Staff Attorney
Job Details
Law Project - New York, NY
Full Time
Not Specified
10am to 6pm

The Goddard Riverside Law Project provides free legal services and organizing support to low-income individuals, families, and groups of tenants in the west side of Manhattan. Our mission is to empower tenants and preserve affordable housing through advocacy, legal representation, relationship building, and grassroots education. We aim to protect tenants’ rights and hold bad actors accountable while working towards establishing pro-tenant laws and sound housing policy through city and statewide coalition work. To these ends, we integrate tenant voices and collaborate with the community, particularly SRO tenants and marginalized populations.

Schedule: Monday through Friday - 10:00am to 6:00pm



  • Fluency in Spanish is required.
  • Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample.


Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties
  • Represent low-income individuals and tenant groups in housing-related litigation – in particular non-payment, holdover and repairs-related cases –  in the state court system, including Housing Court and appellate courts;
  • Advocate for clients with various administrative agencies for matters including rent overcharge, harassment, public assistance, rent arrears grants, and Section 8 benefits;
  • Handle full case load from intake interview through negotiation/litigation, including motion practice and trial, to resolution;
  • Advise individual tenants, tenant groups, and tenant organizations on legal rights and strategies; conduct know-your-rights trainings, housing clinics and workshops;
  • Conduct legal research, write legal memoranda;
  • Assist in identifying and developing impact litigation;
  • Work with tenant organizers to do outreach and represent tenant associations in various courts and administrative agencies;
  • Participate in developing organizing and legal strategies in furtherance of the Project’s efforts to protect and preserve permanent affordable housing.


Qualifications/Educational Requirements

  • Admitted, or pending admission, to the New York State Bar;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice work;
  • Experience representing or working with tenants, or low-income individuals and households;
  • Familiarity with New York State and City housing-related issues and laws;
  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Fluency in Spanish is required.



Computer Skills:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should be comfortable operating Microsoft Office programs, especially Outlook, Word and Excel.


Physical Requirements:

  • Frequent travel between office and court, especially Manhattan Housing Court.


Work Environment:

  • Office and court settings;
  • Staff attorneys may need to visit clients in their homes and conduct tenant meetings in buildings where the tenants reside.