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Attorney I, CAMBA Legal Services (CLS) - Crime Victims/ Consumer Unit

CAMBA Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) is the legal services arm of CAMBA, Inc. CLS provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers in the areas of consumer law, foreclosure prevention, immigration, housing law, and crime victims/ domestic violence assistance.  In addition to providing direct representation and providing legal advice and counsel to thousands of clients, CAMBA attorneys also engage in legislative advocacy, impact litigation in both state and federal court, provide community education and offer expert training on a wide range of issues, services that allow members of our community improve their lives. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  The person filling this position is expected, under the direction of the General Counsel, to provide legal assistance to clients of CAMBA Legal Services; including the following:​

  • Representing clients in state civil court in, actions dealing with consumer collection defense, auto fraud, and breach of residential lease as well as affirmative cases involving General Business Law § 349, common law fraud, and rent overcharge.
  • Representing clients in affirmative actions in federal court in actions under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, Electronic Fund Transfers Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Representing and advocating for survivors of domestic violence with consumer law issues.
  • Representing and advocating for crime victims with consumer law issues..
  • Policy advocacy concerning the rights of domestic violence survivors and crime victims.
  • Conducting legal research; drafting legal memoranda, advocacy letters and other legal papers
  • Litigating all phases of cases including defending consumer and foreclosure cases, engaging in motion practice, conducting trials, writing and arguing appeals, filing complaints, and writing amicus briefs.
  • Identifying issues for impact or class action litigation or policy initiatives, including white papers and legislative advocacy campaigns;
  • Advocating in various forums on important consumer issues, including drafting testimony for public hearing.
  • Conduct client intake and assessment of client cases.
  • Provide advice and counsel related to consumer litigation.
  • Interview clients and witnesses, as appropriate, in preparation for litigation and/or court proceedings.
  • Advise clients of their rights, laws, rulings, and regulations applicable to their case.
  • Develop legal strategies, arguments, and testimonies in preparation for presentation of cases for trials, hearings, and oral arguments.
  • File motions, briefs, pleadings, legal memos, and appeals with court clerk.
  • Coordinate follow up advocacy with lenders, agencies providing financial assistance, etc.
  • Ensure paralegals conduct proper follow-up with all aspects of cases (i.e. – proper filing and service of court documents, follow-up with administrative and social agencies).
  • Coordinate with other attorneys to ensure case/ intake coverage.
  • Provide legal seminars and workshops for various organizations.
  • Attend appropriate trainings.
  • Provide all required information for weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual report.
  • Maintain accurate and comprehensive client files including up to date case note documentation.
  • Participate in and coordinate with other housing, foreclosure prevention and consumer advocates.
  • Record all court dates in the shared court calendar.
  • May assist with billing of cases, including the completion of billable hour forms and corresponding affidavits.
  • May assist new attorneys in consumer/ crime victims work. .
  • May research and analyze statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, legal codes, etc.
  • May conduct outreach.
  • May deliver or direct delivery of subpoenas to witnesses and parties to action.
  • May advocate on behalf of clients when applications are denied i.e.-prepare advocacy letters, etc.
  • Tasks may be modified, expanded and/or assigned over a period of time.

     

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) + Licensed to practice law in NY State

 

Other Requirements:

  • Must be in good standing with NY State Bar
  • Ability to converse with clients in a language other than English desirable (Haitian/Creole, French, Spanish, Russian, etc.)
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, consumer law and/or crime victim/ domestic violence work.

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