|The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking a Staff Attorney for the Housing Group Advocacy Unit in the East New York Brooklyn office. The Housing Group Advocacy Unit is an anti-displacement and tenant protection project focusing on supporting specific New York City communities facing rapid gentrification in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Staff Attorneys work with tenant associations, community-based organizations and pro bono attorneys to help stabilize client communities by preventing harassment of tenants and tenant displacement as well as assisting tenants with obtaining repairs and essential services. The Staff Attorney may be required to work in more than one community or borough depending on changing client needs and priorities. The Staff Attorney handles tenant group representation; brings affirmative litigation to enforce tenants' rights; works with community or housing organizers; and may be asked to conduct regular intake with community-based organizations in Housing Court, at Single Stop or at other community sites.
* Client representation in city, state and federal court proceedings, administrative hearings and affirmative litigation
* Client representation and advocacy with local, state and federal agencies
* Provide training, community outreach and education for individuals, local community-based organizations and housing advocates
* Conduct policy advocacy on behalf of clients
* Coordinate and collaborate with other groups and organizations
* Represent the Civil Practice and The Legal Aid Society in the community
* Promote the work of the office, the Housing Law Practice and the Civil Practice
* Work with pro bono lawyers and partner organizations
* Conduct off-site intake, including during evening hours
* Other duties as assigned
Posting End Date-11:59 pm EST
May 17, 2019
Brooklyn - Civil Practice Neighborhood Office
* Admission to the New York State Bar
* Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
* Excellent organizational skills
* Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team and manage a high volume of cases
* Demonstrated commitment to and experience in public interest law and civil legal services
* Ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations
* 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.
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.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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.
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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