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Position: City Bar Justice Center Part-time Hotline Attorney

Reports to: Director and Deputy of Legal Hotline

Job Description:

The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is part of the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar, one of the nation’s largest bar associations. The City Bar Justice Center assists low income New Yorkers with civil legal problems who cannot afford an attorney. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation through a dozen projects assisting homeless families, disabled veterans, immigrants fleeing violence, microentrepreneurs, and consumers with debt facing bankruptcy or foreclosure. In addition, the City Bar Justice Center's telephone legal hotline provides brief advice and information to 1,000 people per month. The CBJC is conveniently located in a historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

CBJC seeks a half-time attorney for its Legal Hotline. The Hotline, created in 1997, offers legal information, advice and referrals to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford a private attorney or do not have access to legal representation. It assists over 1,000 callers a month on a range of civil legal issues, including matrimonial and family law, housing law, bankruptcy and debt collection, and public benefits. The Hotline operates weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
The staff attorney will be part of a team of counselors who answer questions and provide legal assistance to Hotline callers. This includes providing callers with legal information, advice, and referrals, and conducting some follow-up brief services, such as reviewing legal papers, helping clients write simple letters, making advocacy calls on behalf of clients, and helping clients prepare for a court appearance or strategize the next step in a legal matter.

We require three years experience, preferably in legal services, admission to the New York Bar, and excellent oral communication skills. Fluency in Spanish is a must. In addition, we are looking for a person who is flexible, has high standards for the quality of legal work, enjoys and has had experience working as part of a team, is collegial, and is willing to assist in the supervision and training of staff, paralegals and volunteer attorneys.

The City Bar Justice Center provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status. We pay commensurate with public interest salaries and experience. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and two references (including daytime telephone numbers) by mail or e-mail to:

Director of Human Resources
New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
humanresources@nycbar.org


Position: Attorney - Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project

The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project is an innovative project that provides one-on-one legal assistance, free of charge, to non-prisoner, pro se litigants in the United States District 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 which 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 the 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 or legal services organizations. For litigants further along in a case, the attorney’s responsibilities will include explaining court orders, rulings, and settlement offers, as well as discussing strategy and drafting, reviewing, and editing litigants’ discovery and motion practice documents. The attorney will also collect case data and create quarterly and annual reports 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 law, and civil rights law preferred.

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Excellent people and client counseling skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and superb legal judgment.
  • 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 supervise pro bono attorneys and student interns.
  • 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 regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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 should be submitted by email to humanresources@nycbar.org. No phone calls please. We regret that due to volume, only applications selected for interview will be contacted. The position starts in June 2016.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: AFRICA PROGRAM MANAGER

The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice seeks qualified candidates for the newly-created position of Africa Program Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Vance Center, the Program Manager will take the lead in expanding current programs and building new ones to strengthen the Vance Center’s engagement in certain countries and key issues in Africa. 

The Vance Center advances global justice by engaging lawyers across borders to support civil society and an ethically active legal profession. A program of the City Bar Fund, a New York State non-profit corporation affiliated with the New York City Bar Association, the Vance Center has a current staff of eight lawyers and one administrator and offices at the Bar Association.

The Vance Center has two principal focuses: 1) providing pro bono legal representation, in partnership with more than 500 lawyers from more than 150 law firms in 75 countries, to international, national, and local human rights and environmental organizations, through three thematic program areas; and 2) strengthening ethical practice in the Latin American and sub-Saharan African legal professions through promotion of pro bono engagement, professional responsibility, and diversity. Notably, the Vance Center’s South African Legal Fellows Program over the past 14 years has selected annually two or three South African lawyers of color to work for one year in an international law firm or corporate legal department in New York City.

The Vance Center is the international pro bono program of the New York City Bar Association, and Vance Center staff and Committee members participate actively in Bar Association committees and activities, including the board of the City Bar Fund, the Council on International Affairs, and the Committees on International Human Rights, Inter-American Affairs, and African Affairs. The Vance Center organizes, hosts, and co-sponsors frequent public and Bar Association members-only conferences, meetings, and other events, often co-hosted with Vance Center partners like the Coalition on the International Criminal Court and the International Coalition on the Responsibility to Protect. The New York City Bar Association supports the Vance Center’s public and internal communications and its financial, technology and human resources management.

