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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.

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Position: Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center

 

Reports To: Executive Director, New York City Bar Association

The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar Association (City Bar), one of the nation’s largest bar associations.  CBJC partners with New York City’s leading law firms and corporate legal departments and with City Bar committees to advocate for low-income New Yorkers with civil legal problems, including by recruiting, training and matching volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation and by issuing reports and recommendations. CBJC’s Legal Hotline, the largest operation of its kind in New York, provides referrals and brief advice to 1,000 people per month.  The CBJC’s work is organized into a dozen projects designed to address areas of unmet civil legal need in a variety of fields including immigration, homelessness, veterans, LGBTQ, bankruptcy, small businesses, elder law and estate planning. CBJC, conveniently located in a historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan, is working remotely during the pandemic.

The Executive Director leads a staff of approximately 20 attorneys at different levels of experience and other staff including 8 non-attorney project coordinators. The Executive Director is a thought leader in shaping discussions within the legal and non-profit communities around improving access to justice.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic vision and leadership for CBJC and its programs;
  • Ensure the quality of legal services provided to 26,000 clients annually;
  • Strengthen and build relationships with stakeholders including client communities and pro bono law firms and corporate legal departments;
  • Collaborate with City Bar departments and committees, the City Bar Fund Board and the other programs of the City Bar Fund (Office for Diversity & Inclusion, Vance Center for International Justice and Lawyer Assistance Program);
  • Create budgets and manage financial health of organization;
  • Oversee government and foundation grants and lead fundraising efforts (historically at least an additional $2 million annually);
  • Lead diverse team of experienced lawyers and administrative staff and provide substantive supervision;
  • Oversee communications for CBJC and engage in speaking and writing about pro bono legal services and serving the legal needs of low-income people.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will be an attorney who is an accomplished and dynamic leader, advocate, and manager committed to expanding legal services through pro bono and direct representation and who is passionate about social justice and racial equity.

Professional experience includes:

  • Significant senior non-profit or legal-related leadership;
  • Management, fundraising, litigation and operational experience;
  • Enthusiasm for fundraising and governmental relations;
  • Deep understanding of New York City’s legal community, bar associations, and law firm and corporate legal departments and their capacity to provide pro bono legal services;
  • Engagement with and support for public interest law organizations in New York City and the populations they serve;
  • At least ten years of legal experience including prior experience working as a public interest and/or pro bono attorney;
  • Technology-forward orientation to all aspects of legal practice, operations and fundraising.
  • Editing and writing, including engagement on social media.

Personal attributes include:

  • Strategic and positive leadership;
  • Inclusive approach to management and decision-making;
  • Commitment to delivering high-quality legal work;
  • Excellent communicator and relationship builder who can represent and advocate for the organization to diverse stakeholders.
  • Commitment to the pro bono service model;
  • Ability to innovate and work in a prolonged remote environment.

Education: J.D. required.

Bar Admissions: New York

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations via email to humanresources@nycbar.org and include Executive Director-CBJC in the subject line.  We offer a generous benefits package. Salary commensurate with skills and experience.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We encourage diverse candidates to apply. 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.

Position: Staff Attorney – Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP)  

 

Reports to: Director of the Legal Hotline and Special Programs, City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) is a division of the City Bar Fund, the non-profit affiliate of the

New York City Bar Association, one of the nation’s largest bar associations.  The City Bar Justice Center assists low income New Yorkers with civil legal problems who cannot afford an attorney. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation through numerous projects, providing direct representation, community education and online resources, and a telephone Legal Hotline, to 26,000 low-income New Yorkers who do not have access to other legal resources.  The CBJC is currently working remotely but anticipates returning to the City Bar building in midtown Manhattan when public health permits during 2021.

