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Attorney I, 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.

The Staten Island Housing Unit, in particular, 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, we advocate on the behalf of clients to retain or attain crucial public benefits that can preserve affordable housing.

Responsibilities: 

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

Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Licensed to practice law in NY State or eligible for Admission by Motion to NY State.
  • Must be admitted to New York State Bar or be eligible for admission
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, landlord/tenant law preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to poverty law and social justice work
  • Superb 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.)

EOE:

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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send resume, writing sample and cover letter in MS word attachment to:

submitresumes@CAMBA.org

Please write "Attorney I (Housing), CAMBA Legal Services (CLS)--Housing Unit - Staten Island" in subject of e-mail.

 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled. ​

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