LAWYER - ATTORNEY REFERRAL COUNSELOR (Bilingual/Spanish) - full-time or part-time
The New York City Bar Association (City Bar), founded in 1870, is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The City Bar’s mission is to equip and mobilize the legal profession to practice with excellence, promote reform of the law, and uphold the rule of law and access to justice in support of a fair society and the public interest in our community, our nation, and throughout the world.
Do you enjoy finding ways to help others who need legal assistance, but would rather not continue working after your general workday is done? Would you like to work remotely from your home 100% of the time (except, possibly, for a few meetings per year post-pandemic)? If so, this job’s for you!
We are in the business of public service. For more than 70 years, we have made it our mission to help individuals and businesses find the right lawyer to meet their legal needs. Established in 1946, the New York City Bar Legal Referral Service (LRS) is the oldest lawyer referral service in New York State, and the first one in New York City approved by the American Bar Association.
Will consider full-time or part-time candidates for this opportunity. Candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S, must be admitted to practice law in New York State and must live in New York (or an adjacent state) within reasonable travelling distance by ground transportation for in-person meetings at the City Bar.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY include, but are not limited to:
• Respond to high volume of calls and emails from the general public
• Triage legal issues and direct clients to participating lawyers and other legal resources
• Provide basic legal information to the public
• Other duties, including legal research, public relations, marketing and public outreach, as assigned
• Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is essential!
• J.D. from an accredited law school
• Admitted to practice law in New York State
• Working knowledge of general legal procedures
• At least one year of experience in civil law -- such as landlord/tenant law, labor/employment, family law, tort/negligence, workers comp, wills/trusts/estates, immigration, etc. – in a clinical, legal services, government or private law office environment preferred
• Excellent phone manner, customer service and written/verbal communication skills
• Experience managing challenging people preferred
• Ability to stay calm in stressful situations
• Strong PC skills, including Microsoft Office
It is the policy of the City Bar to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender (including gender identity and sexual harassment), sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the City Bar will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.