Job Announcement: Managing Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project
The Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project (“VLP”) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced attorney to serve as its Managing Attorney for its Foreclosure Prevention Project. The Managing Attorney will oversee all aspects of VLP’s Foreclosure Intervention Program which delivers critical advice and representation to over 500 Brooklyn homeowners facing foreclosure every year. The Managing Attorney will have the unique opportunity to shape VLP’s work and leadership in an evolving practice area as the foreclosure crisis continues, requiring innovative and coordinated responses. Significant experience representing litigants in foreclosure matters is required. Experience with low-income clients, and familiarity with public benefits, bankruptcy, consumer debt, and housing law is preferred but not required. We value strong organizational, interpersonal, communication, writing and computer skills. Supervisory, management or teaching experience is helpful, but not required. Fluency in another language besides English is helpful, but not required.
- Manage all aspects of the VLP’s Foreclosure Prevention Project
- Recruit volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono representation to VLP clients by conducting CLE trainings and presentations on foreclosure law
- Mentor and support volunteer attorneys and staff handling complex foreclosure cases
- Maintain a caseload of foreclosure matters in all phases of litigation, including settlement conferences, motion practice, and trials
- Conduct outreach to lawyers, community groups, and Brooklyn residents on the rights of homeowners facing foreclosure
- Provide advice and brief services to Brooklyn residents who are proceeding pro se in foreclosure matters
- Oversee foreclosure clinics in Supreme Court, including staffing, recruitment and supervision of volunteers and law students
- Perform client intake and assist in placing cases with volunteer attorneys
- Assist in recruiting, training and supervising in-house volunteers and law students
- Serve on committees, task forces and panels relating to policy issues and reform efforts
- Prepare grant reports and proposals.
- Admission to NYS Bar and at least 3-5 years of experience litigating foreclosure cases in New York State.
- Passion for social justice and pro bono
- Supervisory experience is preferred
- Experience negotiating residential mortgage loan modifications in New York Supreme Court foreclosure settlement conference parts
- Experience with, and understanding of, HAMP, FHA-HAMP, related mortgage loan modification programs, and other loss mitigation solutions
- Experience preparing RMAs and MAP applications
- Fluency with the MHA Handbook, all Supplemental Directives, FHA Mortgagee Letters, CFPB servicing guidelines, and the NMS and other pertinent settlement agreements
- Understanding of MERS, RMBS, and securitization
- Experience litigating standing and claims under FHA, FDCPA, TILA, RESPA, HOEPA, NYS GBL § 349 and related statutes is strongly preferred.
- Exceptional attention to detail
- Strong problem-solver
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Very strong and persuasive written and oral communication skills, with proofreading ability a must
- Flexibility and creativity
- A sense of humor
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and prioritize while working under multiple deadlines
- Outgoing and professional demeanor for interacting with a wide range of individuals from different cultures and backgrounds
Competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance, 403b plan, life insurance, and liberal vacation policy.
Since 1990, the Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been committed to the premise that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty, and that the private bar can provide a powerful force to ensure equal access through its pro bono efforts. Learn more about the VLP by visiting our website: www.BrooklynVLP.org.
Email resume and cover letter to Jobs@Brooklynvlp.org. Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.
The Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers is an equal opportunity employer.