Staff Attorney, Consumer & Economic Advocacy Program

Consumer & Economic Advocacy · Brooklyn , New York
Department Consumer & Economic Advocacy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

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.

 

The CEA Program uses civil legal remedies in the state and federal courts such as representing clients in foreclosure litigation, homeowners against deed theft and modification scams through affirmative litigation and assists homeowners with loan modifications and tax and water liens. The CEA Program also provides non-legal advocacy such as town hall meetings, providing referrals, and working with coalitions for legislative policy changes to protect economic equity of low-and moderate-income families. The Program goal is to strive to ensure that economically vulnerable groups have strong safeguards in place to help them build and maintain assets throughout their financial lives. The CEA Program manages the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic that represents low-income taxpayers in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and educates low-income and ESL taxpayers about taxpayer rights and responsibilities and advocate on their behalf. Brooklyn A is currently one of the few not-for-profit legal service organizations in the country handling from inception to end in-depth and complex Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies.


The opportunity:

Brooklyn A seeks a staff attorney with at least 1-3 years’ legal experience for its CEA Program.  The staff attorney will participate in the CEA Program’s foreclosure, bankruptcy and low-income taxpayer work. The staff attorney will:

 

  • Represent clients to provide legal representation and brief advice to ensure that the foreclosure process is fair, and the law is appropriately followed and applied;
  • Represent and/or assist homeowners in settlement conferences by analyzing mortgages and other legal documents to determine appropriate legal defenses and counterclaims and help renegotiate loan terms;
  • Provide intervention services to avoid imminent loss of home and protection from predatory loan practices;
  • Provide legal services to taxpayers through legal research, counsel and advice, litigation primarily in the U.S. Tax Court, and advocacy before the IRS and NYS Department of Taxation and Finance;
  • Assist clients in bankruptcy/debt relief and review and prepare bankruptcy cases for stay and discharge violations;
  • Represent homeowners in foreclosures proceedings;
  • Perform intake and screening, and provide advice, consultation, advocacy, and brief services to potential clients at off-site locations, including the courthouse, the offices of elected officials and community partners, and other community events;
  • Maintain data in case management system and assist with gathering data for grant reporting; and
  • Conduct trainings for individuals, community-based organizations, local agencies, and other advocates in the related substantive matters to include but not be limited to predatory lending practices, mortgage fraud, and housing discrimination, foreclosure defenses, deed theft, homeowner scams, and NYC tax liens.

 

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 representing low- and moderate-income individuals. 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:

  • Experience working with clients in the nonprofit sector, low-income communities, community organizations and/or coalitions;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Experience working in NY Civil and Federal practice (including Bankruptcy), or other relevant public interest litigation experience is strongly preferred;
  • Excellent legal writing, transactional, advocacy skills in English, second language/ Spanish preferred;
  • Ability to work independently with strong motivation, to manage a high caseload, track case data, meet deadlines, and to be flexible;
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail;
  • Experience managing case management systems to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking;
  • Computer proficiency sufficient to independently review and generate legal writings; and
  • Thorough commitment to Brooklyn A’s mission and commitment to public interest work and furthering neighborhood-based economic justice in low-income communities.

 

To apply: 

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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  • Location
    Brooklyn , New York
  • Department
    Consumer & Economic Advocacy
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level