A 501(c) (3) Nonprofit Organization seeks applicants for a Housing Staff Attorney. A 501(c) (3) Nonprofit Organization's Staff Attorneys provide direct legal representation to tenants in landlord-tenant cases, including civil proceedings in NYC Housing Court, affirmative litigation, and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) administrative hearings and appeals. We are seeking attorneys who are looking for a creative and non-traditional environment, working with passionate and dedicated professionals in the fight against gentrification, displacement, and racist housing systems.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide legal advice and representation to tenants in eviction proceedings and some affirmative litigation, including non-payment and holdover cases, housing repairs cases, NYCHA administrative proceedings, and group litigation.
  • Conduct all aspects of litigation such as pleadings, motion practice, discovery, hearings, and trials, and appeals as needed.
  • Conduct legal intake and evaluate clients' legal needs at A 501(c) (3) Nonprofit Organization's various legal clinics, Right to Counsel intake days at Bronx Housing Court, and on a citywide Tenant Helpline.
  • Provide Know Your Rights education and technical assistance to tenants and community partners on topics related to landlord-tenant law.
  • Staff outreach clinics, attend tenants' association meetings and participate in other work-related events during evening hours from time to time.
  • Working across disciplines by collaborating with other attorneys, advocates, and social workers to assess and address client needs.

Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York or have a pending admission to practice in New York, and demonstrate:
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and oral communication skills
  • Applicants with between 0-4 years of litigation experience in landlord-tenant law will be strongly preferred.
  • Strong anti-oppression and social justice analysis and lens, including a deep commitment to racial justice and housing justice work.
  • Aptitude for tenacious negotiation and advocacy.
  • Ability to balance an active caseload and travel between the main office, satellite office, outreach sites, and courts.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, including flexibility and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, advocates, and social workers.
  • Great interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse communities.
  • Spanish proficiency is strongly preferred.