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Posted by: Wanda Richardson - 5/8/2018
Job Expires: 6/8/2018
Manhattan Supervising Attorney, Tenants' Rights Unit



Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization's annual operating budget is over $27 million. Serving more than 75,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 280, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit


The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.

Values that guide us

-        We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 

-        We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.

-        We address our clients' multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.

-        We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers' most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.

-        We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.

-        We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.

-        We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.

-        We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.

-        We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.

Job Description:

NYLAG has an immediate opening for a Supervising Attorney in its Tenants' Rights Unit (TRU) to supervise attorneys that practice in Manhattan. We are looking for an experienced attorney with strong leadership and management skills who is passionate about asserting tenants' rights and is ready to fight hard to defend tenants threatened with eviction and displacement due to rapid development and gentrification. In this role, you will supervise a team of about eight attorneys and three paralegals and support them to pursue creative and effective legal strategies to enable low-income New Yorkers to stay in their apartments and communities. The ideal candidate will have some supervisory experience as an attorney and extensive experience representing clients in non-payments, holdovers, HP Actions, and housing-related administrative proceedings. As part of this position, you will also get to play a critical role in the implementation of Right to Counsel/Universal Access in New York City.

Duties and Responsibilities:

-        Train, supervise, and mentor staff and interns

-        Review and revise pleadings, correspondence, motion papers, bills of particulars and discovery, stipulations, and make decisions on litigation and settlement strategies

-        Prepare Staff Attorneys and paralegals for court and administrative appearances and appear with them as necessary

-        Oversee a weekly high-volume, court-based intake protocol

-        Manage internal and partner out-of-court referrals

-        Ensure staff complies with grant reporting and data entry requirements

-        Respond tactfully to client, community, and staff concerns

-        Create and maintain a professional and collegial work environment that fosters excellent legal outcomes, effective teamwork, and clear communication

-        Reinforce and maintain staff accountability

-        Develop and maintain relationships with community-based organizations, advocates, government agencies, elected officials, and the courts

-        Participate with HRA working groups and other meetings regarding the implementation of Universal Access



-        Five years of experience as an admitted attorney

-        Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice

-        Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team

-        Admitted to New York Bar

-        At least one year of experience representing tenants in NYC Housing Court

Plus factors

-        Supervisory experience as an attorney

-        Fluency in Spanish, French, Russian, Haitian Creole, Bengali, or another foreign language prevalent in NYC.

How to Apply: Please attach your cover letter and resume as a single PDF and name the file "Your Last Name, Your First Name NYLAG TRU Supervising Attorney Application"

NYLAG's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.


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