Open Hands ls Hiring


Open Hands Legal Services seeks a highly dedicated attorney with an interest in direct legal services to the poor to serve as a Staff Attorney. Our vision is the transformation of all lives through the power of justice and hope. Our mission is to uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed in New York City. We bring free legal services directly to community members at host non-profit organizations throughout the city and break down the legal barriers to their success, enabling individuals to flourish and embody the full persons they are intended to be. More information about us is available at

Under the supervision of Open Hands Legal Services’ Legal Director, the Staff Attorney will oversee regular legal aid desks where he or she will supervise volunteers and provide legal counsel, advice, and representation to low-income individuals facing eviction, termination of public benefits, family law and immigration issues, among other things.  The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities will include also case management, litigation and advocacy on behalf of individual clients.  Essential duties and responsibilities include:  interviewing clients, negotiations with opposing counsel, discovery, motions, and possible appellate work.  In addition to carrying their own caseload, the Staff Attorney will work with volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono advocacy and legal services.  Other duties may be assigned.

The candidate must have excellent writing, advocacy, communication and organizational skills.  Open Hands seeks an attorney with a proven ability to think strategically and creatively about litigation and one that possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for our clients.  The ideal candidate is a self-starter that responds well to quickly changing demands with flexibility.  The ability to take initiative and work independently is critical to this position.  The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to Open Hands’ mission and values  and acts always as an ambassador of our work.


●       Attorney and member of NY bar in good standing

●       Mature Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed

●       Minimum of 2 years relevant experience practicing civil legal services, particularly in the area of landlord-tenant law, employment law, public benefits law and/or immigration law.

●       Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

●       Strong written and oral communication skills

●       Strong interpersonal skills

●       Strong leadership skills and ability to supervise teams of volunteers

●       Demonstrated concern for the needs and rights of low-income communities

●       Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse populations in a sensitive and professional manner

●       Strong entrepreneurial spirit combined with sacrificial service to our clients and team

●       Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment, handle challenging work, and meet deadlines

●       Ability to plan and manage own work,  handle a high volume of cases and take initiative is critical

●       Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility and good humor

●       JD from an accredited law school

●       A second language – especially Spanish– is  preferred but not required


●       Hours:  approximately 32 hours/week (subject to a potential increase to 40 hours per week)

●       This position requires evening and weekend meetings and full commitment and support to the OHLS team and community. 

●       Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to  with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Due to the high numbers of applicants for this position, we regret that we can only respond to candidates that we would like to interview.



Holiday Happenings at Open Hands

The Volunteer and Supporter Appreciation Social is next week!

Join us at Solas on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7pm as we celebrate our amazing Open Hands community. Enjoy lite bites and libations as we highlight some milestones and star volunteers in our organization. Click below to RSVP and make sure to invite a friend!


Get Ready to Smile with Open Hands

As you complete all of your Christmas shopping and other purchases during this time of year, make sure to connect to our Amazon Smile account. By using the link a small portion of all of your purchases will be donated to Open Hands! 

Congratulations to Our New YPN Members

Open Hands would like to welcome four new members to our Young Professionals Network. We look forward to serving our city with our newest additions to the OHLS family. Congratulations to Peyton Barr, Julie Lee, May Li and Susan Varghese.

Giving Tuesday is One Week From Today

Get ready to give the gift of justice this season. Our countdown to 2018 giving campaign will begin on Giving Tuesday, November 28th! We have a generous anonymous match donor that will match each donation up to $10,000 on that day. Mark your calendars!

Save the Date – Open Hands’ Annual Spring Benefit

Mark your calendars and save the date. Our annual Spring Benefit will take place on Thursday, May 3, 2018. We look forward to an evening of celebrating the transformation of lives through the power of justice and hope over the last year. If you would like to inquire about group ticket purchase options or possible sponsorship opportunities now, contact Jacquelynn by clicking here.

In everything give thanks. For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NET)

November News and Updates!

Save the Date!

It's the season of thankfulness and this month we want to let you know how grateful we are for each of you! We invite you to come to our Volunteer and Supporter Appreciation Night and Year End Kick-off on Wednesday, November 29th! Click here to RSVP. We look forward to celebrating the joy of the season with you. 

October Appreciation Event
We had a great time celebrating our "Justice Circle" monthly donors during our appreciation dinner at Roosevelt Island. We are so grateful for their support and we couldn't think of a more lovely way to celebrate! Click here to view pictures on Facebook!

YPN Application Deadline
The deadline for Young Professionals Network (YPN) Committee is approaching! Remember to submit your application by Tuesday, November 7th! Click here for the form.

Volunteer Training
Our next volunteer training will take place on Saturday, November 11th at the New York City Rescue Mission offices. The training will begin at 12pm. Click here to register.

November Volunteer Opportunities

There are so many places to serve this month with Open Hands. We look forward to seeing you at one of our legal aid desks over the next few weeks. Click here to view each option!


September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017

Commit to Justice this Fall

Open Hands will begin a new initiative to fund two of our legal aid desks for 2018. Our goal is to kick off the fall season by raising $25,000 to fund all 24 legal aid desks for the year at Father's Heart Ministries and The Relief Bus. If 60 new donors join our "Justice Circle" monthly giving program by October 20th, we will hit this goal in five weeks. I hope that you will be able to join us in this effort. To sign up for our monthly giving program now, click here!

Volunteer Corner

We had a great time at our summer social last month and each of our legal aid desks. Our faithful volunteers had the opportunity to win ice cream from Alphabet Scoop by using all of the knowledge they have obtained through the "Stay Tuned, Stay Informed" emails that Jean Soo sends about specific legal matters. We also had the opportunity to head down to Pier 46 to watch a movie in the park and enjoy a happy hour social at M1-5. Make sure to check out the pictures on our Facebook page!

Immigration Law Volunteer Training - Save the Date!

Join us on Monday, September 25th at 7:00pm for a special training on immigration law. The session will end at 9:00pm and take place at the New York City Rescue Mission located at 90 Lafayette Street on the 6th floor. A light dinner will be served. Click here to register.

Click Here to View Current Volunteer Opportunities

Join our Young Professionals Network!

Open Hands invites you to join our YPN. Come fellowship with like-minded NYC young professionals at our upcoming socials, happy hours and other events. We also volunteer at each of the legal aid desks throughout the city. Stay tuned for more details about our fall kick-off event. For more information or to join our mail listing to receive updates, click here.