Staff Attorney

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426 State Street
New Haven, CT 06510
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc.
New Haven
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA) seeks a Staff Attorney to help establish a community and economic development program within NHLAA. The Attorney will provide legal advice and assistance to grassroots organizations, nonprofits and small businesses and unincorporated groups in a variety of areas including community development, real estate and lease issues, affordable housing, organizational development, and transactional work. The position offers a unique opportunity to develop expertise in several areas of the law while building relationships with local community organizers, leaders, city officials, and service providers. It also provides a unique opportunity to design a new model of community development practice for local legal assistance organizations that could be replicated if successful.

Primary Responsibilities include:
• Represent community-based organizations in entity formation, governance, tax exemption applications and compliance matters.
• Advise and support community-based organizations and unincorporated groups in planning and implementing community development efforts.
• Collaborate with the Community Organizer to ensure that concerns and interests of current residents and businesses are considered in major community development projects initiated by the City and/or other entities.
• Represent small businesses and nonprofits in commercial lease review and negotiations.
• Counsel small business owners.
• Conduct workshops and trainings for community-based organizations and their members.
• Advocate to legislative bodies and agencies on behalf of or in partnership with community-based organizations and their members regarding issues related but not limited to laws and policies addressing equitable community development at the city and state level.
• Work in tandem with the Community Organizer
• Supervise and mentor interns who are assisting with the work described above.

Closing Date: December 29, 2017


• Admission to the Connecticut Bar.
• Demonstrated commitment to grassroots efforts for economic, racial and social justice.
• Strong writing and analytical skills.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Excellent interpersonal/communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
• Previous professional experience or other evidence of familiarity with transactional law
• Ability to work flexible hours
• Access to car, insurance

Strongly Preferred:
• At least 3+ years post-law school experience in comparable work, especially contract negotiation and drafting, real estate development matters, commercial leases and corporate entity formation and operation, and affordable housing finance.
• Experience working with social justice and/or community organizing groups.
• Experience with landlord/tenant proceedings and ground leases.

To apply: 

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Please send cover letter and resume to: Carolyn Gontarski at [email protected]

Equal Opportunity Employer - It is the policy of New Haven Legal Assistance to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.
Salary range: 
Salary and compensation: Commensurate with experience and extremely generous benefits.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, December 29, 2017