Staff Attorney

June 15th, 2022
Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
Job Category: Legal
Location: Brooklyn
Job Sectors: Legal

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION Access Justice Brooklyn partners with compassionate pro bono attorneys to provide high-quality, civil legal services that help ensure equal access to the legal system. Founded in 1990 as the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Access Justice Brooklyn is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that continues offering free legal advice and representation to people who cannot afford it. Our dedicated staff and volunteer legal professionals provide direct civil legal services and assistance to Brooklyn residents living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Our primary referral areas prioritize essential aspects of life, with a focus toward family stability, aging safely and comfortably, personal finances, housing, and freedom of movement. Staff also participate in and facilitate clinics, hotlines, and other types of legal education. Learn more about Access Justice Brooklyn by visiting www.accessjusticebrooklyn.org.

POSITION OVERVIEW Access Justice Brooklyn has an exciting opportunity for an attorney to serve as a staff attorney for its consumer law practice. The staff attorney will oversee all aspects of our Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Consumer Debt Program (VLFD) program in Kings County Civil Court, and will work with our director of legal services and staff to strengthen our consumer debt practice, including Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act practice, and The Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), which delivers critical advice and representation to hundreds of litigants a year. The staff attorney will have the unique opportunity to shape Access Justice Brooklyn’s work and leadership in an evolving practice area as the economic crisis continues, requiring innovative and coordinated responses.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

         Manage all aspects of the Access Justice Brooklyn’s VLFD program

         Recruit volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono representation to Access Justice Brooklyn clients by conducting CLE trainings and presentations on consumer debt and bankruptcy

         Mentor and support volunteer attorneys, law students, and staff handling consumer debt and bankruptcy matters

         Oversee CLARO clinics in Civil Court, including staffing, recruitment and supervision of volunteers and law students

         Maintain a caseload of consumer debt and bankruptcy matters

         Conduct intake and provide advice and brief services to Brooklyn residents who are proceeding pro se in consumer debt and bankruptcy matters

         Conduct and organize community outreach and “know your rights” presentations

         Prepare program reports, and assist with grant reports and proposals as needed

         Ensure milestones and programmatic goals are met

         Participate in strategic planning, program assessment, special projects and initiatives, and other organizational work as needed

         Serve on committees, task forces, and panels relating to policy issues and reform efforts 

QUALIFICATIONS

         Admission to NYS Bar is required

         Experience litigating consumer debt cases in New York State is preferred

         Experience with Chapter 7 and/or Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings is preferred

         Passion for social justice and pro bono

         Exceptional attention to detail

         Strong negotiation and litigation skills

         Strong problem-solving, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills

         Flexibility, creativity, and a sense of humor

         Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and prioritize while working under multiple

deadlines

         Outgoing and professional demeanor for interacting with a wide range of individuals from different cultures and backgrounds

         Fluency in Spanish is helpful but not required

SALARY

Competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical; dental; vision; life, accidental death, and long-term disability insurance; 401K plan with employer match; flexible spending accounts; pre-tax transit program; and liberal Paid Time Off policy.

APPLICATION            

Email resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.

Access Justice Brooklyn is an equal opportunity employer. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a diverse staff, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.

Access Justice Brooklyn

  • 44 Court St
  • Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • USA
  • Phone: 7186243894

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@accessjusticebk.org

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