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Posted on: 7 Feb 2020 370 views
: Attorney
: JD
: 2

The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms by guiding justice innovators, nationally and internationally. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities.

Legal Hand, operated by the Center for Court Innovation, is a network of storefront centres that train community volunteers to provide free legal information, assistance, and referrals to people with civil legal problems. The program seeks to solve issues in areas like housing, public benefits, employment, family law and immigration before they become emergencies that must be litigated in court. Currently, Legal Hand operates in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Although this position is primarily based out of our Brownsville office, it will require travelling to other Legal Hand sites throughout New York City.

Legal Hand is seeking an Attorney. Reporting to the Director of Legal Hand, the Attorney will oversee volunteer training, site administration and outreach to community partners to build a strong network for reaching clients and providing services. The Attorney must also be able to create a warm and welcoming environment for volunteers and visitors to the office. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide comprehensive information to volunteers and visitors on general legal issues;
  • Make appropriate referrals to legal service providers and other organizations;
  • Coordinate with Legal Hand Manager to supervise and manage approximately 15 community volunteers;
  • Implement ongoing volunteer training opportunities;
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with community-based organizations to organize and lead programs in areas such as housing, family law, employment and public benefits;
  • Participate in Legal Hand staff meetings, volunteer orientations and various Center for Court Innovation training and workshops;
  • Maintain accurate visitor intake records in Legal Hand's record-keeping system;
  • Support Legal Hand Manager with daily office operations.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a JD and a minimum of 2 years in a related area. Excellent written and interpersonal skills are a must. Candidate should be comfortable supervising, public speaking and developing training curriculums. Candidate must be skilled communicator able to work in a multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple organizations both onsite and in the community.

Compensation: Salary range is competitive and is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package including comprehensive health, dental and life insurance, four weeks paid vacation, paid sick time, TransitChek, Flexible Spending Account plans for health and dependent care, a 403(b) retirement plan and a 401(k) retirement plan with a generous employer match.

The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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