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Posted by: Lizbeth Lopez - 3/19/2019
Job Expires: 4/19/2019
Temp Staff Attorney, Consumer Protection Unit

Job Description:

NYLAG has an immediate opening for a temporary part-time staff attorney for six months in the Consumer Protection Unit to staff the Consumer Debt Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Program (VLFD), in the Bronx, Staten Island, and/or Queens. VLFD is a limited representation court-based program, wherein attorneys and other volunteers represent debtor defendants in court for that day/appearance only. VLFD pairs the defendants with a volunteer attorney who can advocate on their behalf and prevent additional abuse and misrepresentations by creditors. The attorney hired for this position will have the unique opportunity to make a strong impact in an innovative, court-based program designed to increase pro se litigants' access to justice in an important and evolving area of law.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The attorney will be mostly situated in the Personal Appearance Part of Bronx, Queens and/or Richmond County Civil Courts to provide direct oversight of attorneys and law students serving as volunteers in the Court for the Consumer Debt VLFD.

Responsibilities include: reviewing stipulations negotiated by volunteers for VLFD, drafting answers, orders to show cause, and other motions, affidavits and discovery demands prepared by the self-represented litigant and/or the volunteer lawyers. The attorney will also answer the substantive legal questions of volunteer lawyers; evaluate and give feedback on the quality of the volunteer lawyers' services; and represent pro se litigants on a limited appearance basis for the day. The attorney will work closely with the Bronx, Queens and Richmond County CLARO program, as well as local bar associations' pro bono programs.

When not working on the VLFD Project, the attorney's will staff other intake sites as needed, represent clients, conduct research and intakes, fulfill grant deliverables as needed, and conduct community educational workshops. The attorney will also provide services and representation for clients through a project in collaboration with the Department of Consumer Affairs.

 

Qualifications:

NYLAG seeks a highly motivated attorney admitted to the NYS Bar with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law. Applicants must have excellent communication, research, and writing skills. Civil legal services, clinical, fellowship, and/or clerkship experience required.  Preference will be given to those applicants with experience with consumer law and with supervisory experience.  Preference also will be given to those applicants with fluency Spanish 
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