The Veteran Advocacy Project (VAP) seeks a supervising attorney.
VAP is partnered with VA hospitals, health clinics, and local veterans’ groups to reach servicemembers where they are. With a dedicated team of attorneys and advocates, VAP works tirelessly to tackle veterans’ legal challenges and connect clients to appropriate programs. Through these services, our project helps veterans achieve the stability needed to regain their health and rebuild their lives.
The supervising attorney will coordinate staff advocacy to facilitate holistic services for clients, ensuring that the benefits and housing staff collaborate with other project members working on issues tied to military service and VA claims. As a part of the management team, responsibilities will include setting case priorities, helping to shape the project’s policy goals, ensuring training and professional development for staff, providing quarterly case reports for Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) grants, and carrying a modified caseload.
The supervising attorney will be in charge of the legal assistance we provide under SSVF contracts. The primary focus is assisting veteran in maintaining stable housing by removing barriers to income and representing veterans and their families in housing court. General knowledge in the areas of consumer finance, child support, and government benefits is also required.
Military experience or prior work with veterans is a plus.
- Supervise at small team of attorneys and advocates representing veterans in civil legal matters; ensure staff training, professional development, day-to-day operations and workflow; provide feedback and guidance on legal strategy and case management;
- Represent a modified caseload of clients in housing court and administrative hearings;
- Conduct intake, training, and special events at partner organizations’ sites;
- Provide telephone and/or written advice to clients as needed;
- Research legal issues, with a focus on housing law, public benefits, and VA benefits;
- Work with the team on case strategies and integration of services to meet clients’ needs;
- Track client information in our database, prepare reports for grants/funding sources, attend team meetings as well as strategic meetings with the director, perform administrative tasks related to the work.
- JD and current membership in good standing of the New York State Bar;
- Minimum 4 years of experience in legal services;
- Experience managing a team; a strong work ethic and ability to take initiative; ability to organize and prioritize as a leader in a collaborative effort, while ensuring each team member is heard;
- Demonstrated proficiency in legal research; excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
- Efficient and meticulous attention to detail and deadlines;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work with people living with mental illness, substance use disorders, and traumatic brain injury;
- A commitment to serving all clients, without regard to discharge status or criminal justice involvement.
The Veteran Advocacy Project at the Urban Justice Center provides free legal services to low-income veterans, with a focus on those living with Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and substance abuse problems.
The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 12 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.