Job Details

Staff Attorney

Company name

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Valid Through

Jan 27,2020

Posted on

Oct 14,2019

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required

Location

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Real Estate >> Real Estate
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Profile

Staff Attorney
Candidate will work in Group Representation Unit of its Preserving Affordable Housing team. Will work both alone and with other attorneys to represent: low-income tenant associations against their harassing owners; individuals and families facing eviction; community institutions facing closures or adverse actions due to extraordinary market pressures; low-income tenants in fair housing litigation; as well as community groups involved in struggles against pervasive housing discrimination, neighborhood segregation, and other issues critically affecting the future of their communities. Will involve representing tenant associations and individual tenants in suffering from harassment and displacement particularly due to prior/imminent local rezonings. Will work to stop such pernicious practices in these communities by: bringing innovative, affirmative litigation to protect tenants’ rights and their homes; defending tenants in eviction proceedings; combating systemic housing discrimination through enforcement actions under fair housing laws; representing tenants in administrative proceedings; and providing advice and legal services to help improve conditions in their homes and buildings. Will collaborate with organizers from local community-based organizations and coalitions in order to conduct Know-Your-Rights housing workshops, clinics, and other educational efforts to ensure that tenants are aware of their protections under housing laws. Will also be expected to participate in neighborhood advocacy efforts to stop tenant harassment, displacement, and residential segregation; participate in citywide dialogue around these issues; and contribute to the Unit’s efforts to shape housing advocacy and legal strategy so as to effectively respond to the ongoing needs of communities.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Admission to the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission. Must have relevant interest, experience, skills and commitment. Spanish language ability is a major plus; willingness, desire, and ability to attend evening tenant association and community meetings are required. Have experience working in housing court, or other relevant public interest litigation experience; the ideal candidate would have one to four years relevant litigation experience; Cultural competence demonstrated through present or past residence in, or employment at organizations serving, our clients’ communities. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations. Experience working with low-income tenant groups, community organizations and/or coalitions. Have excellent legal writing, litigation and advocacy skills. Have excellent interpersonal skills. Effective communication skills, including the ability to work with people in desperate crisis. Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high case load, track case data, 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 our database, prepare reports for grantors, attend meetings, and perform tasks related to the work such as timekeeping and case notes. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations. Will be viewed favorably: Fluency in Spanish or Polish. Experience in housing law practice. Demonstrated ability to publish articles effectively advocating on behalf of clients.

Additional info

Send cover letter with resume.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
80 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207

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