City Bar Justice Center projects operate across a diverse range of legal issues. Each project is run by an experienced legal expert, coordinated by a dedicated staff member, and delivered through pro bono volunteer lawyers and community outreach. In addition, CBJC operates the largest free civil Legal Hotline in NYC, providing assistance to over 1,000 people per month.
This position will be assigned to work principally with the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP), which provides legal assistance to low to moderate-income micro-entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business in NYC. NELP recruits, trains and supervises volunteer attorneys from corporate legal departments and law firms throughout NYC to provide pro bono legal services and provide assistance with issues such as entity formation, intellectual property protection, contract drafting, etc. NELP traditionally holds weekly community based events, including presentations and legal clinics during evening hours. The Project Coordinator works closely with the Project Director to determine which clients can be helped by the Project. At least half of the Project Coordinator’s time will be spent with NELP; the remainder of the Project Coordinator’s time will be devoted to flexibly assisting other CBJC projects on an as-needed basis. This position will need to be able to work remotely until such time as the City Bar Justice Center returns to its physical building.
Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:
- Performing general administrative work such as answering phones, setting up client appointments and following up with existing clients;
- Providing case assessment support, including client interviewing and eligibility screening;
- Scheduling, organizing and attending training programs and community outreach events including legal clinics and presentations;
- Acting as liaison with volunteer attorneys and project clients;
- Ability and desire to provide excellent customer service;
- Maintaining client and volunteer databases and tracking the progress and outcome of assigned cases and running statistical reports;
- Conducting research and developing materials such as blog posts on issues relevant to the Project and its work;
- Other administrative, project management, and research tasks as needed.
Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor’s degree;
- Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred;
- Minimum 6 months of work and/or relevant internship experience;
- Computer and technologically savvy; strong computer and data entry skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently;
- A demonstrated interest in social justice issues through coursework, volunteer or work history;
- Careful attention to detail and good judgment;
- Flexibility, including the ability to multi-task;
- Ability to interact with diverse low- and moderate-income clients and volunteer attorneys with sensitivity to cross-cultural differences;
- Must be flexible to work evenings as needed;
- Applications from diverse applicants from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the legal profession are welcomed.
Recent college graduates are welcome to apply.
The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the Organization to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the Organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
Competitive benefits package offered including:
- Choice of medical plans (some available at no charge to employee)
- Life insurance
- Discount program
- Generous paid time off
Level of Language Proficiency
Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) – fluency in written and spoken Spanish preferred
How to Apply
Send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, college transcript, a 2-3 page writing sample along with three references and salary expectations via email and include Project Coordinator – NELP in the subject line.
The City Bar Justice Center considers applications for academic year internships on an ad hoc basis, and accepts applications for our summer internship program between February 1 and March 15 each year. We typically seek law students, but often have capacity for one or two undergraduate interns depending on our program needs at any given time. All internships are unpaid (unless you apply for and secure independent funding – e.g., from your school). If you are interested in applying for any future openings, please send a cover letter as well as your resume, transcript, and a brief writing sample to CBJC Pro Bono Counsel Kurt M. Denk (email@example.com).
Pro Bono Scholars
The City Bar Justice Center considers applications for New York’s Pro Bono Scholars program on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter as well as your resume, transcript, and a brief writing sample to CBJC Pro Bono Counsel Kurt M. Denk (firstname.lastname@example.org).