Staff Attorney, The Guardianship Project

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Department: TGP

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

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 build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. We work with others who share our vision to tackle the most pressing injustices of our day—from mass deportations, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement to the unmet needs of the vulnerable, the marginalized, and those harmed by crime and violence. 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 (TGP), one of Vera Institute’s demonstration projects, is an innovative program established to provide model guardianship services to people who have been adjudicated as incapacitated by the courts and lack family or friends able or willing to care for them.  TGP serves a culturally diverse, and largely indigent and elderly population. We employ a range of professionals including lawyers, social workers, and financial and property managers and who collaborate as a team to provide efficient and effective services and advocacy.  Guardianship practice covers a wide range of issues, including but not limited to foreclosures, public benefits, social security, landlord/tenant law, real estate management and transactions, estate planning, medical decision-making, and elder abuse.

Vera seeks a smart, flexible and enthusiastic Staff Attorney to join The Guardianship Project’s legal team of 4.


  • Drafting motions and other court papers
  • Appearing in court and administrative tribunals for conferences, hearings, and other proceedings
  • Representing clients and/or the agency in guardianship and collateral proceedings
  • Identifying clients’ legal issues as they arise and addressing them accordingly
  • Consulting with case managers and other staff as necessary to address issues facing clients
  • Preparing affirmations detailing services provided to clients
  • Assisting with preparation of court-mandated and funder-mandated reporting
  • Identifying legal and other issues relevant to guardianship and the populations we serve and strategizing with the Project team to address them
  • Representing the Project at relevant conferences and meetings to improve guardianship practices
  • Assisting with special projects as required


  • J.D. with New York State Bar admission or pending admission
  • Strong interest in social justice for underserved populations
  • Experience working with the elderly and/or people with disabilities desirable
  • Litigation experience is a plus
  • Ability to work with a diverse population
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Creativity, flexibility, patience, and good sense of humor
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Must be willing to travel city-wide for appearances and hearings
  • Final candidates will be subject to criminal background check.


Salary:Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

How to apply:

Please submit cover letter, resume, and a professional writing sample. Online submission in PDF format is preferred.

However, if necessary, materials may be mailed or faxed to:

ATTN: People and Culture/TGP Recruitment, Vera Institute of Justice,  233 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10279,  Fax: (212) 941-9407

Please use only one method (online, mail or fax) of submission.

No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


Vera is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.


Vera works to advance justice, particularly racial justice, in an increasingly multicultural country and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system contact, and depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.




For more information about Vera’s work, please visit

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