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Supervising Attorney Housing, CAMBA Legal Services (CLS)

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 20,000 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, as a whole, 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. The Housing Unit, in particular, preserves affordable housing for Brooklyn and Staten Island's low-income communities through representation of low-income individuals and families throughout Brooklyn and 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.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.

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. 
  • Ensure the smooth and effective day-to-day operations of the Housing Unit. 
  • Mentor and supervise staff, provide legal leadership, and prioritize legal matters. 
  • Participates in office-wide management discussions and decision-making, in accordance with all program goals, targets, and performance outcomes.

Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Licensed to practice law in NY State.
  • Must be admitted to New York State Bar
  • Minimum of three (3) years of legal practice
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, landlord/tenant law
  • 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
  • Litigation skills and experience litigating individual cases in various forums
  • Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model 
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Supervisory, mentoring, and management experience preferred      

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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