Staff Housing Attorney

The MinKwon Center for Community Action is seeking a highly dedicated attorney with an interest in public interest law to serve as a Staff Housing Attorney. The Staff Attorney will have the opportunity to provide free, critically needed legal assistance to the low-income Asian American community in New York City.

Organization History & Mission

The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community.  Since our founding, we have made a profound presence through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies at the national, state and city levels, voter rights, and cultural awareness.  The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents.


Job Description

MinKwon Center’s Staff Attorney will primarily provide free legal consultations and direct representation for tenants in New York City, with a particular focus on tenants residing in Queens.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

-Conduct intakes and case assessments;
-Provide legal advice, counsel, and direct representation to clients, primarily on holdover, nonpayment, and HP proceedings, as well as other issues affecting low-income tenants;
-Work with organizers to provide community outreach and education for individuals and community partners on tenants’ rights and other housing issues;
-Provide client representation and advocacy with city, state, and federal agencies on individual cases, as well as policy advocacy to prevent tenant displacement;
-Maintain detailed notes in case management system


Job Requirements

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of the following:

-Admitted to the New York State Bar;
-Interest, experience, and demonstrated commitment towards working on social justice issues in the context of the immigrant, Asian American or Korean American community;
-Knowledge of and experience in landlord-tenant law preferred;
-English and Korean proficiency is required;
-Excellent research, written, and oral communications skills;
-Ability to be highly organized, to meet deadlines, to manage a high caseload, and take initiative on projects with minimal supervision;
-Ability and willingness to participate in occasional evening/weekend events;
-Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively,
-Strong commitment to public service; non-profit experience preferred.


The MinKwon Center will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and will only contact applicants who have been selected for an interview.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Yoon Ji Kim

Social Services Director

Note: Please write ‘Staff Attorney’ in the subject line of the email.

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