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Housing Staff Attorney

Company: Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Location: White Plains
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

About Us For more than 50 years, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) has been providing free, high-quality legal counsel in civil matters when basic human needs are at stake including: eviction and foreclosure prevention, domestic violence, disability, elder law, healthcare, consumer fraud and more. Our services support almost 600,000 poor and low-income families and individuals who cannot afford an attorney in our seven-county service area. With the gap separating those who can and cannot afford legal representation widening each day, we work to ensure that everyone has equal access to justice, regardless of their ability to pay. As the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services in the lower and mid-Hudson Valley (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan), LSHV is proud to have handled over 12,000 cases impacting nearly 27,500 household members including 10,000 children last year. LSHV is made up of ten offices, and a dedicated and highly skilled staff of attorneys, paralegals and administrative professionals. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is dedicated to building a highly skilled workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. We are committed to racial justice and promoting equity for all, and we continuously review and strengthen our processes and practices to empower our staff, clients and the communities we serve. Respect is a cornerstone of relationships among our staff. Our affinity groups are self-directed and provide a space for members to support one another and their shared vision. We encourage applications from people of all identities. Position Description Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) has an immediate opening in our White Plains office for a full-time staff attorney to work on housing matters in White Plains, NY. The attorney will also serve low-income individuals and families with matters including eviction, unlawful lockouts, habitability issues, emergency housing denials, and succession rights challenges. As many of our clients have protected housing or have specialized housing vouchers, the work will include section 8 and other hearings on voucher changes or terminations. Duties of the Position: individual case work, administrative advocacy and litigation in city courts and justice courts, including appellate practice, and education and outreach efforts directed at community members, advocates and service providers. The person hired will also be expected to adhere to program and case handling standards, funder requirements, the highest professional standards, and be available as a resource to LSHV staff and access to justice communities. Occasional appearances in night court pertaining to housing matters, may be required. Qualifications + Admission to the New York State Bar or passed the NY bar and awaiting admission; or out of state admission with eligibility and willingness to be admitted in New York State; + Understanding of the nature and dynamics of housing and benefits; + Ability to handle a large caseload; + Excellent people skills; + Excellent written and verbal communication skills; + Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders. Preferred + Two or more y ears of legal experience, including litigation, preferably with background in housing; + Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income persons with prior experience in legal services or similar program Salary: DOE, union scale, with excellent benefits. After a probationary period, this position may permit work from home 1-2 days per week. Upon commencing employment at LSHV, candidates will be required to show proof of either being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or produce, on a weekly basis, a negative COVID-19 test. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after having completed a sequence of FDA approved COVID-19 vaccinations, followed by an FDA approved Covid-19 booster shot. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is a proud equal opportunity employer. People of all races, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veteran status, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, White Plains , Housing Staff Attorney, Legal , White Plains, New York

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