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Senior Attorney

Job Description 

Job Title: Senior Attorney 

Location: New York City, NY 

FLSA Status: Full Time, Exempt 

Classification: Professional 

Department: Legal Services 

Office: African Services Committee; 429 W. 127th Street – 3rd floor; New York, NY 10027 

Reports to: Supervising Attorney 

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes X No __

 

Summary: The Senior Attorney will join African Services Committee’s (ASC) Legal Services Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  1. Provide supervision to Attorneys, Legal Advocates, DOJ Accredited Representatives, or other staff working on tasks or assignments for clients’ cases in the areas of and any other areas of law in which they have sufficient experience. Review and revise applications or legal filings prepared by subordinates as needed. Aid subordinates in formulating case strategy. Develop strategies and timelines with subordinates to both comply with case deadlines and maximize staff productivity.

 

  1. Administer ASC’s benefits counseling program by ensuring compliance with the funder’s requirements, that contract deliverables are met, and reporting is submitted in a timely manner. The benefits counseling program is for eligible people who are either living with HIV or AIDS (PLWHA) who are currently employed, or are searching for employment, and need assistance with understanding how their earned income will affect their benefits, such as SSI, SSDI or HASA. Benefits Counseling services assist PLWHA with enhancing self-management through education and advocacy services regarding the impact of employment and earnings on public benefits. These program elements are goal-driven and focus on improving financial self-management, financial literacy, and skill development. The Senior Attorney will provide these services to the program’s clients in order to develop client understanding of the impact of working on their benefits, foster client empowerment to make decisions about returning to work and potentially reduce benefit loss and overpayment issues. Attend trainings and courses as needed or required to develop relevant or necessary knowledge for providing services in the program. 

 

  1. Provide direct legal services to clients in the areas of benefits, family, or immigration law as needed to help satisfy contract requirements and deliverables. Prepare and file applications or legal submissions as needed. Represent clients at agency interviews or court hearings as needed. 

 

  1. Identify and assess clients’ non-legal needs. Make referrals to either ASC’s internal programs or other agencies for legal or non-legal needs when appropriate. Make associated referrals to services that support clients in linkage to and retention in medical care and other support services to achieve viral suppression and self-management and maintain optimal health. Track referrals for enrolled clients.

 

  1. Review and provide guidance for legal consultations and advice provided to potential clients by subordinate staff. Review available evidence and information to determine the viability of the potential clients’ cases for representation. Identify and assess potential clients’ non-legal needs. Make referrals to other agencies for legal or non-legal needs when appropriate. 

 

  1. Provide “Know Your Rights” presentations and accompanying materials in English, French or Spanish to educate and inform both prospective and actual clients in the various areas of law; about issues affecting people living with HIV; as well as any other identified areas of community need or interest. 

 

  1. Work with Supervising Attorney to supervise and ensure compliance by subordinate staff with data entry and reporting requirements for the contracts funding the programs that provide legal services to PLWHA.

 

  1. Work with Supervising Attorney to supervise and ensure compliance by subordinate staff to maintain and update client’s case files and electronic account on ASC legal department’s case management database. Coordinate with the Supervising Attorney to compile information and statistics relevant to the ASC legal department’s internal and external reporting requirements. 

 

  1. Represent ASC at meetings with other legal service agencies, government agencies, collaborations with other organizations on issues pertaining to people living with HIV, or other topics.

 

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position that will require the lawyer to primarily work at the ASC office. The remaining time will be spent attending external meetings or providing presentations to community members or other outreach activities. Days and hours of work are generally 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday. Additional evening/weekend hours are required to meet court and/or program deadlines or client needs. 

 

Qualifications Education and/or experience required

1. Juris Doctor. 

2. Admission to the New York State bar. If pending admission to the New York State bar, admission to another state bar is required. 

3. At least three (3) years of post-JD experience as an attorney. 

4. Prior experience supervising attorneys and other subordinate staff. 

5. Prior experience working with either immigrants, or people living with HIV preferred.

6. Experience representing and/or advising clients regarding their benefits issues, especially in the areas of SSI, SSD and HASA.

7. Preference for candidates who also either have experience representing clients before the family court in divorce, child support, and custody; or have experience representing clients in a variety of immigration matters. 

 

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required: 

1. Bilingual: Fluency in English and a 2nd language, preferably French or Spanish. 

2. Must participate and complete benefits program certification course as soon as possible.

3. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

4. Ability and experience working with diverse individuals and communities. 

5. Flexible schedule and availability for occasional evening and weekend work.

 

Please email your resume and salary requirements to Franco Torres This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteer - Internship

Volunteer/Internship Announcement

Who We Are

African Services Committee (ASC) is the oldest non-profit serving the African immigrant community in New York City. Established in 1981 by Ethiopian refugees, ASC was initially set up to provide comprehensive resettlement assistance to African refugees and asylum seekers. Today, ASC provides health, housing, legal, educational and self-sufficiency services to African and Caribbean immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers affected by war, poverty, global health disparities, political oppression, and social persecution based on sexual orientation or HIV status. Our programs are designed to meet the basic needs of newcomers, using health as a gateway to immigrant integration and supporting community members to live healthy and productive lives. 

