Jobs

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.

Project Coordinator (Bilingual), Immigrant Justice Project

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an enthusiastic and organized individual who is committed to equal access to justice to join our team as a Project Coordinator for our Immigrant Justice Project. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting over 25,000 New Yorkers who lack the resources to hire private counsel. CBJC also relies on partnerships with the City Bar, law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, and other stakeholders. In the past year, over 2,200 pro bono attorneys donated services to support clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

The City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) assists asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries, survivors of violent crimes and trafficking here in the United States, and individuals seeking humanitarian protection and other forms of immigration relief. We match many CBJC immigration clients with pro bono attorneys and provide mentoring and guidance throughout the representation, as well as hold legal assistance clinics, know your rights presentations, and other trainings.

The Project Coordinator works closely with and under the supervision of IJP’s Directors to handle the following areas of responsibility, among others:

  • Serve as the first point of contact for immigrants seeking legal assistance, conducting eligibility screening and client interviews and providing case assessment support.
  • Carefully maintain client and volunteer databases and diligently track case statistics.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications / reports and other fundraising activities.
  • Provide administrative help by answering phones and setting up client appointments, while also providing caring follow-up to clients, who typically seek our assistance at very vulnerable moments in their lives.
  • Provide organizational and logistical support for both virtual and in-person training programs, legal clinics, and community outreach events.
  • Conduct research and draft initial applications under the supervision of IJP attorneys.
  • Liaise with attorney volunteers from large firms and corporate legal departments.
  • Other City Bar Justice Center administrative work, including with other CBJC Projects, as needed.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree or substantially equivalent work experience in a professional setting.
  • Minimum 6 months of work experience (relevant internships acceptable).
  • Spanish fluency required—written and spoken.
  • Strong data-entry, organizational and project management skills; high attention to detail; excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable communicating both by telephone and in direct contact with the public; self-starter with a record showing (or a demonstrable capacity for) consistent professional timeliness and reliability.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, and the ability to quickly learn and effectively use LegalServer and other technology.
  • Ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, and demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work, serving communities that are under-resourced, and advancing racial equity and social and economic justice is required.
  • A team player with an ability to interact respectfully with clients, volunteer attorneys, government employees, and fellow staff members.

We are looking for candidates who are willing to make a minimum commitment of two years to the Project Coordinator role and can start as soon as possible. Candidates for this position must be available for in-person work at our Midtown Manhattan office on a hybrid schedule requiring roughly 2-3 days of scheduled in-office work per week, with the balance of time being work-from-home.

This is a Local 153, Office and Professional Employees International Union position, with a starting annualized salary of at least $46,509 based on a 35-hour workweek (with an anticipated increase currently under negotiation), and other benefits and employment terms and conditions determined by a collective bargaining agreement. The City Bar’s competitive benefits package also includes generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in the summer), choice of medical plans (some offered at almost no cost to employee), dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts, and more!

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

To apply: Please click here.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds and unique experiences to apply. We welcome diversity of all kinds. It is our policy 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), 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 due to their religious beliefs, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.

Staff Attorney - Homeowner Stability Project

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an attorney committed to expanding access to justice to join us as a full-time Staff Attorney supporting our Homeowner Stability Project, an innovative initiative that assists New Yorkers of low to moderate means in foreclosure, title correction, deed theft/scam prevention and other housing stability matters. CBJC provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting over 25,000 New Yorkers each year who lack resources to hire private counsel. With a staff of roughly 40, CBJC also relies on expansive partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the City Bar, and other stakeholders. In FY2023-24, over 2,000 pro bono attorneys donated services to support clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to: 

