Agency Attorney

Job #: 387067 Exp.: 1 - 3 Years
Description:
The Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services works closely with other HPD divisions and outside community partners to identify buildings with violation problems, assess and develop appropriate strategies to address those properties, and work closely with responsible owners to develop a plan to improve conditions and return buildings to firm financial footing and physical health. HPD uses enforcement tools within the Division of Code Enforcement, Housing Litigation Division, Emergency Repair Program or the Division of Special Enforcement to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.

Key responsibilities
Under the direction of the Assistant Commissioner and/or Supervising Attorney in the Housing Litigation Division in the Certification of No Harassment Unit. The selected candidate's responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Serving as a Senior Staff Attorney evaluating legal investigations and conducting hearings at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings ("OATH");
  • Evaluating and making recommendations on enforcement of the anti-harassment laws pursuant to the Housing Maintenance Code and the Rules of the City of New York. Communicating with applicants occupants for a Certification of No Harassment;
  • Working closely with Housing Litigation investigators;
  • Preparing petitions, briefs, motions, legal opinions, affidavits, memoranda and other legal documents concerning the processing of Applications for Certificates of No Harassment;
  • Preparing, presenting and arguing cases at OATH Hearings, including difficult and involved negotiations on behalf of the agency;
  • Researching and preparing cases for trial, including pre-trial discovery submissions, preparation of exhibits and prepping witnesses to provide testimony;
  • Liaising with community groups and tenants.

Minimum Qual Requirements
  • Admission to the New York State Bar; and either "2" or "3" below.
  • One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
  • Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086).
  • Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:
  • To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.

Preferred Skills
  • Admission to the New York State Bar; and either “2” or “3” below.
  • One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
  • Six months of satisfactory service as an agency Attorney Intern (30086)
  • Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.


Closing Date: 31st March, 2019
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