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Job o’ the Day: Summer Law Clerk at the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center!

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action (GNOFHAC) center is looking for dedicated, motivated, and talented law students to assist its staff with the investigation and enforcement of fair housing complaints.

GNOFHAC is a private, non-profit civil rights organization that was established in the summer of 1995 to eradicate housing discrimination throughout the greater New Orleans area through education, investigation, and enforcement activities. GNOFHAC is dedicated to fighting housing discrimination not only because it is illegal, but also because it is a divisive force that perpetuates poverty, segregation, ignorance, fear, and hatred.

Law clerks assist attorneys in all aspects of litigation including client intake, performing legal research, conducting factual investigation, drafting memoranda and motions, analyzing discovery materials, attending court proceedings, and preparing briefs.  Law clerks may also assist with community outreach events designed to educate the public about their fair housing rights.

For more information and to learn how to apply, check the listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Summer 2012 Intern at the NYC Housing Authority!

The Appeals Division of the New York City Housing Authority Law Department is seeking one intern for a seven to eight-week period this summer.  The Appeals Division represents the Housing Authority in proceedings before state courts in response to Article 78 proceedings challenging administrative determinations, Article 81 guardianship proceedings, and appeals from housing court orders.

The intern will:

  • Assist Division attorneys involved in high-volume motion practice and appellate work
  • Draft notices of entry, stipulations of adjournment, and affidavits in support of applications for adjournments
  • File motions, answers, judgments, and other documents
  • Obtain documents from court files
  • Obtain adjournments, including making applications before a referee
  • Prepare papers for service and filing
  • Research legal issues related to eligibility for public housing and Section 8 benefits, housing court proceedings, and Article 81 guardianship proceedings; and draft research memoranda
  • Other duties as assigned in these and related areas

To learn how to apply, see the listing at PSLawNet!

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Planned Affordable Housing Project in Brooklyn Shut Down as Discriminatory

by Kristen Pavón

A bitter minority² vs. minority battle (temporarily anyway) ended earlier this week when a NY judge granted a preliminary injunction against the construction of an affordable housing project on 31-acres of city-owned land in Brooklyn.

The planned Broadway Triangle affordable housing project was designed to be full of multi-room apartments in buildings no higher than eight stories – perfect for chasidic families with many children, who can’t use an elevator on Shabbat or holidays.

Plaintiffs in the case claim the project is discriminatory by design, meant to favor Orthodox applicants, though the area is heavily black and Latino. As a result, plaintiffs claim, the planned project is a violation of the Fair Housing Act, Equal Protection Clause and state and city human rights laws.

“There can be no compliance with the Fair Housing Act where defendants never analyzed the impact of the community preference,” Goodman wrote in her decision last month, which became public last week. . . .

A demographic analyst working for the plaintiffs . . . Lance Freeman of Columbia University, testified that in the districts qualifying for the project, 90,000 blacks and Hispanics needed small apartments, compared with only 9,000 whites and/or Yiddish speakers who needed large apartments, the New York Times reported. That made the focus on large apartments out of character with the area, plaintiffs said. . . .

The city and the defendants are debating whether to appeal the ruling or to allow the case to go to trial, said David Pollock, associate executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, citing conversations with those involved.

I find this stuff fascinating (fair housing cases, not discrimination)… I’m not informed enough to have an opinion on this yet, but I will say that it’s sad to see minorities fighting each other rather than working together.

You can read more about the case at here.

Also, FYI — I get great policy articles (like this one) in my inbox from the National Institute for Latino Policy. You can join the NiLP Network here.

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Job o’ the Day: Attorney Internships (with possibility of permanent employment) with the Eviction Defense Network in LA!

While this opportunity is unpaid, there is a possibility of permanent employment after the internship training. Check it out —

Eviction Defense Network (EDN) is a network of trial lawyers founded in 2003 that advocates for tenants. EDN is dedicated to defending the right to affordable housing and ensuring access to justice in housing matters to tenants in Los Angeles County. EDN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance and representation to tenants facing eviction.

Eviction Defense Network (EDN) is be expanding its services starting with a two-month training opportunity for four attorneys.

From January 28, 2012 through March 30, 2012, EDN is offering a training opportunity with possible salaried positions at the conclusion of the two-month training.

This is a two-month unpaid Internship Program for attorneys interested in then applying for 4 possible job openings at the conclusion of the training.

The training starts with a half day orientation on January 13, 2011 and 1 full day of classroom training on January 14 (Saturday).

Is this position for you? Find out how to apply at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Policy Intern at the National Low income Housing Coalition in DC!

