Job Listing: Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) Coordinator

Position: Project Coordinator - Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP)

Reports to:  Director of the Legal Hotline, City Bar Justice Center


The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) is a division of the City Bar Fund, the non-profit affiliate of the New York City Bar.  Each year our staff and team of volunteer attorneys from the private bar provide free legal assistance, through direct representation projects and a telephone Legal Hotline, to approximately 20,000 low-income New Yorkers who do not have access to other legal resources.   



The Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) of the CBJC is made up of a panel of experienced volunteer Trusts & Estates attorneys who provide low income individuals with free legal advice and assistance for probate and administration of estates.  PELP was founded in 2013 and is currently staffed by one Project Coordinator and a Senior Project Coordinator. PELP combats poverty by helping low to moderate income clients who cannot afford to hire a private attorney address their life planning needs, untangle estate problems and protect any assets that they have worked hard to save. Our goal is to empower clients to claim and maintain these assets so that poverty is not perpetuated because the client could not succeed to family property or leave it for the next generation.


Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Screening calls that come in through a telephone intake line, interviewing and recording data on potential clients who need assistance with an estate or personal life planning matter;
  • Providing basic information under the direction of the Director of the Legal Hotline and Special Programs and referring appropriate cases to the PELP panel;
  • Serving as the liaison with the pro bono attorney panel by presenting new cases to the panel;
  • Preparing legal documents under the supervision of the volunteer attorneys, and organizing frequent clinics in which the volunteers meet with PELP clients to provide assistance with document preparation;
  • Be the point-of-contact for PELP’s outreach efforts which include a medical-legal partnership, occasional collaborations with community groups, and intern recruitment from local law schools.



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 6 months of relevant work experience (internships acceptable)
  • Outstanding verbal and writing skills;
  • Culturally sensitive communication style;
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to prioritize between simultaneous tasks and assignments;
  • Ability to identify key issues and relevant information and find solutions;
  • Ability to work independently and exhibit self-direction;
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Ability to analyze data and write reports;
  • Flexibility to work some evening hours;
  • Passion for social justice and alignment with the City Bar Justice Center’s mission;
  • Spanish language skills a plus!
  • Other administrative tasks as needed.


We are looking for candidates who are willing to make at least a two-year commitment to this role. Recent college graduates are welcome to apply. A generous benefits package is offered.


To apply, send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations via email to and include Project Coordinator – PELP in the subject line.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  It is the policy of the Organization to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the Organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.