City Bar Justice Center projects operate across a diverse range of legal issues. Each project is run by an experienced legal expert, coordinated by a dedicated staff member, and delivered through pro bono volunteer lawyers and community outreach. In addition, CBJC operates the largest free civil Legal Hotline in NYC, providing assistance to over 1,000 people per month.
Project Coordinators (Entry Level)
The City Bar Justice Center (CJBC) is seeking three project coordinators to start as soon as possible. These positions provide a great introduction to public interest law practice. The CBJC is the 501(c)(3) affiliate of the New York City Bar, one of the nation’s largest bar associations. The City Bar Justice Center assists low income New Yorkers with civil legal problems. CBJC recruits, trains and mentors volunteer attorneys to provide advice and representation. The CBJC is conveniently located in an historic building at 42 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.
The Homeowner Stability Project (HSP) provides legal assistance to low- and moderate-income NYC residents threatened with home loss due to foreclosure, predatory practices, and other hardship. HSP’s goal is to keep people in their homes whenever possible through litigation, negotiation, counseling, and title correction, either directly or through volunteer lawyers. The LGBT Advocacy Project similarly focuses on housing and other issues faced by particularly vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community, such as seniors, youth and those living with a disability. The coordinator for these two projects will conduct client intakes, liaise with volunteers and opposing parties, provide legal assistance under the supervision of the director, maintain project data, prepare grant reports, conduct outreach to clients and other organizations, and provide general administrative support.
The Planning and Estates Law Project (PELP) provides low income New Yorkers with free legal advice and assistance for probate and administration of estates. The Project Coordinator screens calls, interviews and records data on potential clients who need assistance with an estate or personal life planning matter, provides basic information under the direction of the Director of the Legal Hotline and Special Programs and refers appropriate cases to the PELP volunteer attorney panel. The Project Coordinator serves as the liaison with the pro bono attorney panel by presenting new cases to the panel, preparing legal documents under their supervision, and organizing frequent volunteer clinics.
The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) provides legal assistance to low to moderate-income microentrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business in NYC. NELP recruits, trains and supervises volunteer attorneys from legal departments and law firms throughout NYC to provide pro bono legal services and provide assistance with issues such as entity formation, intellectual property protection, contract drafting, etc. NELP holds weekly community based events, including presentations and legal clinics during the evening. The Project Coordinator works closely with the Project Director to determine which clients can be helped by the Project.
- Performing general administrative work such as answering phones, setting up client appointments and following up with existing clients;
- Providing case assessment support, including client interviewing and eligibility screening;
- Scheduling, organizing and attending training programs and community outreach events including legal clinics and presentations;
- Acting as liaison with volunteer attorneys and project clients;
- Maintaining client and volunteer database and tracking the progress and outcomes of assigned cases;
- Preparing data reports for funders;
- Conducting research and developing materials such as blog posts on issues relevant to the Project and its work;
- Additional responsibilities as needed.
Qualifications and Skills:
- Bachelor’s degree;
- Minimum 6 months of work and/or internship experience;
- Computer and technologically savvy;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Fluency in written and spoken Spanish or another second language is preferred.
- Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently;
- A demonstrated interest in social justice issues through coursework, volunteer or work history;
- Careful attention to detail and good judgment;
- Flexibility, including the ability to multi-task;
- Ability to interact respectfully with low- and moderate-income clients, volunteer attorneys and government employees.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include Project Coordinator – and which project(s) you are applying for in the subject line.
We are looking for candidates who are willing to make at least a two year commitment to this role. This is a great entry level opportunity. Recent college graduates are welcome to apply. A generous benefits package is offered.
The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the Organization to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the Organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
Summer 2019 Internship Program
The application period for the Summer 2019 Internship Program is now closed. Please check back in January 2020 for information regarding the next application period. Thank you.
Pro Bono Scholars and Fellowships
The City Bar Justice Center is accepting applications for fellowship placements and the Pro Bono Scholars program on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume, cover letter and other supplemental application materials to Erika Lawrenson, Administrative Manager, at email@example.com.