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is looking for students for their Spring 2012 Policy Internship position. The policy intern tracks new legislation, attends and summarizes Congressional hearings for Memo to Members, participates in visits to Congressional offices, and develops materials for use in lobbying the House and Senate to accomplish NLIHC’s mission. 

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to ending America’s affordable housing crisis.

Sound interesting to you? Check out the listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Housing Unit Deputy Director at Manhattan Legal Services

Manhattan Legal Services is looking for a dynamic and experienced attorney to serve as the Deputy Director of the Housing Unit for its borough-wide program. This office is part of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), the largest provider of free civil legal services for low-income people in the country.

The Manhattan office is dedicated to providing high quality legal services in the areas of housing, family law, public benefits, employment, immigration, consumer, and disability rights. The Manhattan program also has special units serving particular vulnerable populations including domestic violence victims, people with HIV, and SRO tenants.

The Deputy Director of the Housing Unit will work under the direct supervision of the Housing Unit Director. The responsibilities of the Deputy Director of the Housing Unit will include assisting with the supervision of the housing and benefits unit (currently 8 staff members). In addition, the Deputy Director will carry a reduced caseload and will co-counsel complex cases, develop and file affirmative litigation and work on furthering collaboration with community-based organizations.

The Deputy Director will also assist with grants management and management of the intake process of the unit. The exact division of the duties will be determined by the Housing Unit Director in consultation with Project Director. This is a four day per week job which includes all benefits (pro-rated).

Interested? Check out the listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Housing Discrimination Attorney with Vermont Legal Aid!

Vermont Legal Aid is looking for a full-time, one-year contract attorney in their Burlington office to assist in carrying out their anti-discrimination work.

Responsibilities for this position include representing individual and organizational housing discrimination victims in federal and State courts and in administrative hearings; testifying before State and municipal planning and zoning entities; and limited community legal education and committee work.

Vermont’s most common forms of housing discrimination occur on the prohibited bases of race/color, national origin, ethnicity, families with children, and disability. Help Vermont fight housing discrimination!

If you’re interested, check out the listing at PSLawNet!

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Health & the Law: Foreclosures Putting People in the Hospital

By Andrea Nehorayoff

People are just sick over our foreclosure crisis. No really, foreclosures are literally making people sick. A study based on new research relating health problems to foreclosures states that the two are directly correlated.

According to two university researchers, “an increase of 100 foreclosures corresponded to a 7.2% rise in emergency room visits and hospitalizations for hypertension, and an 8.1% increase for diabetes, among people aged 20 to 49,” based on statistics since 2005 in Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, and California. These high-foreclosure areas are also faced with large populations of unemployed, underemployed and uninsured. People are driving themselves sick and they need help!

These numbers are flat-out scary. One solution to this problem is to help people find ways to avoid financial duress and keep their homes. Legal aid is a viable option for people facing foreclosure.

A Staten Island resident was able to receive a loan modification and stop her from losing her home altogether with the help of Staten Island Legal Services. Solutions like this one can help relieve the stress-related ailments—- respiratory problems, pneumonia, chest pain, shortness of breath and suicidal thoughts– associated with financial hardships, but by no means is a permanent one. We need to fix this problem. The research might only cover four states, but the statistics could be just as bad, or even worse, in other states.

What are your ideas about how attorneys can help alleviate the stress that foreclosures create?

Andrea, a newbie PSLawNet Blog contributor, is a Project Assistant at NALP. She is a senior at The George Washington University pursuing a degree in Political Science. Prior to joining NALP, Andrea’s political interests had her working for a variety of New York State political campaigns, including Governor Paterson’s reelection campaign, Kathleen Rice for NYS Attorney General, candidates for state senate, congressmen for reelection and the New York State Democratic Committee. She can be reached at anehorayoff@nalp.org.

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New York Settled, Promising New Life for Mentally Ill People

By Kristen Pavón

In a big win for New York housing law and disability advocates, New York settled a 2006 case this week that accused it of “violating the spirit of its own longstanding rules for housing mentally ill people.” The settlement came on the heels of the judge setting a trial date for early October.

Here’s the low-down (as I have gathered from the New York Times article): Back in 2002, NYT did a series of exposé articles revealing the repulsive nursing home conditions that mentally ill people were living in and as a result, this case was filed. Not surprisingly, New York has a “longstanding legal principle . . . [that] the mentally ill cannot be confined unless they are considered a threat to themselves or others, and should be housed in the leased restrictive setting appropriate for their needs.”

The meat of the settlement is in the three-year deadline to move qualifying patients out of nursing homes and into the community. However, the state has also promised to provide for reforming the assessment process that is used to determine whether patients can live in the community and develop 200 new supported housing units.

Read the whole story here.

Share your public-interest wins with us below & let us know what you think of NY’s settlement.

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