Long Island Housing Services Recruits Staff Attorney – Foreclosure Prevention Program

Long Island Housing Services Recruits Staff Attorney – Foreclosure Prevention Program

Job Description: LIHS seeks to fill an immediate vacancy for licensed NYS Attorney. Successful recruits will work under direct supervision of the Foreclosure Prevention Program Manager or designee. The Attorney will advocate and provide legal services for homeowners who are in jeopardy of foreclosure in their primary residence. Bi-lingual, fluent Spanish-English speaking/written skills are a plus. Experience helpful, not required- will train.

Sample Activities and Assignments:
 Client intakes, analysis of loan documents to detect for subprime loans and/or predatory lending
 Prepare/Review financial modification proposals/packages for submission to lender or servicer client
 Communicate with Banks on behalf of client and negotiate affordable loan terms
 Attend settlement conferences as an advocate for clients in jeopardy of foreclosure
 Provide related legal services, review modifications
 Provide legal advice on options if loan modification not feasible
 Prepare and present defendant’s arguments in court
 Prepare trial briefs; interviewing witnesses for discovery
 Research questions of law
 Conduct intake interviews with complainants involving predatory lending and/or discrimination
 Analyze claims and evidence for jurisdiction and statute of limitations, fair housing tests
 Assist to draft proposals for agency initiatives; Participate in tester training program
 Counsel tenants and landlords on basic and NYS foreclosure rights and responsibilities

Responsibilities may also include special projects and research, outreach, education of community, industry groups on anti-predatory/Fair Lending/Housing laws, rights, remedies and options, consultation in support of investigation of predatory lending claims, and Fair Lending complaints. Staff assignment may include assistance to: Identify and secure consultant, pro bono or contingency attorneys, help with grant writing and staff management, monitoring, reports and other duties as required.

Beginning Salary: $42,000 Foreclosure Prevention and Fair Lending experience preferred, but not required. LIHS is an equal opportunity employer. Send resume by mail or email (No calls or Faxes, please!):

Michelle Santantonio, Executive Director
Long Island Housing Services, Inc.
640 Johnson Avenue, Suite 8
Bohemia, NY 11716-2624
Email to: Michelle@LIFairHousing.org

LIHS is a private non-profit Fair Housing advocacy organization serving Nassau and Suffolk, with its principal place of business at 640 Johnson Avenue, Suite 8, Bohemia, and NY 11716. LIHS’ Mission is the elimination of unlawful housing discrimination and promotion of decent and affordable housing through advocacy and education. Its primary objectives are to promote equal housing opportunity, and racial and economic integration.
LIHS counsels clients in such areas as Fair Housing rights, landlord-tenant rights and obligations, homelessness prevention, mortgage default and foreclosure prevention, pre-purchase and rental strategies, and government assisted programs. LIHS promotes Fair Housing enforcement and voluntary compliance with Fair Housing laws by conducting investigations, including testing, providing education and outreach for housing consumers and industry related providers, and serving as a clearinghouse for information.

Posted 10-12-12