 

What We Do

African Services Committee provides free civil legal services and immigration representation to people living with HIV. African Services Committee also offers low fee immigration services for immigrants regardless of HIV status. 

Our legal team is staffed by multilingual attorneys, paralegals and law interns and provides representation in the following areas: 

Civil Legal Services

  • Immigration (Asylum, Naturalization, Marriage Petitions, Adjustment of Status, SIJS, U-Visa, T-Visa, Work Authorization, I-730 Petitions, Consular Processing) 
  • Landlord/ tenant problems including threat of eviction, housing discrimination and bad housing conditions
  • Family law problems including custody, visitation, domestic violence and child support
  • Public assistance including HASA, SLF, food stamps, welfare, shelter allowances, Medicaid, and SSI
  • Future planning such as health care proxies, living wills, guardianships, and powers of attorney.

 

Specific Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting legal screenings and intakes for immigrants
  • Assisting with communications and translation   

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Attributes:

  • Open to individuals looking for an opportunity to fulfill a pressing legal need while getting a first-rate, hands-on learning experience 
  • Ability to work and communicate with a variety of different multi-ethnic populations  
  • Strong organizational skills and work ethic
  • Strong language skills preferred (written, speaking, and reading) 
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Haitian Creole
    • Portuguese
    • Any languages or dialects spoken in African countries
  • Knowledge or experience in any of the following areas:
    • Immigration Law or Procedure
    • Criminal Law or Procedure
    • Family Law or Procedure
    • Office work

Openings:

  • Volunteer for specific events or limited hours
  • Fall or Spring Semester Internships(12-15 hours per week)
  • Summer Internships – (10-12 weeks – 35-40 hours per week)

Financial Information:

  • These opportunities are unpaid
  • The African Services Committee is willing to work with schools so that interns or volunteers can receive course credit for their time working with our organization
  • The African Services Committee is willing to support interns or volunteers in their efforts to secure funding for their work with our organization

Closing Date: All applications will be considered until all positions are filled 

**Please note that due to the pandemic these opportunities will be offered remotely until further notice** 

Application Submission:

Please send a resume to Aminat Sabak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please indicate what semester(s) you want to intern or volunteer, and whether you would be doing it for academic credit or for pro bono hours.

Staff Attorney

Job Description

Job Title: Staff Attorney 

Location: New York City, NY 

FLSA Status: Full Time, Exempt 

Classification: Professional 

Department: Legal Services 

Office: African Services Committee; 429 W. 127th Street – 3rd floor; New York, NY 10027 

Reports to: Senior Staff Attorney 

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes X No __

 

Summary: The Staff Attorney will join African Services Committee’s (ASC) Legal Services Department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  1. Provide supervision to Legal Advocates, DOJ Accredited Representatives, or other staff working on tasks or assignments for clients’ cases. Review and revise applications or legal filings prepared by subordinates as needed. Aid subordinates in formulating case strategy.

 

  1. Provide legal services to clients in various legal areas, including but not limited to housing, family, public benefits, immigration, and advanced directives. Prepare and file applications or legal submissions as needed. Represent clients at agency interviews or court hearings as needed. 

 

  1. Identify and assess clients’ non-legal needs. Make referrals to either ASC’s internal programs or other agencies for legal or non-legal needs when appropriate. Make associated referrals to services that support clients in linkage to and retention in medical care and other support services to achieve viral suppression and self-management and maintain optimal health. Track referrals for enrolled clients.

 

  1. Provide legal consultations and advice to potential clients. Review available evidence and information to determine the viability of the potential clients’ cases for representation. Identify and assess potential clients’ non-legal needs. Make referrals to other agencies for legal or non-legal needs when appropriate. 

 

  1. Provide “Know Your Rights” presentations and accompanying materials in English, French or Spanish to educate and inform both prospective and actual clients in the areas of family, housing and immigration law; about issues affecting people living with HIV; as well as any other identified areas of community need or interest. 

 

  1. Coordinate with the Senior Staff Attorney to provide and document in the client record legal service needs for all the Staff Attorney’s enrolled clients. Track all referrals for the Staff Attorney’s assigned clients are made in relevant databases. 

 

  1. Maintain and update client’s case files and electronic account on ASC legal department’s case management database. Coordinate with the Senior Staff Attorney or Supervising Attorney to compile information and statistics relevant to the ASC legal department’s internal and external reporting requirements. 

 

  1. Represent ASC at meetings with other legal service agencies, government agencies, collaborations with other organizations on issues pertaining to people living with HIV, or family, housing, or immigration law.

 

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position that will require the lawyer to primarily work at the ASC office. The remaining time will be spent attending external meetings or providing presentations to community members or other outreach activities. Days and hours of work are generally 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday. Additional evening/weekend hours are required to meet court and/or program deadlines or client needs. 

