Homelessness Litigation and Program Counseling Unit (HLPCU) provides counseling and litigation support to the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) at all levels of the Agency, from intake to transitional housing, from prevention to street homelessness, and to any programs developed or run by the Agency.
HLPCU represents its various programs in Supreme Court, Civil Courts, and Administrative Court settings, and provides litigation support to the City’s Law Department on major litigation against the Agency including class action lawsuits. The unit also handles program counsel to various Agency divisions, and handles internal legal conferences concerning eligibility determinations or transfer decisions amongst shelters. HLPCU also addresses routine legal matters for DHS concerning subpoenas, notices of claim, and records access
The Office of the General Counsel of Legal Affairs (OLA) is recruiting for an Agency Attorney Interne within the Homeless Litigation and Program Counseling Unit (HLPCU) who will work at the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing (PATH) intake center, located in the Bronx. PATH is a state-of-the-art and eco-friendly facility that has been specifically sized, staffed, and laid out to meet the demand for homeless services and who will:
- Conduct case reviews and facilitate legal conferences for families with children and adult family applicants who challenge shelter ineligibility determinations; determine whether new information may alter original determination.
- Assist in drafting legal documents, including: eligibility determinations, agreements, pleadings, motions, objections, rebuttals, affidavits and/or statements, in order, to obtain court agreements, stipulations or judgments. Also, may include briefs, legal opinions, memoranda and other legal papers.
- Assist with providing legal assistance to DHS program areas by researching legal questions or problems, interpreting the intent and legal ramifications of laws, rules, regulations and agreements related to the delivery of services.
- May represent the Agency at State Fair Hearings: Liaise with the NYC Law Department on external litigation, monitoring Agency compliance with relevant Federal, State and local laws and regulations, responding to subpoenas, FOIL and other information requests, coordinating and resolving applicant and client concerns with clients and advocates, and drafting position statements in response to complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the State Division of Human Rights and the NYC Commission on Human Rights.
- May assist with the staff training on policy, practices and new procedures. May also assist with quality assurance analyses and audits to ensure compliance with applicable policies, procedures and governing laws concerning the Agency’s intake and eligibility processes, as well as other PATH Operations.
- Perform other related tasks.
- May be re-assigned to other boroughs within New York City, as needed.
Minimum Qual Requirements
- Graduation from an accredited United States law school as defined in the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals (Sections 520.3 or 520.5) or admission to the New York State Bar.
- Oral argument
- Legal Research and writing