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Supervising Attorney

The Veteran Advocacy Project (VAP) seeks applicants for 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, 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, which includes representation 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, extremely generous benefits package. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to veterans@urbanjustice.org with “Supervising Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We regret that due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.