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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.


Employment

Position: Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project Attorney

Job Description:

The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project is an innovative project that provides one-on-one legal assistance, free of charge, to non-prisoner, pro se litigants in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY).  The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, developed the Project in partnership with the EDNY.  The Project joins the many other projects CBJC oversees which provide legal services to approximately 20,000 poor and low income New Yorkers each year.

The attorney will meet with litigants either by appointment or during time for walk-in consultations, in the office of the CBJC located in the EDNY Courthouse. While the attorney will not represent litigants in court, he or she will provide assistance to litigants in all stages of their cases. At the preliminary stage, the attorney’s responsibilities will include briefly advising litigants, including explaining federal court procedure and whether federal law applies to their case, and if appropriate, referring litigants who may need access to other social service or legal services organizations. For litigants further along in a case, the attorney’s responsibilities will include explaining court orders, rulings, and settlement offers, as well as discussing strategy and drafting, reviewing, and editing litigants’ discovery and motion practice documents. The attorney will also collect case data and create quarterly and annual reports for the CBJC to submit to the EDNY. The successful candidate must have the following experience and skills:

Experience:

  • Be a licensed member of the New York State Bar in good standing with at least five years of litigation experience, preferably in federal court.
  • A demonstrated commitment to assisting low-income and disadvantaged communities.
  • Clinical legal experience, a federal clerkship, and/or a high volume client service practice.
  • Knowledge of federal practice, employment law, and civil rights law preferred.

Skills and Requirements:

  • Excellent people and client counseling skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and superb legal judgment.
  • Excellent project management and database skills.
  • Must be decisive, productive, and able to handle a high volume of activity.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and independently prioritize with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to supervise pro bono attorneys and student interns.
  • Ability to work independently in a team-oriented environment.
  • Spanish proficiency is a plus.

We offer a competitive public interest benefits package that includes: medical and dental insurance, vision insurance, pre-tax commuter, health, and dependent care accounts, employer paid short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, and a 401(k) plan.

The City Bar Justice Center is strongly committed to diversity and is an EEO employer.  All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:   Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center, 42 West 44 Street, New York, NY  10036.  The application should be submitted by email to humanresources@nycbar.org No phone calls please.  We regret that due to volume, only applications selected for interview will be contacted. The position starts in June 2016.



 

 


 

Position: City Bar Justice Center Part-time Hotline Attorney
Position Reports to: Director and Deputy of Legal Hotline

Job Description:

The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is part of the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar, one of the nation’s largest bar associations. The City Bar Justice Center assists low income New Yorkers with civil legal problems who cannot afford an attorney. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation through a dozen projects assisting homeless families, disabled veterans, immigrants fleeing violence, microentrepreneurs, and consumers with debt facing bankruptcy or foreclosure. In addition, the City Bar Justice Center's telephone legal hotline provides referrals and brief advice to 1,000 people per month. The CBJC is conveniently located in an historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.
CBJC seeks a half-time attorney for its Legal Hotline. The Hotline, created in 1997, offers legal information, advice and referrals to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney or do not have access to legal representation. It assists over 1,000 callers a month on a range of civil legal issues, including matrimonial and family law, housing law, bankruptcy and debt collection, and public benefits. The Hotline operates weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

The staff attorney will be part of a team of counselors who answer questions and provide legal assistance to Hotline callers. This includes providing callers with legal information, advice, and referrals, and conducting some follow-up brief services, such as reviewing legal papers, helping clients write simple letters, making advocacy calls on behalf of clients, and helping clients prepare for a court appearance or strategize the next step in a legal matter.

Knowledge and Education:

  • require three years experience, preferably in legal services,
  • admission to the New York Bar,
  • excellent oral communication skills
  • Fluency in Spanish is a must.

 

In addition, we are looking for a person who is flexible, has high standards for the quality of legal work, enjoys and has had experience working as part of a team, is collegial, and is willing to assist in the supervision and training of staff, paralegals and volunteer attorneys.

The City Bar Justice Center provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status. We pay commensurate with public interest salaries and experience. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and two references (including daytime telephone numbers) by mail or e-mail to:

 

New York City Bar Association
Attn: Director of Human Resources
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Email: [humanresources@nycbar.org]

 

 

 

 


 

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.