Position: Staff Attorney
The Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) is seeking to hire a full-time Staff Attorney. Candidates must possess a J.D. and be licensed to practice law in New York with at least one year of experience or internship experience working on fair housing cases. The position does not involve direct representation of clients. The ideal candidate must have excellent legal research and analytical skills; possess strong oral and written communication skills; and be a proficient user of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft Office applications.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; providing legal referrals and legal assistance, preparing reasonable accommodation and modification requests for FHJC clients; managing the Adele Friedman Housing Accessibility Fund; participating in compliance monitoring activities; working on non-testing investigations; reviewing complaint intake and investigative files; providing support to FHJC Cooperating Attorneys; and assisting with the supervision of legal interns. Bilingual in English/Spanish helpful, but not required.
How To Apply
Interested applicants must respond by April 30, 2021 by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to the attention of Fred Freiberg, Executive Director, Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc. either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 30-30 Northern Blvd., Ste. 302, Long Island City, 11101. Equal Opportunity Employer. No calls, please.
Note: Due to the current health emergency related to the COVID-19 virus, applicants may be asked to interview by phone or videoconference for this position in May. Hiring decisions will not be made until the end of May 2021.
Law Student Internships
The FHJC seeks highly motivated law students (1L or 2L) for summer internships in 2021 to assist the FHJC with federal and state civil rights lawsuits and with cases pending before administrative agencies. Interns work on individual housing discrimination cases by conducting pre-litigation investigations and by researching and analyzing a wide variety of substantive and procedural legal issues. Interns also help with legal research involving systemic discrimination in rental, sales, and mortgage lending on the basis of race, national origin, disability, source of income, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics under local, state, and federal fair housing laws. The focus of most cases developed with student assistance is on reducing residential segregation and expanding access to publicly assisted and affordable housing thoughout the New York region.
Interested candidates should e-mail or fax a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to the attention of FHJC Legal Director Marie Winfield at:
Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc.
30-30 Northern Blvd., Suite 302
Long Island City, NY 11101
***No Phone Calls Please***