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Posted by: Human Resources - 2/20/2019
Job Expires: 7/1/2019
Supervising Attorney, Tenants' Rights Unit
As NYC's Universal Access initiative continues to expand the Right to Counsel to all low-income New Yorkers facing eviction, NYLAG's Tenants? Rights Unit (TRU) has an immediate opening for a Supervising Attorney in its Tenants' Rights Unit (TRU) to supervise attorneys that practice in Brooklyn. 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 our client population, which consists primarily of low-income tenants of color threatened with eviction and displacement due to rapid development and gentrification.

In this role, you will supervise a team of about five attorneys and a paralegal and support them to pursue creative and effective legal strategies to enable our clients to stay in their apartments and communities. The ideal candidate will have some supervisory experience as an attorney and extensive experience representing NYC tenants in non-payments, holdovers, HP Actions, and housing-related administrative proceedings. As part of this position, you will also 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

 

Qualifications:

 

Requirements

  •              Five years of experience as an admitted attorney
  •              Demonstrated commitment to addressing fundamental issues of poverty, racial justice, and social justice within a comprehensive civil legal services model of representation
  •              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.
Email hr@nylag.org for information

 
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