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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.


Employment

Position: Veterans Assistance Project – Project Director

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. 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.

The City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Assistance Project seeks an experienced attorney to direct a pro bono project representing veterans seeking disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The attorney will recruit, train, and mentor volunteer attorneys  and, in addition, will have an opportunity to build a more holistic practice regarding the eligibility of veterans for all types of benefits and handle a small docket of cases. The Veterans Assistance Project was launched in October of 2007and has grown to be the largest pro bono veterans disability law practice in New York State with 380 trained pro bono attorneys from over 70 law firms and corporations.
Requirements:

  • Admitted to practice law in New York State and ability to become an accredited VA representative;
  • 7 or more years of legal practice experience.
  • Participation in a law school clinic or past legal services or pro bono experience representing low income people;   
  • Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply;
  • Well organized and very strong technology skills;
  • Excellent client counseling, communication, and cultural competency skills;
  • Strong advocacy and writing skills;
  • Familiarity with military service, administrative law and medical terminology is desirable.
  • Experience in federal litigation desirable.

The City Bar Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer with competitive public interest salary and benefits. The position is available immediately. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, short legal writing sample and three references (including daytime telephone numbers) by email to:   

Tecca Williams
Director of Human Resources
New York City Bar
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
humanresources@nycbar.org


Position: Project Coordinator – Transactional Practice
Reports to: Directors of the City Bar Justice Center’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project and Foreclosure Project

Job Function
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. 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. In addition, the City Bar Justice Center's telephone 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’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) provides legal assistance to low-income microentrepreneurs in the initial stages of structuring a company or strengthening an existing business. 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 with their small business matters. CBJC’s Foreclosure Project provides legal assistance to low- and moderate-income homeowners facing  foreclosure, assisting them in obtaining loan modifications and other foreclosure alternatives, and representing them in foreclosure settlement conferences.

The Transactional Practice Coordinator will be responsible for the administrative work for these two projects as well as for community outreach. This involves making presentations at community organizations, organizing training programs and legal clinics, acting as liaison to law firm volunteers, and maintaining the client and volunteer database, running monthly statistics and answering phone calls. The Coordinator may also provide follow-up assistance to clients, write articles about the projects and develop self-help materials and other aids for clients and community workers.

Knowledge and Education
Qualifications include a college degree, demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work, fluency in Spanish, strong computer and organizational skills, and an ability to interact with low income clients, volunteer attorneys and government employees. A two year commitment is required.

The City Bar Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. We pay commensurate with public interest salaries and experience and provide a generous benefits package. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and two references (including daytime telephone numbers) by e-mail to humanresources@nycbar.org or by regular mail to:

Director of Human Resources
New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036


Position: Project Coordinator – Medical Legal & Life Planning Practice
Reports to: Directors of the City Bar Justice Center’s LGBT Advocacy Project and Elderlaw & Cancer Advocacy Projects

Job Function
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. 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. In addition, the City Bar Justice Center's telephone 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’s LGBT Advocacy Project seeks to ensure that low income LGBT clients understand newly emerging legal rights and obtain free legal assistance when needed. The LGBT Advocacy Project focuses on low income youth and elderly LGBT people who are frequently isolated and underserved while at risk of forgoing basic legal rights to shelter, benefits, income and family matters and who have issues involving name changes, life planning, wills, and succession rights.

The Life Planning Initiative, a joint venture of CBJC’s Elderlaw and Cancer Advocacy Projects, provides seniors, cancer patients and cancer survivors with information and legal assistance on advance directives and end-of-life planning, including health care proxies, powers of attorney, living wills, simple wills and funeral options. In addition, the Elderlaw Project conducts monthly on-site legal clinics at senior centers where staff and volunteer attorneys provide advice and brief services to seniors on a variety of matters, mostly concerning consumer issues; and the Cancer Advocacy Project provides advice related to discrimination in the workplace, assistance dealing with insurance companies, and referrals for help with other health related legal issues.

The Medical Legal Life Planning Practice Coordinator will be responsible for the administrative work for these two projects as well as for community outreach. This involves making presentations at community organizations, organizing training programs and legal clinics, acting as liaison to law firm volunteers, and maintaining the client and volunteer database, running monthly statistics and answering phone calls. The Coordinator may also provide follow-up assistance to clients, write articles about the projects and develop self-help materials and other aids for clients and community workers.

Knowledge and Education
Qualifications include a college degree, demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work, fluency in Spanish, strong computer and organizational skills, and an ability to interact with seniors, the LGBT population and other indigent clients, volunteer attorneys and government employees. Experience with public benefits advocacy is a plus and a two year commitment is required.

The City Bar Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. We pay commensurate with public interest salaries and experience and provide a generous benefits package. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and two references (including daytime telephone numbers) by e-mail to humanresources@nycbar.org or by regular mail to:

Director of Human Resources
New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036