AFSCME District Council 37

AFSCME District Council 37
Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS)

Staff Attorney
Housing Unit

Based in New York City, NY


POSITION AVAILABLE: Staff Attorney – Housing Unit

SALARY RANGE: $63,050.00 – $90,042.00 per annum


  • Admitted to New York Bar
  • Minimum Two Year Commitment
  • Two Years’ Experience Preferred

DATED: September 9, 2022

DC 37 represents workers who make the City of New York run: They maintain bridges, parks, roads, and subways; they care for the sick and the elderly; they protect school children crossing the street; they staff hospitals, schools, libraries, social service centers and city colleges; they do IT work and clerical duties in many different agencies. Our state workers uphold rent regulations and serve as interpreters and reporters in the courts. These various workers are united in District Council 37, which is part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

The mission and work of DC-37 is focused on improving our union members’ lives on the job and in their communities. As such, we believe social justice, including tenants’ rights and affordable housing, is an important union issue.

Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS) is a benefit that provides free legal services to employees and retirees covered under the union’s collective bargaining agreement. MELS, funded through employer contributions to DC 37’s Health and Security Plan, is the largest union legal service plan of its kind and provides representation is a variety of cases, such as landlord-tenant cases, bankruptcies, consumer debt actions, foreclosures, divorces, family law cases, immigration matters, real estate transactions, drafting life planning documents and more.

The Housing Unit Staff Attorneys are part of a team of lawyers, social workers and legal assistants who represent clients facing eviction from their homes in any of the five boroughs and parts of Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Attorneys are assigned to practice in a particular county or counties.

Staff Attorneys have direct responsibility for all legal components of cases, from the initial intake to the conclusion of the matter, with the assistance and under the direction of a Supervising Attorney. Staff Attorneys are expected to become proficient in Landlord-Tenant practice.  Training and free CLE programs are provided. A two year commitment is required.

Staff Attorneys participate in AFSCME’s defined benefit pension plan (pension benefits vest after five years of service), receive employer paid health, prescription drug, dental and optical coverage and generous paid leave.

To Apply
Forward a résumé and cover letter to Bill Whalen, MELS Director and Chief Counsel, 55 Water Street, New York, New York 10041, email: wwhalen@dc37.net.

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