Staff Attorney, Bankruptcy at The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society

Full-Time

Mid Level

Kew Gardens, Queens, NY, USA

$73.000 - $89.000

20 Sep → 20 Oct

Job Description

Subject to continued funding and staff priorities, the Civil Practice is seeking an experienced attorney to join the Citywide Consumer Law Unit as a Bankruptcy Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney will represent debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and may serve as a mentor to other staff attorneys in bringing bankruptcy cases. Although based at the Queens Neighborhood Office, the attorney will represent clients in all five boroughs. The Unit provides legal advice and representation to eligible New Yorkers in a range of consumer matters, including debt collection and consumer rights issues. We also engage in advocacy to protect the rights of low-income New Yorkers in matters of consumer law and provide education to clients about their rights.

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation, disability, and life insurance, and more. Salaries for our unionized jobs are governed by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please visit our Careers page for additional information. Salary and benefits information will be available to applicants, when and if, an offer is made.

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

The Legal Aid Society is taking precautions and implementing safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to comply with New York City's requirements concerning Covid-19. All members of the Legal Aid community have a shared responsibility to support and comply with policies and protocols to protect the health and safety of our community. Learn more about our COVID-19 policy by visiting our website.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer, The Legal Aid Society prohibits discriminatory employment actions against and treatment of its employees and applicants for employment based on actual or perceived race or color, size (including bone structure, body size, height, shape, and weight), religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity (one’s internal deeply-held sense of one’s gender which may be the same or different from one’s sex assigned at birth; one’s gender identity may be male, female, neither or both, e.g., non-binary), gender expression (the representation of gender as expressed through, for example, one’s name, choice of pronouns, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, or body characteristics; gender expression may not be distinctively male or female and may not conform to traditional gender-based stereotypes assigned to specific gender identities), disability, marital status, relationship and family structure (including domestic partnerships, polyamorous families and individuals, chosen family, platonic co-parents, and multigenerational families), genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, credit history, unemployment status, caregiver status, salary history, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Responsibilities

  • Represent and assist clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings
  • Represent clients and advocacy with local, city, state and federal agencies
  • Advocate with local, state and federal agencies on behalf of clients
  • Conduct trainings, community outreach and education
  • Engage in policy advocacy for legislative and regulatory reform
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other groups and organizations
  • Represent the Civil Practice and The Legal Aid Society in the community
  • Promote the work of the office, Consumer Law Unit, and the Civil Practice
  • Work with pro bono lawyer and partner organizations
  • Conduct off-site intake, including during evening hours as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements / Qualifications

  • New York State Bar admission or ready for NYS Bar admission

  • Admission to the Eastern and Southern District preferred

  • Experience in providing bankruptcy assistance required

  • Favorable consideration will be given to attorneys who have familiarity with consumer and foreclosure issues

  • Strong litigation skills preferred

  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team and manage a high volume of cases

  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience in public interest law and civil legal services

  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

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