GET INVOLVED

In order to make our mission a reality, we need your support. Whether you would like to give time, monetary donations, or skills, NNJLS could always use more advocates for equal justice.

 

DONATE

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on private and public support to carry out its mission. We gratefully accept donations to help ensure that low-income and underserved residents of Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties have fair access to quality legal representation. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Consider giving $50 to celebrate 50 years of service!

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ATTORNEY VOLUNTEERS

Did you know there are over 275,000 children, seniors and adults living in poverty throughout Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties in New Jersey? Due to limited resources, these low-income residents do not always receive the legal assistance they need and deserve. You can help change that by volunteering with our Pro Bono Partnerships Project (PBP). There are many benefits to joining PAI including:

  • Knowing your generosity, expertise, and energy will be used to provide legal assistance to low-income residents who may otherwise go unrepresented.

  • An exemption from New Jersey’s annual mandatory municipal court assignments if you provide us with 25 hours of free legal services.

  • Exclusive invitations to free and low-cost trainings provided by NNJLS and Legal Services of New Jersey, which can be used to meet New Jersey’s mandatory CLE requirements.

  • Networking opportunities with other pro bono attorneys.


If you are an attorney practicing law in New Jersey and are interested in finding out more about volunteering, please email Cindy Lou Cuesta at ccuesta@lsnj.org or call the NNJLS PBP Program at  201-792-6363.

Or visit ProBonoNJ.org and register as a volunteer with NNJLS.


For more information, see our Pro Bono Partnerships Project (PBP) info sheet

or read our Frequently Asked Questions PDF.

 

LAW STUDENTS AND INTERNS

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 ccuesta@lsnj.org or call the NNJLS PBP Program at (201) 792-6363 for more details.

There are many ways that individuals can volunteer their time to NNJLS including, but not limited to, the following:

 

  • Interpret for clients who speak languages other than English.

  • Translate NNJLS information guides and other materials into languages other than English.

  • Use your paralegal or research skills to conduct research, interview clients, and draft legal documents.

  • Help us keep our offices running smoothly by answering phones, copying, filing, and more.

  • Assist with outreach activities.


​Individuals who are interested in volunteer opportunities at NNJLS should send an email to ccuesta@lsnj.org or call
 (201) 792-6363 for more details.

 

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Community Outreach and Engagement Manager

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) is a non-profit public interest law firm with over 90 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.

            

The Community Outreach and Engagement Manager builds and maintains strategic partnerships and collaborations with community-based organizations whose services complement NNJLS’ civil legal aid in a way that increases the impact on the people and communities we serve. Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) seeks a Community Outreach and Engagement Manager to develop and implement effective outreach strategies; cultivate strategic partnerships with community-based service providers and other organizations; and coordinate community legal education programs. 

 

Responsibilities include, without limitation:

  • Develop and support community engagement projects and lead NNJLS’ effort to identify persistent and emerging issues in low-income and underserved communities that can be addressed through civil legal representation and advocacy.

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with social service providers and community-based organizations.

  • Serve as NNJLS’ representative on coalitions and at stakeholder meetings.

  • Maintain knowledge of statistics and reports regarding poverty, legal aid, underserved and at-risk populations including, without limitation, immigrants, limited English speakers, older adults, people with disabilities, survivors of violence, and veterans.

  • Lead NNJLS’ core community engagement efforts, including:

    • Coordinate outreach activities, legal education presentations and know-your-rights workshops, for community members and service providers.

    • Help staff develop and implement outreach and community engagement plans, and connect them with community organizations and groups.

    • Give presentations about our services to diverse audiences, including how to identify a legal issue that may be appropriate for referral to NNJLS.

    • Field requests for information and NNJLS involvement in community events and evaluate appropriate level of engagement based on priorities and resources.

  • Use and support use of technology to compile, analyze, and share quantitative and qualitative data regarding community engagement activities and its impact.

 

Qualifications:

A college degree with at least 2 years of experience working with coalitions and/or community groups. The successful applicant will have excellent and versatile communication skills, including public speaking and one-on-one interactions, have the ability to lead projects, work collaboratively, and have strong organizational skills. Applicants must have a good understanding of the role of civil legal aid in addressing issues of poverty and social justice. Computer proficiency is required. Flexibility and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends are essential.

