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.
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:
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:
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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