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Staff Attorney

Job Description

Job Title: Staff Attorney 

Location: New York City, NY 

FLSA Status: Full Time, Exempt 

Classification: Professional 

Department: Legal Services 

Office: African Services Committee; 429 W. 127th Street – 3rd floor; New York, NY 10027 

Reports to: Senior Staff Attorney 

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes X No __


Summary: The Staff Attorney will join African Services Committee’s (ASC) Legal Services Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  1. Provide supervision to Legal Advocates, DOJ Accredited Representatives, or other staff working on tasks or assignments for clients’ cases. Review and revise applications or legal filings prepared by subordinates as needed. Aid subordinates in formulating case strategy.


  1. Provide legal services to clients in various legal areas, including but not limited to housing, family, public benefits, immigration, and advanced directives. Prepare and file applications or legal submissions as needed. Represent clients at agency interviews or court hearings as needed. 


  1. Identify and assess clients’ non-legal needs. Make referrals to either ASC’s internal programs or other agencies for legal or non-legal needs when appropriate. Make associated referrals to services that support clients in linkage to and retention in medical care and other support services to achieve viral suppression and self-management and maintain optimal health. Track referrals for enrolled clients.


  1. Provide legal consultations and advice to potential clients. Review available evidence and information to determine the viability of the potential clients’ cases for representation. Identify and assess potential clients’ non-legal needs. Make referrals to other agencies for legal or non-legal needs when appropriate. 


  1. Provide “Know Your Rights” presentations and accompanying materials in English, French or Spanish to educate and inform both prospective and actual clients in the areas of family, housing and immigration law; about issues affecting people living with HIV; as well as any other identified areas of community need or interest. 


  1. Coordinate with the Senior Staff Attorney to provide and document in the client record legal service needs for all the Staff Attorney’s enrolled clients. Track all referrals for the Staff Attorney’s assigned clients are made in relevant databases. 


  1. Maintain and update client’s case files and electronic account on ASC legal department’s case management database. Coordinate with the Senior Staff Attorney or Supervising Attorney to compile information and statistics relevant to the ASC legal department’s internal and external reporting requirements. 


  1. Represent ASC at meetings with other legal service agencies, government agencies, collaborations with other organizations on issues pertaining to people living with HIV, or family, housing, or immigration law.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position that will require the lawyer to primarily work at the ASC office. The remaining time will be spent attending external meetings or providing presentations to community members or other outreach activities. Days and hours of work are generally 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday. Additional evening/weekend hours are required to meet court and/or program deadlines or client needs. 


Qualifications Education and/or experience required

1. Juris Doctor. 

2. Admission to the New York State bar. If pending admission to the New York State bar, admission to another state bar is required. 

3. At least one (1) year of post-JD experience as an attorney. Prior experience working with either immigrants, or people living with HIV preferred.

4. Preference for candidates with experience in representing clients before the family court in divorce, child support, and custody. Also, prefer candidates with experience representing clients in a variety of immigration matters. Ideal candidates will have experience in representing clients in both family and immigration matters.


Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required: 

1. Bilingual: Fluency in English and a 2nd language, preferably French or Spanish. 

2. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

3. Ability and experience working with diverse individuals and communities. 

4. Flexible schedule and availability for occasional evening and weekend work.