Legal Volunteer/Volunteer Attorney


Published:

12/12/2017

Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

42 Broadway
New York
New York
10004
United States

Description


City of New York


CONSUMER AFFAIRS


Volunteer Vacancy Notice

 

Office Title: Legal Volunteer/Volunteer Attorney


 Division: General Counsel


Compensation: Unpaid


Work Location: 42 Broadway, NY, NY


 Job Description


The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. DCA licenses more than 81,000 businesses in more than 50 industries and enforces key consumer protection, licensing, and workplace laws that apply to countless more. By supporting businesses through equitable enforcement and access to resources and, by helping to resolve complaints, DCA protects the marketplace from predatory practices and strives to create a culture of compliance. Through its community outreach and the work of its offices of Financial Empowerment and Labor Policy & Standards, DCA empowers consumers and working families by providing the tools and resources they need to be educated consumers and to achieve financial health and work-life balance. DCA also conducts research and advocates for public policy that furthers its work to support New York City’s communities. For more information about DCA and its work, call 311 or visit DCA at nyc.gov/dca or on its social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


 We are seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a Legal Volunteer or Volunteer Attorney for the General Counsel Division. The Legal Volunteer or Volunteer Attorney will assist a team of attorneys in the division with interviewing consumers, performing legal research, drafting summonses, and preparing cases for administrative hearing. DCA is committed to educating, empowering and protecting consumers; holding businesses to high standards of marketplace behavior; and achieving excellence in the delivery of innovative agency programs and services. This position is a great opportunity for recent law graduates and attorneys seeking experience in the public sector and learning about municipal consumer protection laws.


 Responsibilities


The Legal Volunteer or Volunteer Attorney will engage in the following:


·        Will conduct legal research for projects, including conducting online research


·        Will interview consumers to gather facts and evidence to support cases


·        Will draft and edit summonses to be filed in an administrative tribunal


·        Will assist in completing day-to-day administrative tasks


·        Will interact with other members of the General Counsel division, both attorneys and non-attorneys


 Qualifications: Recent law school graduates; individuals awaiting admission to the New York State bar or awaiting New York State bar exam results; and attorneys admitted to the New York State bar.


If you have a strong interest in seeing how government works, and you care about the future of New York City, the General Counsel Division offers you a unique opportunity. Be part of the process and help shape the future! 


 Preferred Skills


·        Excellent legal research skills


·        Strong writing and organizational skills


·        Self-motivated and team-oriented


·        Attentive to detail and able to take direction well


·        Computer skills


·        Ability to work in a fast paced environment


·        Punctual and professional demeanor in diverse contexts


To Apply  


A resume, cover letter, and writing sample is required.


Please email these documents to jobs@dca.nyc.gov and indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this position.


Incomplete applications will not be considered.


No phone calls, faxes, e-mails or personal inquiries permitted.

Important note: only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.


Candidates should be prepared to devote at least 12 weeks to the position and work a minimum of 16 hours per week.

                                                                                                                                                      


DCA and The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employee

 

Benefits

Training Provided

Language/Cultural Support Available

We welcome

International Volunteers

How To Apply

jobs@dca.nyc.gov

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/index.page

To Apply  

A resume, cover letter, and writing sample is required.

Please email these documents to jobs@dca.nyc.gov and indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this position.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

No phone calls, faxes, e-mails or personal inquiries permitted.

Important note: only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Candidates should be prepared to devote at least 12 weeks to the position and work a minimum of 16 hours per week.


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