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Supervising Attorney Housing, CAMBA Legal Services (CLS)

Who We Are: 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 affording housing for Brooklyn's low-income communities through representation of low-income individuals and families throughout Brooklyn 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.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The person filling this position is expected, under the direction of the General Counsel, to provide direct legal representation and advice to the clients of CAMBA Legal Services. The attorney will be expected to 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. This person will be expected to regularly appear in court, persuasively advocate for clients, conduct interviews, draft motions, prepare for trial, and negotiate settlements. The successful applicant will also display an understanding and sensitivity to the lived experiences of our diverse clientele.

 

As a Supervising Attorney, the person filling this position is expected to ensure the smooth and effective day-to-day operations of the Housing Unit. The Supervising Attorney will mentor and supervise staff, provide legal leadership, and prioritize legal matters. The Supervising Attorney participates in office-wide management discussions and decision-making, in accordance with all program goals, targets, and performance outcomes.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Licensed to practice law in NY State.

 

Other Requirements:

  • 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      ​

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