Job Function

The Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) Staff Attorney will work with a panel of experienced volunteer Trusts & Estates attorneys who provide free legal advice and assistance for probate/administration of estates and end of life planning.  PELP combats poverty by helping low to moderate income clients to address their life planning needs, untangle estate problems and protect any assets that they have worked hard to save. Our goal is to empower clients to claim and conserve these assets so that poverty is not perpetuated because the client could not succeed to sustain family property or leave it for the next generation.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Screen a high volume of cases; interview and record data on potential clients who need assistance with an estate or end of life planning matter;
  • Provide legal advice and information; refer and present appropriate cases to the PELP panel;
  • Serve as the liaison with the pro bono attorney panel;
  • Along with the Project Coordinator, assist in placing PELP cases with volunteers and provide support to volunteers;
  • Prepare legal documents and possibly handle a limited number of cases in Surrogate’s Court for representation;
  • Along with Project Coordinator, manage PELP’s outreach efforts which include a medicallegal partnership, occasional collaborations with community groups, and intern recruitment from local law schools;
  • Assist with supervision of project coordinator, interns, and volunteers.

Requirements

  • J.D. degree and admission to the NYS Bar;
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of work experience as an attorney, preferably in Trusts & Estates;
  • Availability to work remotely during regular office hours until return to the office is permitted;
  • Flexibility to work one evening most weeks until 7:30 p.m. for conference call with volunteers;
  • Outstanding verbal and writing skills;
  • Culturally sensitive communication style;
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Passion for social justice and alignment with the City Bar Justice Center’s mission;  Spanish language skills a plus.

We are looking for candidates who are willing to make at least a three year commitment to this role. A generous benefits package is offered.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations via email to humanresources@nycbar.org and include Staff Attorney – PELP in the subject line.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We encourage diverse candidates to apply. 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.

Veterans Assistance Project – Project Director (Attorney)

 

Reports to: Deputy Director

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar Association (City Bar), one of the nation’s largest bar associations.  CBJC partners with New York City’s leading law firms and corporate legal departments and with City Bar committees to advocate for low-income New Yorkers with civil legal problems, including by recruiting, training and matching volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation and by issuing reports and recommendations. CBJC’s Legal Hotline, the largest operation of its kind in New York, provides referrals and brief advice to 1,000 people per month.  The CBJC’s work is organized into a dozen projects designed to address areas of unmet civil legal need in a variety of fields including immigration, homelessness, veterans, LGBTQ, bankruptcy, small businesses, elder law and estate planning. CBJC, conveniently located in a historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan, is working remotely during the pandemic.

The City Bar Justice Center’s Veterans Assistance Project seeks an experienced attorney to direct this pro bono project representing low-income veterans and their families who seek benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The attorney will recruit, train, and mentor volunteer attorneys and, in addition, will be encouraged to build a more holistic federal practice regarding the legal rights and well-being of veterans.

CBJC’s Veterans Assistance Project (VAP) provides low-income veterans and their family members in New York City with pro bono legal assistance on claims for service-connected disability compensation and other benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Since its inception, VAP has assisted thousands of veterans, recovered over $5 million in retroactive benefits in addition to ongoing disability benefits, and leveraged over $2 million in free legal services for veterans. VAP’s attorney director supervises a project coordinator and advocates for increased veterans legal services by, inter alia, providing technical assistance to other nonprofit legal services providers and collaborating with the profession and funders.

Job Requirements:

  • 5 or more years of legal experience;
  • Experience in a law school clinic, nonprofit legal services or advocacy organization, or pro bono experience representing low income clients; federal clerkship, government agency experience or military service a plus;
  • Well organized and very strong technology skills;
  • Excellent client counseling, oral and written communication, and cultural competency skills;
  • Strong advocacy skills;
  • Commitment to assisting low income clients from diverse backgrounds;
  • Familiarity with military service, administrative law, government benefits and medical records desirable;
  • Experience in federal litigation desirable;
  • Interest in training and supervising volunteer attorneys, fellows, law students and other interns.

Education: J.D. required.

Bar Admissions: New York

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and short legal writing sample via email to humanresources@nycbar.org and include VAP-CBJC in the subject line.  We offer a generous benefits package.  Competitive public interest salary commensurate with skills, experience, and size of our organization.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We encourage diverse candidates to apply. 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.

Internships

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@nycbar.org.

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@nycbar.org.