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Mental Health Project

The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center seeks volunteer law student interns for the fall of 2017. Opportunities are also available for the entire academic year. Internships are unpaid. We will assist students with any necessary paperwork or requirements to receive school credit or other funding. Interns work 10-16 hours per week. Several of our interns have returned following graduation as Skadden, Soros, and Equal Justice Works fellows; others have returned as staff attorneys.

What Legal Services Do We Provide?
• Eviction Prevention: Represent individuals with mental illness facing eviction from rent-stabilized, market-rate, private, public, supportive, and supported housing across the five boroughs.
• Criminal Justice Advocacy: Engage in legislative advocacy, community organizing, and impact litigation to fight against the criminalization of mental illness and for the humane treatment of people with mental illness in prison and jails.
• Social Security Disability Advocacy: Provide representation before the Social Security Administration and in federal court in appealing denials, suspensions, reductions, and terminations of benefits and overpayment claims.
• Discharge Planning: Enforce and educate consumers about state and federal laws requiring hospitals, jails, and prisons to provide people with mental illness with crucial social services prior to discharge.
• Guardianship & Life Planning Documents: Represent clients in Article 81 guardianship matters and draft health care proxies, powers of attorney, and simple wills to allow our clients to be active participants in decisions regarding their lives.
• Medicaid Advocacy: Provide information, assistance, and advocacy on Medicaid managed care issues for people with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Community Development Project

The Community Development Project seeks a law student extern to work on a new project focused on for-profit immigration bond companies. The extern will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with CDP’s Immigrants’ Rights and Consumer Justice teams to document the experiences of New York community members who have used bond company services and to explore advocacy opportunities to address misleading or abusive practices. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ rights advocacy and/or familiarity with the immigration detention and bond process are especially encouraged to apply.

Domestic Violence Project

The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of NYC's most vulnerable citizens. The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center is seeking to hire a Fall Development Intern to work with and on behalf of victims of domestic violence. DVP's mission is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation. Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims' human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys, social workers and advocates provide legal representation in NYC Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, mental health services, advocacy, case management, and on-going domestic violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
DVP seeks a Development Intern to report directly to the Director of Legal Services + Development and assist the program with a range of development related efforts such as website/social media upkeep, grant writing and research and planning the annual fundraiser. The majority of the efforts for this position will be surrounding the annual fundraiser event, slated for winter 2018.

Domestic Violence Project

The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of NYC’s most vulnerable citizens. The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center is seeking to hire a Grants Assistant, either full time or part time. DVP’s mission is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation. Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims’ human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys, social workers and advocates provide legal representation in NYC Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, Immigration Court, mental health services, advocacy, case management, and on-going domestic violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Become an essential part of the Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice Center (UJC). The Grants Assistant will provide critical conceptual and practical support to DVP’s Management Team. The position has growth potential, focusing on building-out and streamlining our current grants management processes as we enhance development, policy, and research related initiatives. There are also opportunities to meet with survivors and work on special projects and events.

Peter Cicchino Youth Project

The Peter Cicchino Youth Project is seeking a temporary full-time Legal Advocate from approximately September 2017 through January 2017, to support the Project during staff transitions. PCYP works to meet the civil and criminal legal needs of homeless and street-involved youth under the age of 25, with a special focus on LGBTQQ youth. By providing direct legal services, community education, systemic advocacy, and case management services, PCYP strives to interrupt the cycles of poverty and criminalization that prevent homeless and street-involved young people from living their best lives.

Community Development Project

The Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks a Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and assistance to grassroots organizations, including nonprofits and small businesses in a variety of areas including incorporation and tax exemption, complying with corporate, employment and tax laws, and real estate and lease issues, including ground leases for community land trust properties. The staff attorney will also help groups of workers establish worker-owned cooperative businesses.
The position offers a unique opportunity to develop expertise in several areas of the law while building relationships with local community organizers, leaders, and service providers. The position reports to the Supervising Attorney for CDP’s Capacity Building practice. Depending on organizational needs and the candidate’s interests and experience, this position may offer opportunities to work on land use matters, including negotiating community benefits agreements and developing community land trusts and other collective structures for ownership of places.

Sex Workers Project

SWP is seeking a Managing Director to lead the project’s work, including setting goals and determining methods. Responsibilities include the hiring, supervision and training of staff; securing full project budget from government and foundation sources and serving as, or working closely with, lead counsel on affirmative impact litigation.

Sex Workers Project

SWP is seeking a Counselor/Advocate with fluent Spanish, Mandarin or Korean, for a full-time position, to provide non-judgmental comprehensive social services to a caseload of approximately 20-30 clients who have been or are involved in the sex industries or are victims of human trafficking or related trauma, and to participate in community trainings and relationship building.

Sex Workers Project

SWP is seeking an Attorney with fluent Spanish, Mandarin or Korean, for a full-time grant funded position, to provide non-judgmental comprehensive legal services to clients who have been or are involved in the sex industries or are victims of human trafficking or related trauma and participate in community trainings and relationship building.

Domestic Violence Project

The Domestic Violence Project of the Urban Justice Center invites the opportunity to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate legal fellowships starting in the fall of 2018 (applications to fellowship foundations due fall 2017). The Domestic Violence Project seeks rising third-year law students, recent law graduates with judicial clerkships beginning in the fall and those currently clerking to sponsor for public interest law fellowships offered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship Program, etc. Fellowship project proposals may be relevant to any legal practice area that is pertinent to victims of domestic violence. However, those with a focus on immigration are strongly encouraged.
The Urban Justice Center (UJC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of NYC's most vulnerable citizens. The mission at the Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Urban Justice is to help victims of domestic violence and their children live free of violence and abuse. We consider domestic violence in any type of relationship, regardless of gender or sexual identity, to be a human rights violation. Our work focuses on providing legal and social work services to promote justice and vigorously defend and protect victims' human rights. To accomplish this, our attorneys, social workers and advocates provide legal representation in NYC Family and Integrated Domestic Violence Courts, Immigration Court, mental health services, advocacy, case management, and on-going domestic violence education and outreach activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

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