The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice is seeking an experienced and talented lawyer with a deep commitment to public interest practice and policy to join a dedicated team of managers and staff of attorneys, supervisors, and support personnel as the Supervising Attorney of the Neighborhood Office Housing Justice Program. The Housing Justice Program Tenant Defense has courthouse, senior, and community-based offices.

The Civil Practice’s Housing Justice Program provides both eviction defense and affirmative litigation strategies and handles a broad range of individual tenant representation at the trial and appellate levels, including holdovers, nonpayment proceedings, HPs, Housing Authority administrative hearings, and state court appeals, and represents low-income tenant associations in proceedings to enforce the housing maintenance code.

The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for the smooth and effective day-to-day operations of the Housing Justice Program in the assigned office. The Supervising Attorney will also coordinate some grant projects, mentor and supervise staff, provide legal leadership, and prioritize legal issues. The Supervising Attorney participates in Practice-wide management discussions and decision-making and is responsible for maintaining relationships with other stakeholders in the legal, court, and service communities.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities
  • Supervise staff attorneys, paralegals, and volunteers
  • Monitor and maintain a high standard of representation and client service
  • Collaborate and work closely with the Director of Housing Justice and the housing, benefits and grants management teams on all aspects of the citywide housing practice
  • Maintain a limited individual caseload
  • Develop impact and/or affirmative litigation
  • Assist with the implementation and reporting of programs
  • Coordinate intake
  • Provide oversight of pro bono initiatives within the office
  • Respond to client, community, and staff concerns
  • Analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy, and supervise the implementation of legal strategies
  • Prepare and submit necessary grant-reporting paperwork
  • Assist with planning and conducting citywide and statewide coalition meetings and task forces
  • Develop and maintain community support and relationships with community-based organizations, advocates, government agencies, elected officials, and the courts
  • Represent the Civil Practice and Legal Aid in the community
  • Conduct community education, training, and outreach and promote the work of the office, the Housing Practice, and the Civil Practice
  • Conduct off-site intake, including during evening hours as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Training And Qualifications/ Required Documents
  • Admission to the New York State Bar
  • Minimum of three years of legal practice preferred
  • Excellent litigation skills and experience litigating individual and group cases in various forums
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing fundamental issues of poverty and justice within a comprehensive civil legal services model of representation
  • Knowledge in various practice areas within civil legal services practice
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience in public interest law and civil legal services
  • Demonstrated commitment to policy advocacy and administrative reform
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations, including but not limited to seniors
  • Supervisory, mentoring, and management experience preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Grant-writing and fundraising experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Commitment to exploring alternative approaches for legal practice
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team model
  • Pro bono, government, public service, and academic experience will be considered, but is not required
  • Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

Required Documents: Please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample as a PDF when you apply via the LAS Recruitment Portal