Bilingual Paralegals, Tenants’ Rights Unit - New York Legal Assistance Group
Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $27 million. Serving more than 75,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 280, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org.
The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.
Values that guide us
- We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services.
- We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
- We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.
- We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.
- We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
- We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.
- We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
- We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
- We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.
As NYC’s Universal Access initiative fully expands the right to counsel to all New Yorkers facing eviction, NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit (TRU) has multiple openings for bilingual paralegals who speak Spanish and/or another prevalent language, such as Bengali, French, Russian, Mandarin, or Haitian Creole. There are positions available on each of TRU’s Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens teams for a start date in July 2021.
TRU is an integral part of NYC’s Right to Counsel Coalition to ensure New Yorkers in communities that are burdened by systemic socioeconomic barriers who are at risk of eviction have the right to an attorney to represent them in Housing Court and certain administrative proceedings. TRU represents clients in a full range of tenants’ rights matters, including defending against evictions in housing court, advocating in administrative proceedings, and bringing affirmative litigation.
Because the COVID-19 pandemic has disparately impacted the communities we represent, eviction prevention legal services are more critical now than ever. The paralegals will focus on providing litigation support for attorneys representing tenants in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens and will regularly conduct legal intake (remotely for now) with tenants in eviction proceedings.
Through virtual proceedings that put tenants’ apartments in jeopardy, NYC Housing Court is reopening at an increasing clip. TRU, which has an extremely committed, collegial, and hard-working team of about four dozen staff attorneys, 12 paralegals, and 10 supervisors, is a great place to start or build your career, gaining valuable skills while combatting the threat of eviction and homelessness.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct thorough client legal intakes;
- Investigate facts through interviews and document collection;
- Advocate with various organizations and government agencies on behalf of clients to ensure clients access and/or maintain crucial public benefits;
- Prepare legal documents to assist attorneys;
- Provide oral and written translations for attorneys who represent Spanish-speaking clients in various scenarios, including court appearances;
- Perform legal research and represent clients at administrative hearings; and
- Assist with grant compliance and reporting.
- Superb and meticulous attention to detail;
- Excellent organizational, analytical, writing and communications skills;
- Demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to working with communities burdened by systemic socioeconomic barriers and communities of color to advance equity;
- Demonstrated ability to speak, read, and write Spanish fluently;
- Demonstrated ability to multitask, be reliable, and prioritize in a fast-paced, high-volume professional environment;
- Either a bachelor’s degree or two or more years of relevant work experience.
NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.
☒ Entry Level
Salary: $45,900 - $50,502, commensurate with experience, pursuant to collective bargaining agreement.
Benefits: Excellent benefits.
How to Apply: Please attach your cover letter and resume as a single PDF and name the file “Your Last Name, Your First Name NYLAG TRU Paralegal Application”