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Legal Staff Paralegal in Brooklyn, NY

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Company name

Brooklyn Legal Services

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Legal Staff

Practice Area

Litigation - General/Commercial

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Posted on

Mar 21,2018

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Paralegal Advocate, Housing Law Practice The candidate will join a new and exciting expansion of our anti-displacement advocacy, focused on supporting NYC communities facing rapid gentrification. Will be expected to work closely with tenant organizers, tenant associations and community partners to identify and address housing needs. The Housing Law Unit preserves affordable housing for low-income communities through representation of low-income tenants in eviction proceedings, collaboration with community based organizations, and affirmative litigation to challenge abusive and discriminatory behaviors that displace low-income families and eliminate affordable housing. Recent affirmative cases and community projects include a Fair Housing case against a landlord with a record of harassing Black tenants, numerous cases which implicate the continued affordability of buildings that received tax breaks and incentives in the mid-80’s and were consequently subject to regulatory agreements for the last thirty years, and a coordinated litigation campaign to protect rent regulated tenants in buildings in foreclosure. Will be responsible for conducting community education and outreach, assessing potential clients and providing legal guidance with the assistance of attorneys. Occasional evening and weekend outreach may be necessary. Paralegals will also be responsible for case advocacy, including housing subsidy applications and public assistance hearings.

Qualification and Experience

A College degree or equivalent experience preferred. Should have demonstrated passion for social justice and a commitment to working with low-income communities and communities of color to advance equity. Should have excellent interviewing, writing, and communication skills. Must have experience working with low-income people. Experience with housing and public benefits advocacy preferred. Fluency or strong proficiency in Spanish, Russian, Haitian-Creole, Mandarin, or Cantonese strongly preferred.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Brooklyn Legal Services
105 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201