Housing Rights Staff Attorney (FT)

The Housing Rights unit of Takeroot Justice is seeking an attorney to join us!

We are a team of attorneys and advocates working with organizers and basebuilding groups across New York City to help tenants fight harassment, get repairs and stand up to the gentrification and displacement pressures plaguing the city.

Responsibilities

The attorney will be responsible for providing direct legal assistance to community groups and their members in the area of landlord-tenant law, including affirmative litigation on behalf of tenant associations (e.g., HP actions, rent strikes, and 7A proceedings), as well as individual anti-eviction litigation and wherever else the work takes us. The advocacy roles will include training community groups and their members on tenants’ rights issues, assisting with legislative and/or regulatory advocacy, organizing and participating in housing clinics, and providing advice and referrals. Because we meet our clients where they are, the job will require regular night meetings and some weekend clinics.

Qualifications/Skills

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Committed to economic and racial justice and the housing justice movement in NYC
  • Passionate about lawyering in creative ways to support organizing
  • Eager to work with a diverse client base on individual and group litigation
  • Admitted to the New York State Bar or pending admission to the New York State Bar
  • Personally connected to the work

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Professional or personal experience with New York City housing law or the housing justice movement. Previous litigation experience is desirable but not required for this position.
  • Professional or personal experience working with diverse communities and across lines of difference.
  • A second language—particularly Spanish, East Asian or South Asian languages—is a plus.

Timeline/Benefits/Compensation

We are looking to fill this position immediately.

A competitive salary and excellent benefits package is available, with generous vacation, personal, and sick time, medical and dental coverage. TakeRoot’s staff are on a fixed salary scale, and the salary for this position will be determined based on years of legal experience and relative experience prior to law school in accordance with the scale.

This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

TakeRoot Justice is an equal opportunity employer. TakeRoot encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by email to jobs@takerootjustice.org, attn: Michael Grinthal. The subject line of the email must include: “Tenants’ Rights Attorney.” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.