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Attorney, Legal Hand

The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit organization that works to create a more effective and humane justice system by performing original research and helping launch reforms around the world. The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to reduce the use of jail and prison, assist victims of crime, and strengthen communities. Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research and provides consulting services to justice innovators.

Legal Hand, operated by the Center for Court Innovation, is a network of storefront centers that train community volunteers to provide free legal information, assistance, and referrals to people with civil legal problems. The program seeks to solve issues in areas like housing, public benefits, employment, family law, and immigration before they become emergencies that must be litigated in court. Currently, Legal Hand operates in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

The Legal Hand project seeks an attorney to work in our Legal Hand offices.  Reporting to the Director of Legal Hand, the attorney will oversee volunteer training, site administration, and outreach to community partners to build a strong network for reaching clients and providing services. The attorney must also be able to create a warm and welcoming environment for volunteers and visitors to the office.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provide comprehensive information to volunteers and visitors on general legal issues;

  • Make appropriate referrals to legal service providers and other organizations;

  • Coordinate with Legal Hand Manager to supervise and manage approximately 15 community volunteers;

  • Implement ongoing volunteer training opportunities;

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with community-based organizations to organize and lead programs in areas such as housing, family law, employment, and public benefits;

  • Participate in Legal Hand staff meetings, volunteer orientations, and various Center for Court Innovation trainings and workshops;

  • Maintain accurate visitor intake records in Legal Hand record-keeping system;

  • Support Legal Hand Manager with daily office operations.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have a JD and a minimum of 3 years in a related area. Excellent written and interpersonal skills are a must. Candidate should be comfortable supervising, public speaking, and developing training curriculums. Candidate must be skilled communicator able to work in multi-disciplinary setting and maintain strong relationships with multiple organizations both onsite and in the community.

Position Type:  Full-time

Compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package.

Location:  Manhattan, NY

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The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender
expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, or any other category protected by law. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as well as individuals with prior contact with the criminal justice system.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.  Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Deadline to Apply:  5/22/19