BRONX LEGAL SERVICES is part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), the largest provider of free civil legal services in the country. The Bronx Office is comprised of 160+ staff including attorneys, paralegals, social workers, and support staff. It is a diverse and unionized office that provides high-quality free legal services in the areas of foreclosure prevention, community economic development, eviction defense, tenant’s rights advocacy, family law and the protection of domestic violence survivors, public benefits, employment, immigration, consumer rights, education, and disability and serves LGBTQ+ residents of the Bronx. We seek equal access to the legal system for low-income Bronx residents through a range of legal services, education, and community partnerships. We promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in our workplace as they are our core values and are fundamental to our work. Under these core values, we seek to create an accepting, responsive, safe, and fair workplace with a diverse staff at every level.
The Bronx Office currently seeks a dynamic and experienced attorney to join its Neighborhood Stabilization Project, a combined practice unit that provides direct legal representation to individual homeowners on a wide range of foreclosure-related issues and provides transactional legal counsel to underserved groups in the borough such as not-for-profit organizations, low-income housing cooperatives, and small businesses. We are looking for a highly motivated individual that thrives in a fast-paced environment and can manage multiple projects at once.
Role and Responsibilities
The attorney selected for this position will be expected to handle a diverse and high-volume caseload that involves litigating a mix of individual foreclosure actions, partition cases, predatory lending, and deed theft cases. The attorney may also represent homeowners in foreclosure-related ancillary proceedings in Surrogate’s Court for letters of administration or in Bankruptcy Court on Chapter 7 and 13 petitions to avert foreclosure. We operate and staff a weekly off-site clinic to screen distressed homeowners for assistance, which the selected attorney will staff on a rotational basis with other attorneys in the unit to conduct intakes. Conducting outreach and community education are integral aspects of our work and will require occasional evening and weekend work.
The attorney will also be expected to work on community economic development assignments involving the representation of low-income cooperative buildings on transactional matters that lead to the preservation of existing affordable housing stock, assisting small businesses in commercial lease disputes, assisting not-for-profit organizations with corporate formation, and litigating matters aimed at challenging discriminatory and unfair housing practices.
Participation in coalition meetings and lobbying efforts on topics related to the work is required. Timely inputting of case notes and maintaining records in our case management system is also required.
Experience and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will possess the following experience and qualifications:
Ø Admission to the New York State Bar;
Ø A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice issues;
Ø A demonstrated ability to take initiative and take on leadership roles;
Ø Excellent analytical, writing, communication, and organizational skills;
Ø Experience working with low-income communities and communities of color to advance equality;
Ø Commitment to furthering the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging mission of the organization;
Ø A minimum of three years of litigation experience in areas such as foreclosure prevention, consumer rights, fair housing, civil rights and/ or economic justice or a related practice area, multiparty complex litigation experience a plus;
Ø Experience in conducting due diligence on lending transactions in the affordable housing context is preferred other relevant transactional experience is acceptable;
Ø Experience with assisting not-for-profit organizations with corporate formation is preferred;
Ø Experience with assisting small businesses preferred but not required;
Ø Knowledge of bankruptcy practice and procedure is preferred but not required;
Ø High level of interest in meeting and collaborating with community groups;
Ø Background in conducting community education and outreach events;
Ø Fluency or proficiency in Spanish or another language commonly spoken by Bronx residents is preferred.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, two recent writing samples, and three references by email to Sandra Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Staff Attorney—Neighborhood Stabilization Project” in the subject line. No Telephone Calls Please—Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Bronx Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, and transgender people, and people over 40 are all welcome and are encouraged to apply.
Salary and benefits are determined by the LSNYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Please note, to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and clients, LSNYC requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.
Job#68_2022; Posted 7.2022
BRONX LEGAL SERVICES is part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), the largest provider of free civil legal services in the country. The Bronx Office is comprised of 160+ staff including attorneys, paralegals, social workers, and support staff. It is a…