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ProfileStaff attorney Duties: Reports to the Director of the CED Program and will receive case assignments and general support from the Small Business Legal Support Project Program Manager. Handle independent matters appropriate to his or her level of experience and often work with other members of the CLAP consortium and the Program. Will also be expected to contribute to discussions and support work regarding program development and contract reporting so as to maximize opportunities to serve the small business communities served. Provide direct counsel and legal services to small business clients, including the review, drafting, and negotiation of commercial leases. Conduct client interviews and case intake. Collaborate with and help to supervise student interns, fellows, externs and volunteers. Work together with CLAP partners and other stakeholders. Attend client meetings during evening and weekends as necessary. Facilitate educational workshops and conduct brief advice clinics. Develop and update programmatic and educational materials. Assist with outreach efforts promoting program services. Assist with referrals to and collaboration with pro bono private counsel.. Administration and Grant/Contract Compliance. Assist with grant/contract reporting and case data management. Development and Fundraising. In coordination with Director of the CED Program and Program Manager, participate in development and public relations to maintain and build community partner relationships as well as expand outreach to small business client population and support of program. Support fundraising and grant management efforts. Public Relations/Outreach. Engage in community outreach and participate in related task forces and committees.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Admission to the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission. 2+ years’ post-law school experience in transactional practice (including, real estate (commercial lease), corporate, finance, and contract law) or other relevant experience. Demonstrated knowledge of the commercial leasing landscape for small businesses in New York City. Have excellent transactional, analytical, legal writing, and advocacy skills. Have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Have effective communication skills, including the ability to work with people in complex multi-party transactions and with nascent community groups with limited legal knowledge. Ability to work independently and collaboratively; to manage a high case load and complex projects; to manage and meet deadlines; and to be flexible. Computer proficiency sufficient to independently review and generate materials relevant to the position as well as track client information in database, prepare reports for grantors, attend meetings, and perform administrative tasks related to the work, such as timekeeping and case notes. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations. Willingness to assist the CED Program Director and Brooklyn A’s development activities in fundraising and grant-management efforts, including participating in fundraisers, meeting with potential funders, and helping with grant reporting. Viewed favorably: Experience working with low- to moderate-income individuals and/or small business owners including commercial leases and landlord/tenant proceedings, strongly preferred. Prior experience participating in a government-funded program with an eligibility-determination component. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and to foster cultural competency both personally and organizationally, as potentially demonstrated, for example, through present or past residence or work in our clients’ communities or similar communities. Commitment to public interest work and furthering neighborhood based community development in low-income communities. Demonstrated ability to speak on panels, facilitate workshops, participate on practice-related affinity groups, publish articles, etc., with the common goal of effectively advocating on behalf of clients and being a thought leader in the field. Language proficiency relevant to our clients, especially Spanish.
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