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 a 1,000 people per month.
Project Coordinator (Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project)
The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar, 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. In addition, the City Bar Justice Center’s telephone hotline provides referrals and brief advice to 1,000 people per month. The CBJC is conveniently located at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.
The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) provides legal assistance to low to moderate-income microentrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business in NYC. NELP recruits, trains and supervises volunteer attorneys from 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 holds weekly community based events, including presentations and legal clinics during the evening. The Project Coordinator works closely with the Project Director to determine which clients can be helped by the Project.
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;
- Maintaining client and volunteer database 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;
- Flexibility to work evenings as needed.
Qualifications and Skills:
- Bachelor’s degree;
- Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is preferred;
- Minimum 6 months of work and/or internship experience;
- Computer and technologically savvy;
- 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 low- and moderate-income clients and volunteer attorneys.
Recent college graduates are welcome to apply. A generous benefits package is offered.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include Project Coordinator – NELP in the subject line.
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.
Summer 2019 Internship Program
The City Bar Justice Center seeks to increase access to justice by leveraging the resources of the New York City legal community. CBJC draws upon its relationship with the New York City Bar in order to provide legal assistance to low-income New York City residents with civil legal problems and mobilizes lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments and other institutions to provide pro bono legal services; educate the public on legal issues; foster strategic relationships; and impact public policy.
There are currently a limited number of law and college student internship positions available to work with various Projects at CBJC. Interns will work closely with Project Directors and Coordinators in advancing program initiatives, and will gain hands-on experience in project management and the facilitation of direct legal services. A list of projects is available on our website; please indicate in your cover letter which project(s) you are most interested in interning with.
Each internship will run for approximately eight weeks and all intern positions are unpaid. Spanish and Chinese language skills are a plus. Students who are interested in applying should submit a resume, letter of interest and a short writing sample to Erika Lawrenson, Administrative Manager at the City Bar Justice Center, at email@example.com by March 1, 2019.
Pro Bono Scholars and Fellowships
The City Bar Justice Center is now accepting applications for fellowship placements and the Pro Bono Scholars program beginning Spring 2019. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume, cover letter and other supplemental application materials to Erika Lawrenson, Administrative Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.