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 principally for our Immigrant Justice Project. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting nearly 24,000 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 2021-22, over 1,600 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 Director and Deputy Director to handle the following areas of responsibility, among others:

  • Serve as the first point of contact for immigrants seeking legal assistance, providing case assessment support, and conduct eligibility screening and client interviews
  • Carefully maintain client and volunteer databases and diligently track case statistics
  • 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
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications / reports and other fundraising activities
  • 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

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. (CBJC’s hybrid schedule will remain subject to review and revision.) The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

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.
  • 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.
  • Spanish fluency required—written and spoken.

We are looking for candidates for this entry-level position who are willing to make a minimum commitment of two years to the Project Coordinator role.

This is a Local 153, Office and Professional Employees International Union position, with a starting annualized salary of $44,720 based on a 35-hour workweek, and benefits and other employment terms and conditions determined by an existing 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 to submit a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action 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.

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an enthusiastic and organized individual committed to CBJC’s mission of increasing access to justice to serve as a Communications and Outreach Coordinator. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting nearly 24,000 New Yorkers who lack the resources to hire private counsel. CBJC also relies on partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the City Bar, and other stakeholders. In 2021-22, over 1,600 pro bono attorneys donated services to support legal services clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

Working closely with CBJC’s management team and reporting to the Director of Operations, the individual in this role will streamline and coordinate communications and outreach efforts across the organization as well as with key stakeholders to both publicize and advance the organization’s work on behalf of individuals who cannot afford to hire an attorney and communities facing socioeconomic and other systemic barriers.

The Communications and Outreach Coordinator will handle the following responsibilities, among others:

Communications

  • Draft and publish timely, relevant content for key stakeholders – e.g., clients, volunteers, pro bono and community partners, and funders – including by managing a robust editorial calendar and process focused on crafting a unified voice and message consistent with CBJC’s mission, work, and brand
  • Coordinate social media platforms and posts, monitor account activity, and support website maintenance
  • Curate diversified digital and print materials including social media graphics, infographics, flyers, guides, presentations, and videos, and develop/publish content for all CBJC communications, including email blasts, e-newsletters, online campaigns, news, press releases, and event and programming promotion

Outreach

  • Support CBJC management and projects in building and maintaining collaborative relationships with key stakeholders that support CBJC’s mission, including by creating and managing a list of community contacts and partners and supporting efforts to develop, advance, and publicize new programming
  • Support outreach strategies to sustain and enhance CBJC’s capacity to reach those in need of our services – especially in the housing/homeowner stability area – including by creating structured community outreach plans and monitoring goals and progress; leading community presentations and workshops; and developing and distributing print and digital information and outreach materials
  • Stay informed about community needs and service gaps and engage in dialogue about CBJC’s capacity to address them, including by publicly promoting CBJC’s mission and participating in relevant meetings with civic, business, and community organization leaders and groups as well as other services providers
  • Assist with grant reporting and other general CBJC administrative and programming support as needed

Candidates for this position must be available for in-person work at our Midtown Manhattan office on a hybrid schedule requiring roughly 1-2 days of scheduled in-office work per week, roughly 1 day per week spent in the community doing outreach, and the balance of time being work-from-home. (CBJC’s hybrid schedule will remain subject to review and revision.) The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree or substantially equivalent work experience in communications, outreach, community organizing, or partnership building, and a minimum of 6 months of relevant work experience/internships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, high energy and passion for supporting a mission-driven nonprofit organization, and experience building strong community ties or successful partnerships.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, and superb organizational and time management skills.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to anticipate needs, efficiently multi-task, work well under pressure, meet time-sensitive deadlines, and work both independently with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively with a team.
  • Strong technology skills, including proficiency with Office 365 and a knack for social media and online communications are required; knowledge/experience with media and communications platforms (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Mailchimp, WordPress) and graphic design skills – including basic knowledge of design software such as Canva or Adobe Creative Suite – are highly preferred.
  • Ability to maintain a courteous and professional demeanor with a diverse range of partners and stakeholders, and demonstrated commitment to nonprofit/public interest work, serving communities that are under-resourced, and advancing racial equity and social and economic justice.

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 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. Annual salary is in the low to mid $40,000 range, based on experience, for a 35-hour work week.

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 to submit a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references. While not required, we encourage you to submit a writing or other media portfolio sample.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action 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 Clinic for the Homeless and Pro Bono Initiatives (Bilingual)

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 Legal Clinic for the Homeless (LCH) and Pro Bono Initiatives. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting nearly 24,000 New Yorkers who lack the resources to hire private counsel. CBJC also relies on partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the City Bar, and other stakeholders. In 2021-22, over 1,600 pro bono attorneys donated services to support legal services clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

CBJC’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless team, with the support of volunteer attorneys, provides advice, advocacy, and representation to residents of homeless shelters on issues related to public benefits and other legal challenges faced by those struggling with poverty. CBJC’s Pro Bono Initiatives program helps to oversee our pro bono partner and volunteer recruitment, training, and retention, and also develops new initiatives to respond to evolving legal services needs of New Yorkers struggling with poverty.

