Overview

Mobilization for Justice (MFJ), a non-profit legal services organization that provides a wide range of free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers, is seeking a staff attorney tor further MFJs efforts to preserve decent and affordable housing for low-income tenants, including families and single adults, through eviction defense, HP proceedings, and affirmative litigation. The attorney will be part of a team that represents tenants in Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan Housing Court, state Supreme Court, federal court, and administrative proceedings.MFJs mission is to achieve social justice, prioritizing the needs of people who are low-income, disenfranchised or have disabilities. We do this by providing the highest quality direct civil legal assistance, conducting community education and building partnerships, engaging in policy advocacy, and bringing impact litigation.MFJ is a 130+ person staff comprised of attorneys, paralegals, social workers and support staff.It is a diverse, unionized, and collegial workplace where staff share the organizations mission to achieve social justice, prioritizing the needs of people who are low-income, disenfranchised or have disabilities.Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:Conducting client intake; conducting legal research; drafting legal memoranda, advocacy letters and other legal papers; and litigating all phases of cases, including drafting pleadings, engaging in motion practice, conducting trials, and writing and arguing appeals.Conducting outreach to Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan communities and training community and tenant groups on the rights of tenants and related housing and fair housing issues.Working with organizers and community leaders to develop and execute strategies to prevent tenant displacement.Staffing and conducting intake at off-site legal clinics (at community organizations, offices of elected officials, places of worship, sister organizations, in courts, and other places to accommodate clients).Inputting and maintaining detailed records in a case management system.Requirements:Admission to NYS Bar required.Spanish language skills strongly preferred.Minimum of one year of litigation experience and experience representing tenants in New York City, or with Section 8 and other subsidized housing preferred.Excellent research and writing skills.Ability to balance an active caseload and travel between MFJs offices, outreach sites, agency offices and courts.Ability to staff clinics, attend tenants association meetings, and participate in other work-related events during evening hours from time to time.Salary is pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.Tracking

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