Open Hands Legal Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that was formed for the purpose of providing legal services and counseling for the poor and indigent in New York City. Open Hands partners with community-based organizations to provide free legal services to low-income and other under-served New Yorkers. More information about our organization is available at www.openhandslegalservices.org.
The Staff Attorney will oversee regular legal aid desks where he or she will supervise volunteers and provide legal counsel, advice, referrals, and, in some cases, representation, to low-income individuals. Our clients face a variety of legal proceedings and challenges including but not limited to eviction, consumer debt, termination of public benefits, shelter rights, reentry issues, family law, and immigration matters. Essential duties and responsibilities include: interviewing clients/client intakes; attendance and participation at off-site legal aid desks; provision of brief legal services, extended legal services and/or advocacy, as well as full representation on select matters; case entry and maintenance of case notes in our case management system. In addition to carrying their own caseload, the Staff Attorney will work with volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono advocacy and legal services. Other duties may be assigned.
The candidate must have excellent writing, advocacy, communication, presentation, and organizational skills. Open Hands seeks an attorney with a proven ability to think strategically and creatively about litigation and one that possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for our clients. The ideal candidate is a self-starter that responds well to quickly changing demands with flexibility. The ability to take initiative and work independently is critical to this position. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to Open Hands’ mission and values.
- Attorney and member of NY bar in good standing
- Minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience practicing civil legal services, particularly in the area of family law and/or immigration law.
- Strong writing and analytical skills
- Strong leadership skills and ability to supervise teams of volunteers
- Ability to plan and manage own work
- Proven ability to solve problems independently and creatively
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse populations
- Strong entrepreneurial spirit
- A second language – especially Spanish – is strongly preferred
- This position requires monthly Saturday morning and weeknight meetings and full commitment and support to the OHLS team and community.
- There is the ability to work remotely, during the COVID environment.
- Salary commensurate with experience, along with benefits package.