Legal Services NYC
Legal Services NYC (“LSNYC”) fights poverty and seeks racial, social, and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. For almost 50 years, we have challenged systemic injustice and helped clients meet basic needs for housing, income and economic security, family and immigration stability, education, and health care. LSNYC is the largest civil legal services provider in the country; our staff of 600 people in neighborhood-based offices and outreach sites across all five boroughs helps more than 110,000 New Yorkers annually. We partner with scores of community-based and client-run organizations, elected officials, public agencies, pro bono lawyers, and the courts to maximize our effectiveness. Our work fights discrimination and helps to achieve equal opportunity for all low-income New Yorkers.
LSNYC’s Pro Bono Program
LSNYC’s pro bono program engages a range of private partners on behalf of thousands of low-income New Yorkers across multiple practice areas. Managed by a director and staffed by this position, a coordinating attorney, three immigration attorneys, a bankruptcy attorney, a housing attorney, and four paralegals, the Pro Bono Services Department (“Department”) works with LSNYC staff and pro bono partners to create and manage pro bono projects, place cases, run clinics, train and mentor volunteers, access in-kind resources, and match individual volunteers with appropriate LSNYC offices. LSNYC’s private partners include nearly 100 law firms and corporations, along with law schools, bar associations, and individual volunteers.
Housing and public benefits are a core part of our pro bono program, with a particular focus on housing conditions cases, One-Shot Deals, SNAP, cash assistance, and more. LSNYC supports more than a dozen other pro bono initiatives as well including immigration, bankruptcy, transgender name changes, and more. Immigration makes up half of our pro bono work, including asylum, U-visas, VAWA self-petitions, battered spouse waivers, youth removal, and naturalizations. LSNYC conducts more than 100 pro bono clinics and study groups each year for tenants, immigrants, and transgender clients, among others. We operate a high-volume practice, with more than 2,000 pro bono cases annually at law firms, impacting more than 7,000 New Yorkers each year.
This position will focus on supporting our housing conditions and housing public benefits work, with a particular emphasis on One-Shot Deals and SCRIE/DRIE.
The Housing Public Benefits Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will expand and facilitate effective pro bono representation for New Yorkers seeking safe housing and the benefits to which they are entitled. In particular, the attorney will: train and mentor pro bono volunteers; review and improve training materials; hold regular clinics with law firms and corporations; identify and evaluate prospective cases; interface with LSNYC housing and public benefits units about pro bono support; expand systems to ensure high-quality legal support by pro bono volunteers; and work with the rest of the Pro Bono Department to develop relationships with law firms and corporations.
The Housing & Public Benefits Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will additionally explore and develop new pro bono initiatives – e.g., reasonable accommodations suits, policy work, and impact cases.
We are searching for an applicant who has housing and public benefits experience and is innovative, highly organized and responsive, skilled at public speaking and working in teams, and a problem-solver with strong interpersonal skills.
Under the supervision of the Director of Pro Bono Services, the Housing & Public Benefits Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney’s duties will include:
· Expanding and coordinating pro bono initiatives for clients who are seeking HPs, One-Shot Deals, SCRIE/DRIE, eviction advice, and other essential housing relief
· Providing expert legal mentorship for pro bono attorneys, including reviewing drafts, discussing strategy, and providing guidance on working with low-income clients
· Setting up and administering frequent pro bono clinics and study groups with law firms and corporations
· Developing training materials, conducting regular trainings for pro bono attorneys and other volunteers, and creating/updating training manuals
· Coordinating screening of prospective clients
· Monitoring policy developments and alerting pro bono attorneys about important changes
· Drafting case descriptions to pitch to pro bono attorneys where appropriate
· Coordinating and improving systems and databases to track a high volume of clients, coordinate volunteer work, and track case outcomes with support from other members of the pro bono team
· Researching and assisting with outreach to law firms and corporations
· Building a referral network with other organizations
· Assisting with reporting, data collection, and evaluation of the program
· Participating in and assisting with pro bono events
· Researching and analyzing relevant laws and regulations
Applicants must have the following qualifications
· Highly self-motivated
· Commitment to a pro bono model of serving client needs
· Excellent oral and written communication skills
· At least 2 years of experience as a legal services attorney, including public benefits or housing benefits work
· Track record of coordinating a high volume of clients and/or volunteers
· Experience and expertise with HPs, SCRIE/DRIE, and One-Shot Deals
· Experience mentoring pro bono attorneys
· Experience doing pro bono as an attorney at a large law firm or corporation
· Spanish language proficiency
· Experience in civil rights matters
Salary and benefits are determined by the LSNYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume to:
Type on the Subject line: Housing & Public Benefits Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney, Pro Bono Services
LSNYC is an equal-opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, people over 40, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Job#33_2023; Posted: 4.2023
Salary Range (Based on years of experience):
· 1-10 years: $73,593 -$96,664
· 11-20 years: $98,875 - $116,730
· 21+ years: $122,117 - $133,304
Legal Services NYC
Legal Services NYC (“LSNYC”) fights poverty and seeks racial, social, and economic justice for low-income New Yorkers. For almost 50 years, we have challenged systemic injustice and helped clients meet basic needs for…