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We achieve our successes through a combination of direct legal representation and high impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and by providing training and technical assistance to other advocates who are working towards the same goals.
Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefit package, including health insurance, life insurance, vacation, holiday and sick time. We are an organization that supports and encourages a work/life balance. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the organization’s salary scale. Empire Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer who desires a diverse workforce. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, individuals who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
The Housing Attorney will join a growing office on Long Island and will be a dynamic litigator with experience in direct representation, and a strong preference for background in housing law and working with low-income individuals and immigrants with housing experience in Long Island, NY.
Empire Justice Center is a proud partner in the Tenant Defense Project, a groundbreaking initiative in the Rochester area to provide legal assistance to any tenant who is facing eviction. Our other legal services partner agencies in the Project are providing the direct legal services to tenants. The Senior Attorney will be the first of several Empire Justice hires that will form a team to be responsible for working with our partners to identify systemic problems seen by those facing eviction and developing litigation strategies to address them. This will include appeals of lower-court decisions as well as affirmative impact litigation. The Senior Attorney will work with other housing advocates on staff and our Legal Director in the planning, strategizing, and execution of these cases.
The Crime Victims Paralegal will be a critical member of the Crime Victims Advocacy Project. The aim of this project is to provide civil (non-criminal) legal assistance in a range of substantive law matters to crime victims. The Crime Victim Paralegal will act as part of the overall statewide team, participating in client representation, community outreach, required data reporting and assessments.
The Administrative Assistant will provide support, administrative and clerical, to four attorneys in our Westchester offices. The job will be performed on-site 3-4 days a week at the Yonkers office and includes greeting clients, answering phones, copying, date entry and file opening and closing.
The attorney will serve the general low-income community with a focus on victims of consumer fraud, employment discrimination, and financial crimes such as scams, wage theft, identity theft, deed theft, mortgages fraud, contract scams and more. Attorneys also coordinate in-house referrals to and from our health, education, disability, and foreclosure units.
The Eviction Prevention Attorney will work closely with a “Rapid Response” non-attorney advocate, who will be dispatched in real-time to provide on-site assistance at the scene of the incident. The Eviction Prevention Attorney will receive all the relevant facts from the non-attorney advocate on the next business day, and then will work with the tenant in the days and weeks following to ensure the tenant’s rights are secure. This will include any necessary filings in Landlord-Tenant court. In addition, the Eviction Prevention Attorney will be asked to help identify repeated issues and trends that can be addressed through systemic advocacy. Once identified, this attorney will be responsible for the development and implementation of training sessions, which may include trainings to Rochester Police Department personnel so that officers are aware of the specific kinds of issues that come up related to potential illegal eviction incidents they may see in the field.
This experienced attorney who will be responsible for an independent caseload comprised of litigating
individual employment, education, and civil rights cases and who will be part of a team that works on systemic change litigation (e.g. N.N. vs. RCSD). Duties include: providing advice and counsel to individual clients, evaluating new cases for acceptance and representation, developing an impartial hearing practice, litigating cases, conducting legal research, drafting memoranda, drafting pleadings, briefs and discovery, document review, case management, motion practice, practice group supervision, and supervision of staff attorneys, paralegals, and intake procedures. A part of the attorney’s work also includes advocacy through local and state level policy initiatives, and collaboration with community organizations supporting the low‐income and marginalized communities we serve.
The Marketing Manager will play a critical role in ensuring the organization achieves its plans for growth in alignment with its mission, vision and values. This individual will report to the Vice President for Administration and Development and will be a key player in Empire Justice Center’s marketing efforts across programs, Legal Units and organization wide.
Reporting to Legal Director, the Legal Assistant will be tasked with a variety of duties to support lawyers in all] aspects of litigation, including drafting and filing documents, document assembly, and maintaining and organizing files. The Legal Assistant will also help lawyers prepare for meetings, court appearances, motions, hearings, trials, and trainings. They will use technology, including computer software, to organize and manage data and documents.
The Empire Justice Crime Victims team will include staff in Westchester, Rochester and Central Islip. The Crime Victim Paralegal in Rochester will support two Rochester Crime Victim Attorneys. The Crime Victim Team in Rochester will serve the general low-income community with a focus on victims of consumer fraud, including small claims and debt collection issues and on employment discrimination and civil rights violations. Each Crime Victim Paralegal will act as part of the overall statewide team, participating in client representation, community outreach, required data reporting and assessments. Each paralegal will be supervised by the Crime Victims Attorney in their office.
Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time Technical Support Coordinator for its foreclosure prevention services program. The Coordinator will assist with the implementation and management of Empire Justice’s role as Anchor Partner under contract with the NYS Office of the Attorney General as part of their Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). The focus of the position will be responsible for data collection under the contracts, communications and assisting in the development and implementation of trainings, and other support to the legal services and housing counseling organizations under HOPP.
This project will serve low-income working families disproportionately at risk for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including racial and ethnic minority families. This initiative seeks to determine whether implementation of earned income tax credit (EITC) outreach and education activities in communities at higher risk for ACEs can result in (1) increased EITC receipt and (2) changes in risk and/or protective factors for ACEs. This position is contingent upon contract award and funding.
The function of the Administrative Assistant is to provide support, administrative and clerical services to the RYFF project. Providing these services in a well-organized and timely manner will ensure that operations are maintained and running efficiently.