Staff Attorney

May 23rd, 2022
Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

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

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

Founded in 1990, the mission of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is to provide high-quality, pro bono legal services and community education to our neighbors in need. Using the collective talents of our dedicated staff and volunteers, we help ensure a more accessible legal system and equitable Brooklyn. We serve Brooklyn residents, borough-wide, who are living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and experiencing legal issues related to family stability, including custody, visitation, child and spousal support, and uncontested divorce; foreclosure intervention and prevention; Chapter 7 bankruptcy and consumer debt litigation and advocacy; Article 17A Guardianship; and elder law, including advance directives and wills. To address these needs, we provide advice and counsel, brief services, and full legal representation, as applicable, as well as referrals for legal needs outside our scope of services. We also engage in community legal education in these areas, which aims at early intervention so Brooklynites can identify and seek help for legal problems as soon as they arise. For more information visit www.brooklynvlp.org.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The VLP 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 VLP’s Volunteer Lawyer for the Day Consumer Debt Program (VLFD) program in Kings County Civil Court, and will work with VLP’s director of legal services and staff to strengthen the VLP’s 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 VLP’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 VLP’s VLFD program

• Recruit volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono representation to VLP 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. The VLP 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

Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

  • 44 Court St, Suite 1206
  • Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • Phone:

To apply for this job email your details to Jobs@Brooklynvlp.org

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