Overview

The Safety Net Project(SNP)is one of thirteen independent projects at the Urban Justice Center.SNP provides direct legal and social services in the areas of public benefits access, homelessness, and tenant rights, in addition to engaging in policy advocacy and community organizing led byimpacted community members(the Safety Net Activists). SNP is one of NYCs Right to Counsel providers representing tenants facing eviction and is also active in various grassroots organizing campaigns fighting for systemic change.SNP seeks applicants for a Supervising Attorney position. SNPs Supervising Attorneys provide supervision and support to SNPs Staff Attorneys and Paralegals in its high-volume landlord/tenant practice, while also maintaining a reduced caseload. SNPs housing practice includes providing direct legal assistance and representation to tenants in eviction prevention, plus some affirmative litigation and group representation. SNPs Supervising Attorneys also work closely with the other housing supervisors to collectively manage SNPs high-volume housing litigation practice.Primary Responsibilities Directly supervise a small number of staff attorneys and paralegalsProvide support to case handlers to analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy, and supervise the implementation of legal strategies, including reviewing written work and providing support in court as needed.Mentor staff attorneys and paralegals to ensure a high standard of legal representation and ongoing professional development.Maintain a reduced individual caseload, providing legal advice and representation to tenants in eviction proceedings and some affirmative litigation, including non-payment and holdover cases, housing repairs cases, and NYCHA administrative proceedingsConduct legal intake and evaluate clients legal needs at SNPs various legal clinics, Right to Counsel intake days at Bronx Housing Court, and on a citywide Tenant HelplineProvide Know Your Rights education and technical assistance to tenants and community partners on topics related to landlord-tenant lawStaff 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.Ensure compliance with grant reporting and data entry requirements in SNPs case management systemCollaborate to maintain and strengthen SNP program policies, procedures, and protocols.QualificationsAdmitted to the New York State BarMinimum 3 years of litigation experience in landlord-tenant lawExcellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skillsExcellent litigation skills and experience litigating individual and group cases in various forumsFamiliarity with New York City Housing Authority administrative hearingsA commitment to supporting, training, and mentoring housing staff attorneys and paralegalsSound strategic judgment and the drive to originate and effectuate practice improvementsStrong anti-oppression and social justice analysis andlens, including a deep commitment to racial justice and housing justice workAptitude for tenacious negotiation andadvocacyAbility to balance an active caseload and travel between the main office, satellite office, outreach sites and courtsStrong organizational and time-management skills, including flexibility andtheability to work in a fast-pacedenvironmentAbility to work well independently and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, advocates and social workersGreat interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse communitiesSpanish proficiency is preferredTracking

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