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Organization TypePublic Interest
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ProfileFellowship Fellow will build the capacity of tenant associations by assisting, informing, educating, and engaging tenants of eligible project-based Department of Housing & Urban Development assisted properties to preserve affordable housing and increase tenant capacity building regarding their rights, responsibilities, and options for preservation and improvement of their communities. Provide generalized support and legal information to tenants of certain Department complexes; Support tenant associationâ€™s in developing formal by-laws and incorporating tenant associations of residents; Interview residents and conduct research to properly identify the legal challenges of each relevant building; Attend membership meetings and present â€œKnow your Rights and Responsibilitiesâ€ workshops; Support tenant associations in meetings with Department representatives; Draft correspondence to Department on behalf of tenant associations; Document and file administrative complaints with Department regarding environmental hazards, substandard management, and general quality of life issues; Recruit and assist pro bono attorneys to support the project; Advise tenant associations regarding the best course of action to build tenant associations and preserve affordable housing; Provide litigation support to legal host site staff (can include legal research and writing, client interviews, assistance with administrative hearings, discovery and trial preparation) as it relates to Project.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Must be a graduate of an member law school. Should be admitted to practice law in New York or recent law school graduates who sat for the July 2017 NYS Bar examination. Will be required to have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills and the ability to work as a team member. Diverse economic, social and cultural experiences and a second language are preferred.
Send a letter of interest, resume, 3 references with email addresses and telephone numbers, and legal writing sample.
Lori M OBrien
Legal Assistance of Western New York
80 St. Paul Street,
Rochester, NY 14604