 

Qualifications Education and/or experience required

1. Juris Doctor. 

2. Admission to the New York State bar. If pending admission to the New York State bar, admission to another state bar is required. 

3. At least one (1) year of post-JD experience as an attorney. Prior experience working with either immigrants, or people living with HIV preferred.

4. Preference for candidates with experience in representing clients before the family court in divorce, child support, and custody. Also, prefer candidates with experience representing clients in a variety of immigration matters. Ideal candidates will have experience in representing clients in both family and immigration matters.

 

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required: 

1. Bilingual: Fluency in English and a 2nd language, preferably French or Spanish. 

2. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

3. Ability and experience working with diverse individuals and communities. 

4. Flexible schedule and availability for occasional evening and weekend work.

ActionNYC Community Navigator – Paralegal position

Location: New York City, NY 

FLSA Status: Full Time, Exempt 

Classification: Administrative Support Worker

Department: Legal Services 

Office: African Services Committee; 429 W. 127th Street – 3rd floor; New York, NY 10027 

Reports to: ActionNYC Attorney

Supervisory Responsibilities: No 

 

Summary: The Community Navigator will join African Services Committee (ASC) staff as part of a coordinated citywide initiative, ActionNYC, which will reach immigrant communities across New York City to connect individuals to free immigration legal consultations, document preparation, and application assistance. The Community Navigator will be supervised by the ActionNYC Attorney in these endeavors at ASC’s Harlem office. The Community Navigator will provide immigration services under attorney supervision, including legal screenings and consultations, application assistance, representation in immigration cases and necessary follow-up services. The Community Navigator will also operate ASC’s legal hotline to provide basic information and pre-screen potential clients. They will also assist in the preparation and delivery community outreach efforts or know-your-rights presentations on various issues. 

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Conduct outreach to fill immigration legal services appointments and organize the appointment times. Pre-screen callers from ASC’s legal hotline for eligibility for immigration benefits and services as well as their ability to qualify for ASC’s legal programs. Interview people who are referred from either the ASC or ActionNYC legal hotlines to obtain more detailed information to assist the ActionNYC attorney better assess their legal issues and provide them with relevant and correct legal advice.
  • Under the supervision of the ActionNYC attorney, prepare, review, complete, and submit applications for straightforward affirmative immigration relief, including Family-based visa petitions, Adjustment of Status applications, DACA, TPS, naturalization, green card renewals, removal of conditions for certain Lawful Permanent Residents, and others. 
  • Assist clients to obtain the documents or information necessary to apply for immigration benefits and fill out appropriate forms. Follow up with clients via phone, mail, and email as needed. Monitor and follow up on all filed immigration applications with immigration agencies or clients as needed.
  • Capacity permitting, provide support to the more complex cases being handled by the ActionNYC attorney. 
  • Make appropriate referrals for cases or services beyond the scope the program, or capacity of the program’s staff to other providers. Ensure that program clients receive assistance in obtaining resources or referrals to address their non-legal needs.
  • Track and report comprehensive data regarding both the clients represented and the services provided via the ActionNYC program. Enter information into ASC’s case management system for all clients directly represented by the ActionNYC Navigator. Comply with all ActionNYC reporting requirements. Assist ActionNYC attorney to prepare quarterly and annual reports. Assist ActionNYC attorney to prepare for any on-site audits by funder.
  • Create and maintain physical and electronic files, including managing correspondence with clients and documenting correspondence with immigration and other agencies. Comply with all case file, case management, and reporting protocols and requirements.
  • Participate in ActionNYC trainings. Work closely with other ActionNYC staff to implement program protocols. 
  • Participate in large‐scale screening events, including supervision of volunteers. 
  • Assist with community outreach and know‐your‐rights workshops to educate immigrant communities about forms of immigration relief. 
  • Represent ASC at collaborations with other organizations on issues related to the ActionNYC program.  

 

Qualifications, Education and/or experience required

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, social work, or a related field. 
  • Currently a DOJ Accredited Representative, or immediately eligible to apply to become a DOJ Accredited Representative. 
  • Prior training, or at least one year of professional experience, related to providing social or legal services to one of the following: immigrant communities or low-income communities.

 

Skills, Licenses, and/or competencies required: 

  • Bilingual: Fluency in English and Spanish or French. Preference for candidates with additional foreign language abilities.
  • Interest and/or commitment to working on behalf of immigrant communities.
  • Good oral communication skills and ability to interact with a wide range of individuals.
  • Good organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • Good research and writing skills.
  • Good computer skills and experience with data entry. 
  • Ability to meet deadlines on time all the time.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse, public interest setting and to foster and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Thrive in a busy environment and able to shift gears when needed.
  • Flexible schedule and availability for occasional evening and weekend work.

 

Salary

  • $40,000 to $50,000. Based on experience.

 

How to apply for the position:

  • Send cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
    • Please include “ActionNYC Navigator” in the subject line

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