Staff Attorney – Housing Rights

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.



Application Deadline



New York
United States


Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY Legal Services), a non-profit legal services organization that provides a wide range of free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers, is seeking two staff attorneys to further MFJ’s efforts to preserve decent and affordable housing for low income tenants, including families and single adults, through eviction defense, HP proceedings and affirmative litigation. The attorneys will be part of a team that represents tenants primarily in the Bronx, with some work as necessary in Brooklyn and Manhattan, in Housing Court, state Supreme Court, and administrative proceedings as appropriate; works in coalition with advocacy groups city- and state-wide on policy issues; analyzes and provides testimony on proposed housing-related legislation; works with tenant groups and community organizations, including conducting trainings; and communicates regularly with elected officials and the media. The attorneys will work at Mobilization for Justice’s Bronx office.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting client intake; conducting legal research; drafting legal memoranda, advocacy letters and other legal papers; and litigating all phases of cases, including drafting pleadings, engaging in motion practice, conducting trials, and writing and arguing appeals.
  • Conducting outreach to Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan communities, and training community and tenant groups on the rights of tenants and related housing and fair housing issues.
  • Working with organizers and community leaders to develop and execute strategies to prevent tenant displacement.
  • Staffing and conducting intake at off-site legal clinics (at community organizations, offices of elected officials, places of worship, sister organizations, in courts, and other places to accommodate clients).
  • Inputting and maintaining detailed records in a case management system.


  • Admission to NYS Bar preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of litigation experience and experience representing tenants in New York City, or with Section 8 and other subsidized housing preferred.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Ability to balance an active caseload and travel between the main office, satellite office(s), outreach sites and courts.
  • Ability to staff clinics, attend tenants’ association meetings, and participate in other work-related events during evening hours from time to time.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample addressed to Elise Brown, Director of Housing Litigation, and transmitted by e-mail to with “Housing Rights Staff Attorney” in the subject line. We encourage all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your background or experience might contribute to the diversity and perspective of our office. Please indicate where you saw this ad. Applications must be received by November 20, 2018. Early applications are appreciated. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. No telephone calls please.

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People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are welcome and encouraged to apply.