Staff Attorney – Foreclosure Prevention Program, Long Island Housing Services, Inc.

Long Island Housing Services, Inc. seeks to fill an immediate vacancy for a licensed New York State Attorney.  The Staff Attorney will advocate and provide legal services for Nassau and Suffolk homeowners who are in jeopardy of foreclosure on their primary residence.  Successful recruit will work under direct supervision of the Foreclosure Prevention Program Manager or designee.  Bi-lingual, fluent Spanish-English speaking/written skills are a plus.  Experience helpful, not required – will train.  Beginning annual salary: $47,800, negotiable with direct foreclosure law experience, includes generous benefits package. This is an exempt position.

Sample Work Responsibilities:

  • Intake/interview new clients and maintain/manage case files until close out
  • Provide clients with advice and counsel on foreclosure process and foreclosure prevention options
  • Prepare and review loan modification proposals/packages for submission to lender or servicer
  • Provide advice and counsel on short sale/deed-in-lieu of foreclosure
  • Communicate with banks/bank attorneys on behalf of clients, and negotiate affordable loan terms
  • Attend NYS mandatory settlement conferences in the Supreme Courts of Nassau and Suffolk
  • Assist clients with preparing/serving/filing pro se answer to summons and complaint
  • Review loan modification offers with clients
  • Provide legal advice to clients on options if loan modification not feasible
  • Collaborate closely with other advocates, such as attorneys/housing counselors
  • Maintain and submit timely reports on case/client activity

Responsibilities may also include special projects and research, outreach, and education of community and industry groups.  Staff assignments may include other duties as required, such as assistance to advocate for the continuation of funding.

Foreclosure Prevention and Fair Lending experience preferred, bilingual Spanish a plus, but not required.  LIHS is an equal opportunity employer.  Send resume by mail or email (No calls or faxes, please!):

Trina Kokalis, Esq. Foreclosure Prevention Program Manager and Ian S. Wilder, Acting Executive Director
Long Island Housing Services, Inc.
640 Johnson Avenue, Suite 8
Bohemia, NY 11716-2624
Email to: noting “Foreclosure Prevention Attorney” in subject line

Long Island Housing Services 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 NY 11716.  Long Island Housing Services’ 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.

Long Island Housing Services 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.  Long Island Housing Services 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 11/28/2017