Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (Brooklyn A or BKA) advances social and economic justice and community empowerment through innovative, collaborative, neighborhood-based legal representation and advocacy. For over half a century, Brooklyn A has provided high-quality, low-barrier neighborhood-based legal services to individuals, families, nonprofit community-based organizations, community development corporations, coalitions, and small business owners interested in developing and sustaining vibrant, healthy communities. Brooklyn A has three core programs—Preserving Affordable Housing (PAH) Program, Consumer & Economic Advocacy (CEA) Program, and Community & Economic Development (CED) Program—each of which has unique initiatives and plays a vital community role to ensure basic needs are met and fundamental rights affirmed.
Brooklyn A is one of the few legal services organizations in the country to develop and sustain a neighborhood based CED Program. For more than four decades, BKA has represented thousands of nonprofit community-based organizations (CBOs) and community development corporations (CDCs) – and, more recently, small businesses as well. Our model has been that CED attorneys provide CBOs and CDCs with ongoing, comprehensive legal counsel in their daily operation and functioning at all stages of project and program development. Our typical nonprofit clients have created, developed, and operated new and rehabilitated affordable housing; provided high-quality health care services; provided support and educational services to youth from infancy through college, and generally worked for social and economic justice in local communities. Our small business clients help make up the fabric of their communities and serve as engines of economic growth and equity for our City. For almost five years, the CED Program has been representing a diverse range of small businesses, including but not limited to, immigrant and women-owned enterprises in non-litigation commercial lease matters throughout all five boroughs.
Brooklyn A seeks a full-time staff attorney with at least 1-3 years’, preferably transactional, legal experience for its Community and Economic Development Program. The staff attorney will provide direct counsel and legal services to small businesses and nonprofits such as:
To be successful in this role, you must have:
To be successful in this role, you must have admission to the bar of the State of New York. You should have a passion for social justice and helping and representing small businesses and non-profit community based organizations. As a valued team member, you will have a client-based focus and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The most important competencies for the role are:
If you are interested in this position, you must submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why your experiences would make you a good fit for this role.
This position is currently remote; when office reopens, position will be based in our Brooklyn office.
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