Spanish-Speaking Staff Attorneys (Multiple Positions Available) - New York Legal Assistance Group

About NYLAG:

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.

Job description

NYC’s Universal Access initiative has fully expanded the right to counsel to all New Yorkers facing eviction in communities burdened by systemic socioeconomic barriers. NYLAG’s Tenants’ Rights Unit (“TRU”) has multiple Staff Attorney positions available for bilingual attorneys who speak Spanish. About a third of TRU’s clients speak Spanish, so we are looking for attorneys who speak Spanish fluently to provide language-accessible legal services.

TRU is an integral part of NYC’s Right to Counsel Coalition to ensure New Yorkers in under-resourced communities who are at risk of eviction have a right to an attorney to represent them in Housing Court and certain administrative proceedings. TRU is looking for admitted attorneys or recent bar-exam passers who are passionate about public interest law and social justice and want to work closely with communities burdened by systemic socioeconomic barriers to prevent eviction and homelessness. Because the COVID-19 pandemic has disparately impacted the communities we represent, eviction prevention legal services are more critical now than ever now that NYC Housing Court has opened to full, in-person operations. TRU, which has an extremely committed, collegial, and hard-working team of about 60 staff attorneys, 14 paralegals, and 12 supervisors, is a great place to start or build your legal career and gain valuable litigation skills while combatting the threat of eviction and homelessness.

Duties and Responsibilities

Handle a full caseload of full representation non-payment and holdover proceedings in Housing Court, which involves extensive communication with clients, intense negotiations with opposing counsel, frequent motion practice, discovery and depositions, and significant advocacy with outside agencies on behalf of clients.
Handle litigation before administrative agencies as necessary, including NYCHA termination of tenancy proceedings, DHCR matters, and proceedings where clients’ Section 8 vouchers are being terminated.
Participate in court-based intake and client and community outreach initiatives.


  • Admission to New York Bar or passage of a recent NY Bar Exam or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • The ability to speak, read, and write Spanish fluently.

Plus factors

  • Litigation experience, including experience gained in law school clinics, internships, and externships.
  • At least one year of experience representing tenants in NYC Housing Court.

Application Instructions: Please attach your cover letter and resume as a single PDF and name the file “Your Last Name, Your First Name NYLAG TRU Staff Attorney.” In your cover letter, be sure to describe in detail how you have used Spanish in legal contexts.

Salary Range:

NYLAG is a unionized workplace, and salaries are set pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement. The current salary range for this position is between $73,544 - $84,002 (increasing to $75,199 - $85,992 effective July 1, 2023).

Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, long term disability, commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts (FSA) for Medical and Dependent care.

Employment type: Full-time

Professional Level: Professional

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.

Covid Vaccination Policy: Please note, to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and clients, NYLAG requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.

NYLAG is committed to a hybrid work policy for staff whose work does not require their full-time presence in the office. NYLAG’s current policy is that most staff are required to work in NYLAG’s offices or do other in-person work at least two days each week. This policy is subject to change.

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