  • Working under the supervision of HSP’s project director and in collaboration with HSP’s legal and support team to assist homeowners throughout New York City who face housing instability, with a particular focus on homeowners who identify as Black, of color, elders, or LGBTQ+, and other New Yorkers struggling with poverty and other systemic socioeconomic barriers, and to support HSP’s goals of keeping individuals and families in their homes and neighborhoods and communities intact while addressing the inequities of discriminatory historic and current lending and property law practices.
  • Screening a high volume of cases; interviewing and recording data on potential clients; and assessing, investigating and researching incoming matters, land and title records, and relevant case law.
  • Providing brief legal advice as well as full representation in both litigation and transactional matters as assigned by the project director, including by preparing briefs, motion papers, deeds, and other legal documents, and appearing at hearings and conferences in New York Supreme Court, Surrogate’s Court and Federal Court.
  • Assisting the project director in placing HSP cases with volunteers, tracking and reporting on data, providing training and ongoing support to volunteers, and managing HSP’s outreach efforts which include legal partnerships, community group collaboration, and intern recruitment and supervision.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Candidates must be New York bar members in good standing with at 1+ years of relevant practice experience (including internships/clerkships), preferably in nonprofit legal services and with a focus on housing/homeowner legal issues.
  • We seek a detail-oriented self-starter with superb legal judgment and a capacity to multi-task who is creative, thoughtful, tech savvy, and has high standards in work quality, and who can demonstrate a commitment to racial and economic justice and to serving those who struggle with a lack of resources.
  • Excellent writing and editing, research, oral communication, and organizational/project management skills; ability to work both independently and with others, and to effectively supervise volunteers, interns, and legal assistants.
  • Excellent people and client counseling skills, including effectively interacting with members of the public in a respectful and sensitive way, many of whom suspect institutions and the legal profession, and some of whom experience legal problems compounded by mental health struggles.
  • Collegiality and being able to communicate and work collaboratively with other attorneys and support staff.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 and ability to effectively learn and use LegalServer and other platforms.

The City Bar Justice Center has a hybrid work environment, and candidates for this position will be expected to work out of our main offices located in the City Bar building in midtown Manhattan roughly 50% of the time and remotely for the balance of time, and also will be expected to travel locally in the course of representing clients. This position is supported by a renewable grant. 

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

Salary for this position is in the $72,500 – $85,000 range (annualized) depending on experience. The New York City Bar Association provides a competitive benefits package, including generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays including closing between Christmas and New Year’s day this year, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in summer), choice of medical plans, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, complimentary New York City Bar Association membership, many free City Bar CLEs and employee discounts, among others.

To apply: please submit (1) a cover letter explaining your interest, (2) a resume, and (3) three professional business references here.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy 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), 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 due to their religious beliefs, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking. 

Project Coordinator (Legal Non-Profit)

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks enthusiastic and organized individuals who are committed to equal access to justice to join our team as Project Coordinators. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting over 25,000 New Yorkers who lack the resources to hire private counsel. CBJC also relies on partnerships with the City Bar, law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, and other stakeholders. In the past year, over 2,200 pro bono attorneys donated services to support clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

CBJC Project Coordinators work closely with and under the supervision of attorney Project Directors to handle the following areas of responsibility, among others, for a specific project (practice area):

  • Serve as the first point of contact for clients seeking legal assistance, conducting eligibility screening and client interviews and providing case assessment support.
  • Carefully maintain client and volunteer databases and diligently track case statistics.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications / reports and other fundraising activities.
  • Provide administrative help by answering phones and setting up client appointments, while also providing caring follow-up to clients, who typically seek our assistance at very vulnerable moments in their lives.
  • Provide organizational and logistical support for both virtual and in-person training programs, legal clinics, and community outreach events.
  • Conduct research and draft initial papers or applications under the supervision of CBJC attorneys.
  • Liaise with attorney volunteers from large firms and corporate legal departments.
  • As needed, provide general administrative support, including with new programming within and across CBJC projects.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree or substantially equivalent work experience in a professional setting.
  • Minimum 6 months of work experience (relevant internships acceptable).
  • Strong data-entry, organizational and project management skills; high attention to detail; excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable communicating both by telephone and in direct contact with the public; self-starter with a record showing (or a demonstrable capacity for) consistent professional timeliness and reliability.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, and the ability to quickly learn and effectively use LegalServer and other technology.
  • Ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, and demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work, serving communities that are under-resourced, and advancing racial equity and social and economic justice is required.
  • A team player with an ability to interact respectfully with clients, volunteer attorneys, government employees, and fellow staff members.
  • Professional working proficiency in a non-English language a plus, but not required.

