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Posted by: Chandler Jones - 11/13/2023
Job Expires: 12/4/2023
Housing Unit Attorney

CELJ is a civil legal services organization fighting for justice, primarily for low-income older adults, in 10 counties in Western New York. Our attorneys stop illegal evictions, save clients homes from foreclosure, put a stop to elder domestic violence, fight for public benefits, work with our local immigrant & refugee populations, and represent grandparents and other kinship care relatives in custody and neglect petitions in family court. We also advocate for systems-wide policy changes, commenting frequently on changes to regulations and working with local elected leaders on legislation that will impact the poor and vulnerable older adults in our area. We believe that independence and dignity are the hallmarks of justice. 


Reporting to the Supervising Attorney, the Housing Attorney will be responsible for assisting their department to ensure that the firm represents clients in a holistic manner to achieve clients’ goals through aggressive advocacy, including litigation. The Housing Attorney will work closely with the paralegals and support staff to develop and implement the firm’s mission and goals. The ideal candidate will be a skillful attorney who can excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, where engaging with clients daily is a necessity. The attorney in this role will be working on both foreclosure prevention and eviction cases. 

CELJ’s Foreclosure Prevention Project (FPP) helps homeowners who are in danger of losing their home due to mortgage foreclosure. Attorneys and paralegals in this unit can assist clients with understanding their options, responding to legal documents, and providing representation in court. 


Supervising Attorney 


  • Manage caseload of housing, landlord/tenant cases  

  • Weekly court appearances including trials, pretrial conferences, reviews 

  • Draft court documents such as petitions, orders, stipulated agreements, motions, affidavits, and subpoenas 

  • Maintain ongoing relationship with other attorneys designated to respective cases 

  • Represent the civil practice and legal aid in the community 

  • Promote the work of the office and civil practice 

  • Negotiate with lenders on behalf of homeowners 

  • Maintain timely and consistent client contact 


  • Juris Doctor (JD) Degree 

  • Admitted to practice law in the State of NY 

  • 0-5 years of experience 

  • Court experience preferred 

  • Must enjoy a fast-paced environment 

  • Able to handle multiple tasks 

  • Ability to work independently as well as within a group 

  • Communication and interpersonal skills required 

  • Able to identify and evaluate legal issues 

  • Commitment to communities we serve 



  • Strong written and oral communication skills 

  • Analytical abilities and problem-solving skills 

Salary: $30.00 - $40.00 per hour

Expected hours: 20 – 40 per week


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Location: Buffalo Office/ Remote 

Please contact Chandler Jones at if you have any questions or would like to apply. 

CELJ is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Employer recruits without regard to sex, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and any such candidates are strongly encouraged to apply 

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