LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK
Foreclosure Prevention Project Staff Attorney
Located in New York, must live in NYS
Full-time, Min 35hr/ week
Salary: $59,794 – $78,384, DOE, plus generous benefits
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking a Foreclosure Prevention Attorney. Legal Aid’s mission is to fight for fairness, dignity, and justice for those living in poverty and for a society that is inclusive and equitable for all. We transform lives, build community, and empower people by using the law to address individual and systemic wrongs and inequities. Our service area spans sixteen counties, in upstate New York, encompassing six regional offices. This position can be based out of any of our six offices. For more information about our work, our staff, and our clients, visit www.lasnny.org.
Foreclosure Prevention Project: The staff attorney will serve in our Albany office. The attorney will provide legal assistance to homeowners threatened with foreclosure in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia, and Greene Counties served from the Albany Office.
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and providing high-quality legal services to clients in civil matters.
- Must be able to communicate effectively and work independently and efficiently.
- Sensitive to the needs of the low and moderate-income households in crisis.
- Good computer and administrative skills including accurate and quick data entry.
- Ability to handle high volume caseload, work off-site, and collaboratively with community partner agency staff.
- Must have a car and a valid New York driver’s license.
- Prior experience in foreclosure representation, real estate, or housing law-related experience is preferred.
- The ability to speak Spanish is a plus.
Staff Attorney Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for providing advice, brief service, negotiation, and full representation in foreclosure proceedings, settlement conferences, and other foreclosure-related cases to homeowners at risk of mortgage or tax foreclosure.
- Engage in non-litigation advocacy with mortgage servicers, tax districts, and other local and state agencies.
- Provide counsel and, when necessary, assistance to homeowners in accessing/applying for available funds to prevent foreclosure.
- Responsible for related detailed grant reporting and must work closely with other staff at LASNNY, project partners, and housing counseling agencies.
- Expected to conduct outreach to prospective clients and routinely be out of the office at court, community partner agencies, or other off-site locations, attend meetings of the HomeSave Coalition and other local community meetings and participate in clinics, community legal education, or other outreach events.
- Provide free legal assistance to eligible households in a variety of legal matters to meet their clients’ essential needs, such as housing and subsistence income, including housing-related bankruptcy, housing post-foreclosure, or other homeownership-related issues.
- Expected to represent clients in multiple forums, in varied areas of law, and types of actions and proceedings.
- Provide advice, brief service, and full representation to eligible clients, Responsibilities will include data collection, grant reporting, case file, and case management system maintenance.
This position operates in a professional law office environment and occasionally may require the carrying of items of up to 20 pounds. This role requires the use of standard office equipment and software and remote videoconferencing platforms. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
We are a unionized program with excellent benefits, offering generous time off, excellent health insurance coverage with premiums primarily paid by LASNNY, health and long-term disability insurance, retirement contributions, tuition reimbursement, qualifying moving expenses, and flexible hybrid-remote and alternative work schedules.
Application Deadline: Until Filled
To apply, please go to www.lasnny.org OR
Complete the Application linked here, or
Complete the Demographic Survey linked here
At LASNNY we value a diverse, inclusive workforce and we provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants for employment will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. We strongly encourage applications from women, BIPOC, LGBTQI+ persons, protected veterans, applicants and recipients of public assistance, older adults and people with disabilities.
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