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Position Title: Attorney – Federal Pro SE LEGAL ASSISTANCE Project (FEDPRO)
Department: City Bar Justice Center

The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project (FEDPRO) is an innovative pilot project that will provide one-on-one legal assistance, free of charge, to non-prisoner, pro se litigants in the United States Court for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY). The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), the pro bono affiliate of the New York City Bar Association, developed the Project in partnership with the EDNY. The Project joins the many other projects CBJC oversees that provide legal services to approximately 20,000 poor and low income New Yorkers each year.

The attorney will meet with litigants either by appointment or during time for walk-in consultations, in an office of the CBJC located in the EDNY Courthouse. While the attorney will not represent litigants in court, he or she will provide assistance to litigants in all stages of their cases. At the preliminary stage, the attorney's responsibilities will include briefly advising litigants, including explaining federal court procedure and whether federal law applies to their case, and if appropriate, referring litigants who may need access to other social service organizations. For litigants further along in a case, the attorney's responsibilities will include explaining court orders, rulings, and settlement offers, as well as drafting, reviewing, and editing litigants' discovery and motion practice documents. The attorney will also collect case data and create a quarterly report for the CBJC to submit to the EDNY. The successful candidate must have the following experience and skills:

EXPERIENCE

  • Be a licensed member of the New York State Bar in good standing with at least five years of litigation experience, preferably in federal court.
  • A demonstrated commitment to assisting low-income and disadvantaged communities.
  • Clinical legal experience, a federal clerkship, and/or a high volume client service practice.
  • Knowledge of federal practice, employment, and civil rights law preferred.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent people skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Excellent project management and database skills.
  • Must be decisive, productive, and able to handle a high volume of activity.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment and independently prioritize with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently in a team-oriented environment.
  • Spanish proficiency is a plus.

We offer a competitive public interest benefits package that includes: medical and dental insurance, vision insurance, pre-tax commuter, health, and dependent care accounts, employer paid short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, and a 401(k) plan.

To find out more about the City Bar Justice Center, please see www.citybarjusticecenter.org

The City Bar Justice Center is strongly committed to diversity and is an EEO employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:  Lynn M. Kelly, Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center, 42 West 44 Street, New York, NY 10036. The application may be submitted by email to mfang@nycbar.org. No phone calls please. Applications are due by January 20, 2015.

 


 

Position Title: A/V Coordinator (Part-time or Full-time)
Department: City Bar Center for CLE
Position Report to: Director/Deputy Director
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Department Function

The New York City Bar Association produces various types of programs, events and meetings, including those hosted by our Committees, or by the City Bar Center for CLE for attorneys to continue their education in the law, as well as a variety of outside groups who may rent our facility. Many of our programs require A/V assistance, including appropriate microphone and podium set-up, and laptops and screens for PowerPoint presentations; many of the events are audio and/or video recorded and some are webcast; and there are teleconferences and web conferences from time to time.

Job Function
Coordinate the A/V needs for all events at the New York City Bar Association.

Major Activities

  • Coordinate A/V needs for events, programs and other City Bar meetings, including:
    • Room A/V set-up as required by event and program hosts;
    • Providing technical assistance during events and programs;
    • Coordinating with Meeting Services Department, CLE Department and others to identify and plan for A/V needs; and
    • Coordinating with the outside A/V vendor and webcast partners for CLE programs.
  • Videotape events.
  • Edit video and audio.
  • Work some early mornings and evenings in connection with events and programs.
  • Take on additional responsibilities/special projects as needed.

Knowledge and Education

High School Graduate. College degree preferred. Proficient with A/V equipment including projectors, microphones, cameras. Advanced editing skills and experience a plus. Customer service-oriented and ability to work well with others. Exhibits excellent troubleshooting skills under high stress situations. Accomplishes assigned projects utilizing highly-developed communication, project management and time management skills.

 

Position available immediately.
If interested and qualified, please send cover letter, salary requirements and resume to:

New York City Bar
Attn: Human Resources Director
42 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Fax (212) 382-6769
E-mail:
humanresources@nycbar.org
EOE

 


 

 

Position: Committee Associate and Executive Assistant

Reports to: General Counsel and Director of Career Development and Committee Engagement

General list of responsibilities:

  • Schedule meetings, handle correspondence conduct research and provide assistance to the Association's President, General Counsel and Director of Career Development and Committee Engagement
  • Assist in coordinating the work of the Association's 160 committees including tracking, finalizing and distributing committee reports; planning programs; and providing administrative assistance to committees
  • Assist with committee membership administration
  • Assume primary responsibility for special projects, including the coordination of annual awards programs for deserving public service attorneys
  • Write newsletters and electronic communications re: committee-related issues
  • Help maintain committee webpages
  • Provide general administrative support; answering phone calls, including calls for the Ethics Hotline and from members and the public

 

Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree
Excellent communication and computer skills
Experience in an office setting
Interest in law or in nonprofit organizations 

Position available January 2015. Salary Range mid 30's
If interested and qualified, please send cover letter and resume to:

New York City Bar
Attn: Human Resources Director
42 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
Fax (212) 382-6769
E-mail: humanresources@nycbar.org
EOE


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 cover letter, resume, salary requirements 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

 


 

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