The Project Coordinator for these two projects works closely with and under the supervision of the LCH and Pro Bono Initiatives directors to handle the following areas of responsibility, among others:

  • Screen and interview LCH clients (including those who only speak Spanish), review client records, and provide case support and caring follow-up assistance
  • Carefully maintain and run statistical reports on client, program/activity, and volunteer databases
  • Schedule volunteers, and organize virtual and in-person training programs, events, and legal clinics
  • Assist in preparing grant applications and reports; designing and writing program content such as blogs, reports, resources, presentations and social media posts; and drafting and circulating a monthly pro bono partner newsletter
  • Regularly communicate with attorney volunteers from large firms and corporate legal departments
  • Provide general support, including with new programming and other CBJC projects, as needed

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. (CBJC’s hybrid schedule will remain subject to review and revision.) The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree or substantially equivalent work experience in a professional setting.
  • Minimum 6 months of work experience (relevant internships acceptable).
  • Fluency in Spanish, both oral and written.
  • 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.
  • 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 for this entry-level position who are willing to make a minimum commitment of two years to the Project Coordinator role and can start as soon as possible.

This is a Local 153, Office and Professional Employees International Union position, with a starting annualized salary of $44,720 based on a 35-hour workweek, and benefits and other employment terms and conditions determined by an existing 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 to submit a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action 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.

Legal Hotline Staff Attorney – Housing & Homeowner Stability Practice

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an attorney committed to expanding access to justice to join us as a full-time Legal Hotline Staff Attorney working 35 hours/week, on a largely remote basis. The role’s duties will principally focus on supporting housing and homeowner stability matters in conjunction with CBJC’s Homeowner Stability Project, an innovative initiative that assists New Yorkers of low to moderate means in foreclosure, title correction, and other housing stability matters. CBJC provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting nearly 24,000 New Yorkers each year who lack the resources to hire private counsel. With a staff of just over 30, CBJC also relies on expansive partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the City Bar, and other stakeholders. In 2021-22, over 1,600 pro bono attorneys donated services to support legal services clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as part of a team of staff attorneys who provide legal information, advice, and referrals on CBJC’s high-volume Legal Hotline, which typically responds to approximately 1,000 calls and online inquiries per month.
  • Conduct follow-up services for Hotline inquiries focused on housing matters (principally landlord/tenant), including by providing advice and counsel and brief services to pro se tenants.
  • Conduct follow-up services for Hotline inquiries focused on homeowner stability matters (e.g., foreclosure, property liens, deed theft/tangled title and similar matters), including by screening cases, reviewing land and title records and other legal documents, preparing case files, and providing other related support to CBJC’s Homeowner Stability Project (HSP). HSP assists NYC homeowners 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, with a goal of keeping individuals and families in place and neighborhoods and communities intact while addressing the inequities of discriminatory historic and current lending and property law practices.
  • Stay abreast of changes and updates to the law.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • Candidates must be New York bar members in good standing with 1-5 years of relevant practice experience, preferably in nonprofit legal services and with a focus on housing/homeowner legal issues. Candidates also should have skills or be prepared to develop skills in the range of matters handled by CBJC’s Legal Hotline (principally consumer, family, and housing issues); fluency in a non-English language is highly preferred.
  • 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 verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • 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 struggle with mental illness.
  • Collegiality and being able to communicate and work collaboratively with other staff attorneys.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 and ability to effectively learn and use legal database and other platforms.

This is a mostly remote work position, with the individual hired for this position expected to physically come to our offices in midtown Manhattan roughly once a week, and on additional occasions for team-building, training, or other specific business activities. The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

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 full-time position (35 hours/week) is in the low $70,000 range (annualized) depending on experience. The New York City Bar Association provides a competitive benefits package, including generous paid time off, 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 click here to submit a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action 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.

Legal Hotline Staff Attorney (Part Time)

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an attorney committed to expanding access to justice to join us as a fully remote, part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Legal Hotline Staff Attorney. CBJC provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting nearly 24,000 New Yorkers each year who lack the resources to hire private counsel. With a staff of just over 30, CBJC also relies on expansive partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the City Bar, and other stakeholders. In 2021-22, over 1,600 pro bono attorneys donated services to support legal services clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as part of a team of staff attorneys who answer questions and provide legal assistance on CBJC’s high-volume Legal Hotline, which typically responds to approximately 1,000 calls and online inquiries per month.
  • Provide callers with legal information, advice, and referrals on a range of civil legal issues.
  • Occasionally conduct follow-up brief services, such as reviewing legal documents and helping callers draft simple court pleadings.
  • Help clients prepare for a court appearance or strategize the next step in a legal matter.
  • Stay abreast of changes and updates to the law.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • Candidates must be New York bar members in good standing with at least three years of relevant practice experience, preferably in nonprofit legal services and/or with a focus on housing, family, and/or consumer law.
  • 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 verbal and written communication skills and an ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • 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 struggle with mental illness.
  • Collegiality and being able to communicate and work collaboratively with other staff attorneys.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 and ability to effectively learn and use legal database and other platforms.
  • Fluency in a non-English language is highly preferred.

This is a fully remote work position. Our Legal Hotline staff will be expected to physically come to our offices in midtown Manhattan only on rare occasions for team-building, training, or other specific business activities.

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 $40,000-$42,000 (annualized) based on experience and a 20 hours/week schedule. The New York City Bar Association’s benefits package for part-time employees working 20 hours/week includes paid time off, 401K, Employee Assistance Program, complimentary New York City Bar Association membership, many free City Bar CLEs and employee discounts, among others.

To apply: Please click here to submit a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action 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.

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). Please see current open opportunities listed below or 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.