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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.

Employment:

Position: ATTORNEY – Federal Pro SE LEGAL ASSISTANCE Project (FEDPRO)

The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project (FEDPRO) is an innovative pilot project that will provide one-on-one legal assistance, free of charge, to non-prisoner, pro se litigants in the United States 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 that 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 an 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 organizations. For litigants further along in a case, the attorney's responsibilities will include explaining court orders, rulings, and settlement offers, as well as drafting, reviewing, and editing litigants' discovery and motion practice documents. The attorney will also collect case data and create a quarterly report 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, and civil rights law preferred.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent people skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • 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 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.

To find out more about the City Bar Justice Center, please see www.citybarjusticecenter.org

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 discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability 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 may be submitted by email to mfang@nycbar.org. No phone calls please. Applications are due by January 20, 2015.

 


 

Job Posting

The City Bar Justice Center, the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, increases access to justice for vulnerable New Yorkers by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. Each year, our staff and team of volunteer attorneys from the private bar provide free legal assistance, through direct representation projects and a telephone Legal Hotline, to approximately 20,000 poor and low-income New Yorkers. The Legal Hotline, which operates weekdays from 9am to 5pm, offers legal advice, information, referrals and brief services on general civil legal services issues to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney or do not have access to other legal resources.

 

Position: Deputy Director of the Legal Hotline, reporting to the Director of the Legal Hotline

 

We are seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Deputy Director of the Legal Hotline to expand the brief services component of the Legal Hotline. Currently, the Legal Hotline is able to provide callers with brief advice that often is sufficient to meet those clients’ needs. Some callers, however, need more help. This new component will assist those in need of extended brief services by: drafting, completing or responding to court papers, and/or strategizing with the litigants in order to level the playing field if the other party is using aggressive tactics; reviewing leases, contracts and court papers in order to offer proper legal advice on negotiations or to determine whether there is a meritorious defense or whether the client should offer to settle; or working with special needs populations such as the homebound, the disabled, senior citizens, people with caretaking responsibilities, shut-ins, limited English proficient people and others who often need extra assistance.

 

Responsibilities: The Deputy Director will be part of a team of attorneys who provide legal assistance to callers to the Legal Hotline. The Deputy Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing the expanded brief services component of the Legal Hotline;
  • Recruiting, training and supervising volunteers and interns to provide extended brief services to Legal Hotline callers;
  • Assisting on the development, launching and sustaining of an online intake system for the Legal Hotline;
  • Assisting the Legal Hotline Director in all aspects of supervision and management of the Legal Hotline staff and volunteers;
  • Tracking and reporting data; and
  • Answering calls to the Legal Hotline as needed.  

 

Qualifications: We are seeking an experienced attorney who has:

  • At least 7 years legal experience, preferably in civil legal services;
  • Admission to the New York Bar;
  • High standards for the quality of legal work performed;
  • Experience in a high volume legal services or hotline setting;
  • The ability to work with low-income, pro se clients;
  • Strong technology skills and an interest in working with technology to enhance access to legal assistance from our Legal Hotline;
  • Fluency in a second language, preferably Spanish; and
  • Flexibility, collegiality and enjoys working as part of a team.

 

The City Bar Justice Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status. We pay commensurate with public interest salaries and provide a benefits package. Please email a a cover letter, resume and two references (including daytime telephone numbers) to:

 

Georgiana Hsu-Luk

Director of Human Resources

New York City Bar Association

42 West 44th Street

New York, NY 10036

GHsu-Luk@nycbar.org

 

 

Law Graduate Fellowships:

None available at this time.

 

Fall and Spring Internship Program:

Please send your resume and cover letter to the project director in the project you would like to intern with.


Summer Internship Program:

Summer law interns will be interviewed at the NYU Public Interest Law Fair, held every February.