AFRICA PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Vance Center is expanding current programs and building new ones to strengthen the Vance Center’s engagement in certain countries and key issues in Africa. It is broadening the scope of the re-named African Legal Fellows Program to include lawyers from Kenya and Nigeria and to include a formal pro bono practice component. This expansion coincides with the Vance Center’s efforts to engage more NGOs and law firms in Africa through our pro bono representation program. We plan specifically to pursue greater activities with and in regard to the African Court and Commission on Human and People’s Rights. In addition, the Vance Center is exploring opportunities for pursuing its Women in Profession Program in Africa, most likely in South Africa. To support this multi-faceted expansion, we expect to recruit Africa practitioners to the Vance Center Committee, where we plan to establish an Africa Program Sub-Committee, and to seek foundation and other funding for the Africa program.

AFRICA PROGRAM MANAGER

This newly-created full-time position, reporting to the Executive Director of the Vance Center, will have overall responsibility for the Vance Center’s Africa Program, including managing the African Legal Fellows Program, liaising with the directors of the pro bono representation program and the pro bono partnerships program in identifying pro bono clients and lawyers in respective African countries, and supporting the Africa Program Sub-Committee of the Vance Center Committee, as well as pursuing funding proposals and managing grants for the program.

SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

The program manager should have the following qualifications

  • Law school degree and admission to legal practice, both preferably in the United States;
  • Extensive experience living, studying and/or working in one or more sub-Saharan African countries, preferably Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and/or Uganda;
  • Well-developed understanding of legal, political, and business conditions in sub-Saharan African countries identified;
  • General familiarity with the legal profession in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa, including understanding of pro bono legal practice;
  • Sustained experience identifying sources of nonprofit grant funding and drafting grant proposals, as well as managing restricted grants;
  • Ability to gather, synthesize, analyze, and present qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Professional, confident and personable manner facilitating questioning and discussing with business contacts regarding complex and sensitive matters;
  • Careful attention to detail and schedule;
  • Ability to work independently based on agreed work plan and schedule.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Legal training and experience in law firm or similar organization;
  • Experience with programs similar to those in the Vance Center program;
  • Professional contacts in one or more law firms in one or more African countries identified;
  • Strong commitment to social justice, public interest, and civic engagement.

COMPENSATION
The salary will be commensurate with experience. Employment at the New York City Bar Association includes full benefits, subject to terms of the personnel manual, including health insurance and employer-matched retirement account.

APPLICATION
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter with salary requirements, and resume by email at humanresources@nycbar.org. Please note that we cannot respond to all applications or to any follow-up inquiries.


Position: Project Coordinator for the City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Advocacy Project (VAP) AND Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP)

Job Description:

The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar, one of the nation’s largest bar associations. The City Bar Justice Center assists low income New Yorkers with civil legal problems who cannot afford an attorney. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation through a dozen projects. In addition, the City Bar Justice Center's telephone hotline provides referrals and brief advice to 1,000 people per month. The CBJC is conveniently located in an historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

CBJC’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) provides legal assistance to low-income microentrepreneurs in the initial stages of structuring a company or strengthening an existing business. NELP organizes community-based presentations and legal clinics with other public service organizations and partners with many corporate legal departments and law firms to provide brief legal services as well as ongoing legal representation to entrepreneurs with their small business matters. The Veterans Advocacy Project (VAP) represents veterans seeking disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and conducts a monthly volunteer clinic.

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the administrative work for these two projects as well as for community outreach. This involves making presentations at community organizations, organizing training programs and legal clinics, acting as liaison to law firm volunteers, and maintaining the client and volunteer database, running statistics and answering phone calls. The Coordinator may also provide follow-up assistance to clients, write articles about the projects and develop self-help materials and other aids for clients and community workers.

Qualifications include a college degree, demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work, fluency in Spanish, strong computer and organizational skills, and an ability to interact with low income clients, volunteer attorneys and government employees. A two year commitment is required.

The City Bar Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. We pay commensurate with public interest salaries and experience and provide a generous benefits package.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and two references (including daytime telephone numbers) by e-mail to humanresources@nycbar.org or by regular mail to:

 

New York City Bar Association
Attn: Director of Human Resources
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036