Proficiency in Spanish or Haitian-Creole is preferred. Prior experience assisting homeowners at risk of foreclosure is preferred. Bankruptcy experience is a plus.


 

Benefits

Salary and benefits are determined by the LS-NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

How to Apply


Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to bkhiring@sbls.org. Please write “FORECLOSURE TEMP” in the subject line of the email. 


 


Legal Services NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and people over the age of 40 are strongly encouraged to apply.


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