 

Preferred:

Familiarity with legal services, public interest programs, and non-profit organizations. Fluency in a second language is a plus.

 

Location:

Remote during pandemic. Based in Jersey City office. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, own or have regular access to a vehicle, and be willing to travel throughout Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties on a regular basis when travel restrictions are lifted.

 

Apply:

Submit resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position and salary requirements to: Human Resources Manager, at HRNNJLS@LSNJ.org with the subject “Community Outreach and Engagement Manager.” 

 

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

Communications Manager

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) is a non-profit public interest law firm with over 90 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.

            

The Communications Manager will be responsible for planning, managing, and executing all aspects of communicating the firm’s mission, policies, programs, initiatives, and priorities to internal and external constituencies and stakeholders. If successful, your impact will bring the NNJLS story to life in a clear and compelling way to deepen external engagement, increase our visibility, and drive NNJLS’ growth. The Communications Manager must interact regularly with staff to stay updated on all aspects of the firm; staying ahead of events and issues related to our mission.

 

Responsibilities include, without limitation:

  • Producing written content across internal and external platforms.

    • Write compelling and uniform copy that will resonate and grab the attention of various audiences through email, social media, presentations, and other marketing materials.

    • Translate program data and research into compelling narratives for external pieces including press releases, speeches, and reports.

    • Build, refine, write, and disseminate key messaging and talking points; serve as preliminary editor for all NNJLS written materials across units.

  • Managing the design, composition, production, and publication of NNJLS brochures, pamphlets, information packets, and other publications, using our branding and voice.

  • Helping to shape and implement NNJLS’s visual and digital presence.

    • Manage all of NNJLS’ digital channels including website, email marketing, and social media platforms.

    • Develop and maintain NNJLS branding guide and templates.

    • Create, organize and maintain robust digital asset library (including photos and video), either through personal skills or the effective sourcing and management of outside contractors.

  • Serving as point of contact for media inquiries.

  • Analyzing the effectiveness of our communications through analytics and providing recommendations.

 

Qualifications:

At least 2 years of communications experience in a professional setting. A natural storyteller with impeccable copywriting skills. The successful applicant will have excellent and versatile communication skills, have the ability to lead projects, work collaboratively, and have strong organizational skills. Computer proficiency is required.

Preferred:

A degree in communications, marketing, or a related field. Understanding of basic design principles with a modern aesthetic eye with the ability to help craft beautiful, effective, and immersive experiences across print, web, mobile, email, and social media. Up-to-date with industry leading software and technologies (for example, Adobe Creative Suite). Even better if you know your way around graphic design tools and can help design materials! Applicants should have an understanding of the role of civil legal aid in addressing issues of poverty and social justice.
 

Location:

Remote during pandemic. Based in Jersey City office.

 

Apply:

Submit the following three pieces to Human Resources Manager, at HRNNJLS@LSNJ.org with the subject line of “Communications Manager":

1) resume;

2) cover letter describing your interest in the position and salary requirements; and

3) up to three work product samples; please no academic papers!

 

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

Employment Opportunities for 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, and Family Law/Domestic Violence sections in its Paterson, Hackensack, and Jersey City, New Jersey offices. Positions are available for experienced attorneys as well as recent graduates. 

 

NNJLS is a non-profit public interest law firm with over 80 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. NNJLS seeks dynamic advocates who want to make a real difference in the lives of those most in need of legal assistance.

 

Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills are required. Prior Legal Services experience or a demonstrated commitment to legal assistance for the disadvantaged is preferred. Prior supervisory experience is a plus. NNJLS offers a positive workplace among colleagues who enjoy and are passionate about their work. We encourage a supportive, team work environment, with work-life balance. Benefits include comprehensive health and retirement plans and in-house trainings that offer CLE credit. All attorneys receive an attractive salary and fringe benefits package. NNJLS is an equal opportunity employer, including supporting individuals with a disability and veterans. Bilingual skills are preferred for some positions. 

 

Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for the position(s) to:

Human Resources Manager at HRNNJLS@LSNJ.org

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services

Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 8:30AM-5:00 PM

Bergen County
190 Moore St., Suite 100
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 487-2166


Hudson County
574 Summit Ave., 2nd Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 792-6363

Passaic County

152 Market St., 6th Floor
Paterson, NJ 07505
(973) 523-2900

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