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Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) is a non-profit public interest law firm with over 100 staff providing free legal services to low-income and senior residents of Hudson, Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey. NNJLS provides a wide variety of civil legal assistance and advocacy for those most in need of legal representation such as victims of domestic violence, tenants facing unfair and arbitrary eviction, seniors victimized by unscrupulous creditors and clients facing many other types of legal matters. NNJLS is committed to the principle that all members of society should be treated equally and fairly by our civil justice system. NNJLS seeks dynamic employees who want to make a real difference in the lives of those most in need.

NNJLS provides an attractive salary and fringe benefits package. NNJLS is an equal opportunity employer, including supporting individuals with a disability and veterans.


Pro Bono Partnerships Coordinating Attorney

The Pro Bono Partnerships Coordinating Attorney will coordinate various pro bono program functions, with an emphasis on substantive mentorship and technical assistance for cases being handled by volunteers. In this role, you will be available to train, mentor, advise and supervise volunteer advocates including: firm attorneys, general counsel, solo practitioners, law students, paralegals, fellows, etc. You will be joining the pro bono team at an exciting transformational period. This role is an opportunity to make big, measurable differences in a growing unit of NNJLS.

 

Responsibilities include, without limitation:

  • Supervise and provide technical assistance on matters placed with volunteer legal advocates (private attorneys, paralegals and law student interns) at varied skill levels. This will include:

    • substantive law, procedural and skills training

    • assisting volunteers with ongoing case management and consultations/mentoring

    • participating at off-site legal clinics

  • Research and develop materials to better serve clients (on legal issues they face) and volunteers (on how to best serve clients). e.g. client questionnaires; volunteer “how-tos.”

  • Expand and help develop client-centered volunteer training programs and materials

    • Design and present monthly seminars on legal issues for volunteers

    • Create and update practice manuals and outlines for new and experienced legal advocates across multiple legal areas

    • Assist with the creation of alerts, blog posts and publications on legal topics relevant to volunteer attorneys

    • Help create virtual training modules

  • Assistance as needed with:

    • screening potential clients and participation in client outreach activities

    • coordinating with all NNJLS legal units on case strategies

    • supervision of NNJLS Pro bono Program support staff

  • Other duties and locations as assigned. Evening and weekend hours may be required.

 

Requirements

  • The candidate must be admitted and in good standing or ready for admission to practice law in New Jersey. Other state bar membership may qualify, depending on experience.

  • Minimum 2-3 years litigating hearings, trials and other proceedings in various forums with comprehensive knowledge of civil procedure and evidentiary issues

  • Experience effectively communicating with legal professionals and community leaders; ability to engage with diverse stakeholders; strong public speaking skills.

  • Strong, accurate research skills; impeccable written and verbal communication skills.

  • Highly motivated and able to manage own work and caseloads.

  • Demonstrated experience with or sensitivity to the needs of low-income populations, particularly “hard to reach / serve” populations.

  • Patience; creativity; attention to detail; excellent organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and remain calm under pressure.

  • Commitment to the mission of Northeast New Jersey Legal Services and dedication to promoting equity and a client-centered pro bono practice.

Apply: Submit the following to HRNNJLS@LSNJ.org with the subject “Pro Bono Partnerships Coordinating Attorney":

  • Resume 

  • Cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position as well as your salary requirements 

  • Up to three work product samples

Human Resources Manager
The Position: The Human Resources Manager is responsible for the administration of human resources policies, programs, and procedures including, but not limited to, employment compensation and benefits, hiring and discipline, training and professional development, and employee relations.     
 

Qualifications: At least 2 years of human resources management experience in a professional setting and a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources.  Experience in a unionized environment a plus.  The successful applicant will have excellent and versatile communication and writing skills, the ability to lead projects, work collaboratively, and possess strong organizational skills.

Location: The position is based in our Jersey City office with travel to our Hackensack and Paterson offices required as necessary.  
 

Apply: Submit the following to HRNNJLS@LSNJ.org with the subject “Human Resources Manager":

  • Resume 

  • Cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position as well as your salary requirements 

  • Two work product samples

Public Interest Attorneys

 

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) has several challenging and rewarding positions available for attorneys seeking to provide legal assistance to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society.  NNJLS is hiring attorneys for its Housing, Public Benefits, Consumer, Immigration, Low-Income Taxpayer, and Family Law/Domestic Violence sections in its Paterson, Hackensack, and Jersey City, New Jersey offices.  NNJLS seeks dynamic advocates who want to make a real difference in the lives of those most in need of legal assistance. Positions are available for experienced attorneys as well as recent graduates. 

 

NNJLS is a non-profit public interest law firm with over 100 employees providing free legal services to low-income, senior and disabled residents of Hudson, Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey. NNJLS’s staff of highly experienced and dedicated attorneys provides a wide variety of civil legal assistance and advocacy for those most in need of legal representation such as victims of domestic violence, tenants facing unfair and arbitrary eviction, seniors victimized by unscrupulous creditors and clients facing many other types of legal matters. NNJLS is committed to the principle that all members of society should be treated equally and fairly by our civil justice system.   

Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to legal assistance for the disadvantaged is preferred.  NNJLS offers a positive workplace among colleagues who enjoy and are passionate about their work.  New Attorneys will work with top experts in a variety of practice areas and will handle their own case load after appropriate training. We encourage a supportive, team work environment, with work-life balance.   All attorneys receive an attractive salary and fringe benefits package, including annual salary increases, and generous paid time off. Benefits also include comprehensive health insurance and retirement plans, as well as in-house trainings that offer CLE credit.  Advancement and promotions within the organization are encouraged.   NNJLS is an equal opportunity employer, including supporting individuals with a disability and veterans.  Bilingual skills are preferred for some positions. 

To apply submit a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position to hrnnjls@lsnj.org.

Law Student and Undergraduate Internships

NNJLS is proud to host law school students and others who wish to participate in internship programs sponsored by their schools, private law firms, or advocacy groups. Student interns are mentored by experienced staff attorneys in the areas of civil law practice of their choice. Student interns also assist staff attorneys throughout the legal process from client intake through court appearance. Student interns may need to secure outside funding for their internship projects. NNJLS will also work with students and their school to help the student earn class credit for their NNJLS internship activities.

Individuals who are interested in internship opportunities at NNJLS should send their resume, cover letter, and a brief description of the proposed internship project by email to Cindy Lou Cuesta at ProBonoNNJLS@lsnj.org or call the NNJLS PBP Program at
201-792-6363 for more details.

Volunteers

NNJLS accepts volunteer attorneys via our Pro Bono Partnerships Program (PBP). Volunteers can assist in leading Know Your Rights clinics, make a brief legal advice call, fully represent a client, or mentor new attorneys. To find out more about volunteering and upcoming trainings, click here.