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Posted by: The Legal Aid Society - 2/4/2019
Job Expires: 2/28/2019
Civil Practice Supervising Attorney-LRU

The Legal Aid Society is seeking an experienced and talented lawyer with a deep commitment to public interest practice and policy to join a dedicated team of staff attorneys and paralegals as the Supervising Attorney of the Civil Practice Law Reform Unit.

The Law Reform Unit coordinates and commences affirmative litigation, including class action litigation in federal and state courts; engages in both legislative and administrative policy advocacy on behalf of clients; and provides back-up and support for advocates in the Society's trial offices as well as the city-wide units of the Civil Practice. The unit's practice takes on cutting edge issues in a broad array of areas including housing, government benefits, homelessness, disability, health and immigration, leading to landmark decisions, settlements and legislation.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to addressing fundamental issues of poverty and justice within a comprehensive civil legal services model of representation and an interest in collaborative and creative approaches to management and staff development. Prior experience in conducting law reform litigation and excellent legal writing and advocacy skills are required.

* Assist the Attorney-in-Charge of the Law Reform Unit in the direct supervision of the legal work of the unit
* Supervise staff attorneys and paralegals
* Monitor and maintain a high standard of representation and client service
* Maintain a reasonable individual caseload
* Develop impact and/or affirmative litigation
* Provide oversight of pro bono initiatives within the unit
* Mentor staff
* Train staff members
* Represent the Civil Practice and The Legal Aid Society in the community
* Provide supervision and assistance during evenings and weekends, as needed

* Other duties as assigned

Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters

* Admission to the New York State Bar
* Minimum of eight years of legal practice preferred
* Experience litigating in various legal forums, including state and federal courts
* Excellent litigation and oral advocacy skills and experience litigating individual and group cases
* Demonstrated commitment to and experience in public interest law
* Experience supervising and mentoring others
* Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
* Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model 
* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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