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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:

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:

2015 Transactional Fellowship Opportunity

The City Bar Justice Center’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project seeks to host a Transactional Fellow for the Fall of 2015.

The City Bar Justice Center increases access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. Drawing upon our relationship with the New York City Bar, the Justice Center provides legal assistance to those in need; mobilizes lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments, and other legal institutions to provide pro bono legal services; educates the public on legal issues; fosters strategic relationships; and impacts public policy.

The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project has been operating successfully since 2003, assisting low to moderate-income entrepreneurs who are starting up or expanding a small business in New York City. Since its inception, NELP has empowered nearly 12,000 entrepreneurs by delivering free and high quality legal services. Partnering with more than 56 law firms, 10 corporate legal departments, and over 30 community-based organizations, NELP assists its clients through community presentations, small business legal clinics, and direct pro bono representation. NELP is seeking a transactional Fellow to join its team in the fall of 2015 to increase the program’s reach and services offered and serve the ever increasing and diverse needs of NYC’s entrepreneurial community.

The Fellow will work closely with and under the supervision of the Director of the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project. The Fellow will be expected to maintain an active caseload, while working to increase the involvement of pro bono attorneys within the fellowship project and conducting community outreach and research as related to the fellowship proposal. The Fellow will be a full-time member of the City Bar Justice Center staff and as such will be eligible for all health and ancillary benefits associated with the Fellowship position. Fluency in Spanish or another foreign language is preferred.

Interested applicants should send: (a) a letter of interest, describing the applicant's qualifications and interest in the fellowship, including indication of the applicant's primary areas of interest and any projects the applicant would propose to develop during their fellowship; (b) a resume; (c) a law school transcript; (d) and a writing sample to: nelp@nycbar.org under the subject line “2015 NELP Transactional Fellowship”. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

The City Bar Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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.