Job Description

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:

•  Assist with reviewing cases submitted for Client Responsibility actions related to compliance with
   shelter requirements.

•  Represent DHS at administrative hearings and agency conferences; and act as a liaison to the Law
   Department  on external litigation.

•  May assist in conducting legal research and draft memoranda and other writings advising on DHS
   policyand procedure.

•  Research and draft position statements in response to complaints filed with the Equal Employment
   Opportunity Commission, State Division of Human Rights, and City Commission of Human Rights.

•  Assist in responding to subpoenas and other information requests.

•  Perform special projects on an as needed basis.

•  Maybe 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.

Preferred Skills

• Must be well-organized, assertive, and able to work independently and collaboratively, and have
  the ability to exercise discretion and initiative.
• Strong work ethic
• Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize workload.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Strong people skills and leadership skills.
• Prior experience in administrative hearings or litigation.

Additional Information


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DSS/HRA/DHS qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements. 

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
https: studentaid.ed.gov/sa/r…

To Apply



9am – 5pm with flex

Work Location

4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

*The Attorney Interne for the AFIC unit position will be assigned to work at 400-430 East 30th Street, New York
The work schedule will be Tuesday thru Saturday 9 am – 5pm, with flexibility to work evening schedule
based on Agency Needs*.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.