Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services were virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 350 impacted the lives of nearly 113,000 people last year.
The Special Litigation Unit of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is seeking applications from attorneys with at least two years of litigation experience. The position is funded for eight months, beginning in February 2024. This temporary position is available as either a full-time or part-time (at least 70%) position.
The Special Litigation Unit collaborates with NYLAG attorneys across practice areas to develop and litigate complex impact litigations that advance social, racial, and economic justice, addressing the full range of legal areas in which NYLAG serves clients. Alone, or in partnership with other not-for-profit organizations and private firms working pro-bono, we initiate class actions and other impact lawsuits to bring about systemic change for thousands of people in need.
The attorney will work primarily on public housing, immigration, and public benefits, and may also work on a variety of other issues on SLU’s docket, including consumer protection, special education, and disability rights.
Duties and Responsibilities
The attorney’s responsibilities will include: developing new cases, including legal and factual research on potential class actions; drafting complaints, motions, and briefs; engaging in discovery, including drafting and responding to discovery requests, and taking and/or defending depositions, and assisting with document review; interviewing, advising, and advocating on behalf of individual class members; engaging in settlement negotiations and monitoring compliance with settlements; and participating in internal strategy discussions, negotiations with adversaries, and in-court appearances.
- Admitted to practice law in New York
- At least two years of litigation experience.
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice.
NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary Range: NYLAG is a unionized workplace, and salaries are set pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement. The current salary range for this position is between $77,117 - $85,892.
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, long term disability, commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts (FSA) for Medical and Dependent care.
Application Instructions: Please save resume and cover letter on one pdf.
Covid Vaccination Policy:Please note, to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and clients, NYLAG requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.
NYLAG is committed to a hybrid work policy for staff whose work does not require their full-time presence in the office. NYLAG’s current policy is that most staff are required to work in NYLAG’s offices or do other in-person work at least two days each week. This policy is subject to change.