Job o’ the Day: Staff Attorney with the Foreclosure Prevention Project at the New York Legal Assistance Group

From the PSJD job listing:

NYLAG has an immediate opening for a staff attorney in its Foreclosure Prevention Project. This Project provides legal representation and court-based services for borrowers with subprime, deceptive, and unconventional mortgages facing foreclosure. The attorney hired for this position will have the unique opportunity to work in an evolving practice area within an established and dynamic Citywide legal service provider as the foreclosure crisis continues, requiring innovative and coordinated responses. In addition to carrying a caseload of foreclosure prevention matters, this attorney will provide pro se assistance, conduct case consultations, and engage in community education and outreach. The attorney will participate in legislative initiatives to improve conditions for homeowners, and operate a collaborative foreclosure assistance clinic out of the Bronx Supreme Court. This attorney will also work within other NYLAG consumer protection projects, as described below, and will have the opportunity to work with NYLAG staff to identify systemic problems concerning foreclosure proceedings and to address these problems through a variety of means.

The attorney will also be involved and take cases for NYLAG’s Connect to Care Program (C2C), established by UJA-Federation of New York in 2009. Through C2C, NYLAG provides legal and financial counseling services to New Yorkers adversely impacted by the recent economic downturn. This attorney will conduct intakes at community-based C2C sites in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island and will handle some C2C case matters back at NYLAG’s central offices. This attorney may need to travel to these sites on to meet with clients and conduct educational workshops on relevant legal issues. The primary substantive areas of C2C legal services are: foreclosure prevention, consumer law, bankruptcy, unemployment insurance, employment law, eviction prevention, and access to public benefits. In addition to C2C work, this attorney may also provide consumer protection assistance through other NYLAG programs and may provide other GLS legal services, depending on funding. In particular, this attorney may assist with the Consumer Credit Volunteer Lawyer for a Day (VLFD) programs in the Bronx and Queens, in which NYLAG staff represent and supervise volunteers to represent defendants for the day in court in consumer credit cases.

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