Law Assistant: Part-time and Short-term (Six Months)
Vera Institute of Justice - Brooklyn, NY

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The Guardianship Project, a Vera Institute of Justice demonstration project, provides model guardianship services to older adults and people with disabilities who have been adjudicated as incapacitated by a court and lack family or friends able or willing to care for them. The project, which has offices in Kings and Queens County, serves a culturally diverse and primarily indigent population residing throughout New York City.

The project employs a team of professionals, including lawyers, social workers, and property and financial managers, who collaborate to provide effective services and advocacy to ensure clients ’ well-being, safety, and the greatest degree of independence possible, within the least restrictive environment. Guardianship practice generally covers a wide range of issues, including but not limited to foreclosures, public benefits, landlord/tenant law, real estate management and transactions, estate planning, medical decision-making, financial exploitation, elder abuse, and crisis management. Project staff routinely addresses challenging and emotionally charged issues, such as end-of-life decision-making and protecting clients from physical and financial neglect and abuse.

The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety. Vera has offices in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, and its projects and reform initiatives, typically conducted in partnership with local, state, or national officials, are located across the United States and around the world. Vera is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity in the workplace.

The Guardianship Project seeks a part-time Law Assistant. This is a short-term position (six months).

The Law Assistant will:
  • Draft motions and other documents related to court-mandated reports and accountings;
  • Assist in tracking and monitoring final accounting process deadlines and fee collection status;
  • Prepare affirmations of services rendered and assist with other billing procedures;
  • File and serve court documents;
  • Conduct legal research; and
  • Assist with other legal work related to Guardianship cases and special projects as required.
  • J.D. preferred, but second and third year law students and recent law school graduates will be considered.
  • Excellent organizational and writing skills and attention to detail; and
  • Final candidates will be subject to a criminal and financial background check.
$15/hour. 14 hours per week. Schedule is flexible.

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume online.

Electronic submission through Vera ’s online application system is preferred, however, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:
ATTN: Human Resources / TGP Part-Time Law Assistant recruitment
Vera Institute of Justice
233 Broadway, 12th Flr.
New York, NY 10279
Fax: (212) 941-9407

Please use only one method of submission (online, mail, or fax). Please do not email your resume directly to a staff member. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

The Vera Institute of Justice values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

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