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Staff Attorney (Housing), CAMBA Legal Services Housing Unit – Staten Island

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City, where all children and adults have access to the resources and supports they need to thrive.  We take a comprehensive approach by offering more than 160 integrated programs in:  Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Job Training & Employment Support Services, Health, Housing, and Legal Services. We reach more than 65,000 individuals and families each year at our 90 locations, including 10,000 youth.  CAMBA serves a diverse cross section of New Yorkers from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. More than half of our clients are immigrants and refugees from around the globe. Over 85% of our families are in living in poverty, reflecting the challenges faced by nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers today.

For more than 20 years, CAMBA Legal Services has provided free, high-quality legal representation and advice to New Yorkers facing eviction and foreclosure, fighting high consumer debt, seeking U.S. residency and surviving domestic violence. CLS uses its diverse resources to offer holistic representation and advice. In particular, the Staten Island Housing Unit preserves affordable housing for Staten Island's low-income communities through representation of low-income individuals and families throughout Staten Island who are facing threats of eviction, harassment, or issues of habitability. Additionally, the Housing Unit advocates on behalf of clients to retain or attain crucial public benefits that can preserve affordable housing. The support staff, law graduates, and staff attorneys at CAMBA Legal Services are unionized with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW Local 2325  as the CAMBA Legal Services Workers Union. This position is based in CAMBA Legal Services' Staten Island location.

What The Housing Attorney Does: 

  • Provide direct legal representation and advice to the clients of CAMBA Legal Services
  • Litigate cases in housing court, administrative forums, and other state courts on behalf of people facing eviction, and in affirmative cases challenging those who threaten Staten Island residents' ability to retain affordable housing
  • Regularly appear in court, persuasively advocate for clients, conduct interviews, draft motions, prepare for trial, and negotiate settlements

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Must be admitted to New York State Bar​
Other Requirements:
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, landlord/tenant law preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to poverty law and social justice work
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills; ability to multi-task in fast-paced environment; excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to converse with clients in a language other than English preferred (Haitian/Creole, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, etc.)​
How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to and write "Staff Attorney –Staten Island Housing Unit" in subject of email.​

CAMBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, pregnancy status or sexual orientation.

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