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Employment & Internships

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar, increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. Justice Center projects are focused in three areas: Economic Justice, Immigrant Justice, and Access to Justice Innovations. The projects, complemented by a high-volume, free legal hotline and a pro bono program development clearinghouse, address the unmet need for civil legal services in New York City. Our model is efficient and effective: each project is developed and overseen by an experienced legal expert, coordinated by a dedicated staff member, and delivered through pro bono volunteer lawyers and community outreach.

Fellowships

The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar, one of the nation's largest bar associations. CBJC through its dozen projects provides both direct civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford an attorney and recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation. In addition, CBJC operates the largest free civil Legal Hotline in NYC, providing assistance to over a 1,000 people per month. CBJC is conveniently located in an historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

CBJC seeks to sponsor third-year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law graduates for public interest law fellowships, such as the Skadden, Soros Foundation and Equal Justice Works fellowships, starting in the fall of 2016. CBJC has a history of successful applicant sponsorship in a variety of areas of civil legal services.

Descriptions of programs seeking possible fellowship projects are listed below and more information on CBJC can be found at: www.citybarjusticecenter.org . Each project proposal should include the provision of direct client services, community education and advocacy as well as pro bono attorney involvement. Project staff will work with selected candidates to develop the fellowship proposal.

Responsibilities:
CBJC's Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) is an anti-poverty and community economic development project that provides legal assistance to low-income microentrepreneurs in the initial stages of forming a small business or strengthening an existing microenterprise. NELP organizes community-based presentations and legal clinics with other public service organizations and partners with many corporate legal departments and law firms to provide brief legal services as well as ongoing legal representation to entrepreneurs on issues such as entity formation, contract review and drafting, commercial lease negotiations and intellectual property protection.

CBJC’s LGBT Advocacy Project seeks a fellow to advise low-income LGBT clients on newly emerging legal rights and ensure free legal assistance when needed. Our clients are frequently isolated and underserved while at risk of forgoing basic legal rights to shelter, benefits, income and family matters. While the Project focuses on the highest risk LGBT populations, low-income youth and elderly, the project serves all low-income LGBT New Yorkers. Some of the specific legal issues the fellow may include in project proposals are name and gender marker changes, life planning such as wills and advance healthcare directives, family law such as divorce and second-parent adoptions, and discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodation.

How to apply: Applicants should send an email with “2016 Fellowship Sponsorship” in the subject line along with their resume and cover letter to the project they are interested in working with on a fellowship proposal. For NELP, send an email to nelp@nycbar.org . For the LGBT Advocacy Project, send an email to skohanowski@nycbar.org. Applicants being considered will also need to submit a writing sample along with three references before an interview may be granted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please and note that only those candidates selected for interviews will be notified.

The City Bar Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.