We are looking for candidates who are willing to make a minimum commitment of two years to the Project Coordinator role, and positions will become available during the course of the summer and early autumn.

Candidates for this position must be available for in-person work in Manhattan on a hybrid schedule requiring roughly 2-3 days of scheduled in-office work per week, with the balance of time being work-from-home.

This is a Local 153, Office and Professional Employees International Union position, with a starting annualized salary of at least $46,509 based on a 35-hour workweek (with an anticipated increase currently under negotiation), and other benefits and employment terms and conditions determined by a collective bargaining agreement. The City Bar’s competitive benefits package includes generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work, extra time off in the summer), choice of medical plans (some offered at almost no cost to employee), dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts, and more!

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

To apply: Please click here.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds and unique experiences to apply. We welcome diversity of all kinds. It is our policy 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), 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 due to their religious beliefs, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.

Social Work Practicum

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC), an affiliate of the NYC Bar Association and provider of free civil legal aid services (https://www.citybarjusticecenter.org/our-projects/), seeks a social work student for a practicum with the interdisciplinary, trauma informed client support structure that CBJC provides to support litigants representing themselves in federal court in a range of matters including employment discrimination, civil rights, and other matters. CBJC expands access to justice by providing high quality, free civil legal services that benefit more than 25,000 New Yorkers each year who lack resources to hire private counsel. Pro bono partnerships with law firms and corporate legal departments, as well as strategic partnerships with courts, community organizations, and other stakeholders offer key support to CBJC’s three dozen member team.

Social Work Practicum Description: The role of the social work practicum student will be to participate in supervised assistance to CBJC clients needing to access human and social services through appropriate referrals, and advocacy for public entitlements and other resources with systems and agencies where applicable. The social work student will work with a diverse population including immigrants, unhoused, LGBTQ+, veterans, elderly, pro se litigants pursuing civil rights and other federal claims, and individuals with a medical health diagnosis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Obtain hands on professional experiences while making meaningful and impactful contributions to the community by advancing human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Apply coursework and learned theories to human behavior while engaging diversity and difference in practice.
  • Develop critical thinking, advocacy skills, and utilize professional judgement.
  • Engage in research-based practices.
  • Build your professional experiences and accomplishments.

Our superstar candidate is:

  • Passionate about providing high quality services to individuals involved in the justice system.
  • A lifetime learner, continuously developing their skills within general social work practice.
  • Dedicated to modeling strength-based, trauma-informed practice with individuals and colleagues.
  • Culturally humble with a commitment to the City Bar Justice Center’s mission, vision, and values.

Major Learning Opportunities:

Learn by working under supervision to:

  • Help clients access human and social services through appropriate referrals (e.g. shelter, medical, and mental health care, public assistance).
  • Develop client service plans as needed.
  • Advocate on behalf of clients for public entitlements and other resources with systems and agencies where applicable.
  • Provide clients with short-term counseling, crisis intervention, and safety and risk management assessments.
  • Facilitate psychosocial education for clients to assess/attend to their needs.
  • Help provide client support by attending Court hearings as needed.
  • Provide other client support duties and projects to be determined in collaboration with supervisor.
  • Complete case notes in internal database in a timely fashion.
  • Participate in all training, supervision, consultation activities, as well as program and agency staff meetings and trainings.
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues and interdisciplinary teams.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited social work program
  • First year or second year social work student
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus
  • Must have strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Must be willing and able to travel to midtown and lower Manhattan office locations
  • Must have a commitment to work from a strength based and trauma-informed perspective

This is an unpaid practicum opportunity. Consideration will be given to candidates who will secure academic credit or funding for this internship through their college or university. There should be no expectation or guarantee of employment with the City Bar at the end of the internship.

To apply: Please click here.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds and unique experiences to apply. We welcome diversity of all kinds. It is our policy 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), 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 due to their religious beliefs, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.