Foreclosure Prevention Project Temporary Staff Attorney

 

FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROJECT

 

This job is a temporary full-time position expected to last from August 2019 through March 2020 to prevent the loss of homes due to foreclosure.

 

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking an experienced foreclosure attorney to provide representation in foreclosure matters to low income clients in 16 counties in northeastern New York.  The position is located in Albany, NY, the state capital, and a lively family friendly city with a reasonable cost of living, excellent quality of life, and easy access to major metropolitan areas as well as year-round outdoor opportunities.

 

Our mission is to fight for fairness, dignity, and justice for those living in poverty and for a society which 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.

 

We seek an attorney who will be dedicated to our mission and will seek justice and fairness for the community.  We are skilled, creative and compassionate advocates combining a passion to serve with the skills and will to address both individual and systemic injustice. Our office is a collegial and supportive workplace, encouraging and supporting staff development. We take pride in providing holistic services to our clients with a wide range of programs and substantive law expertise.

 

We are an integral part of the legal and human service community and expect this attorney to be deeply involved in the network of housing counselors and attorneys working to guide homeowners, and  prevent foreclosures and  homelessness.

 

LASNNY seeks to hire a temporary staff attorney to serve in its Foreclosure Prevention Project in the 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. The attorney will be 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 foreclosure. The attorney will be responsible for related detailed grant reporting and must work closely with other staff at LASNNY, project partners and housing counseling agencies. The attorney will also be 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.

 

The attorney will also 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. The attorney will be expected to represent clients in multiple forums, in varied areas of law and types of actions and proceedings. In addition to providing advice, brief service and full representation to eligible clients, responsibilities will include data collection, grant reporting, case file and case management system maintenance.

 

Qualifications: At least 2 to 4 years prior legal experience or equivalent is required. Admitted to New York State Bar. 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 valid New York driver’s license. Prior experience in foreclosure representation, real estate or housing law related experience is preferred. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.

 

Salary: Depending on Experience to $48,245. Unionized program, with excellent fringe benefits.

 

Application Deadline: July 28, 2019

 

Any applications that do not have a cover letter, resume and writing sample will not be considered.

 

To apply, please go to www.lasnny.org OR

 

     1) Complete the Application linked here, or the mobile-friendly application linked here

 

     2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here

 

We are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, the elderly, LGBTQ persons, Protected Veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.