Transactional Contract Attorney - Capacity Building Practice Area

Job Type:
Job Short Description:

The Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for the position of Transactional Contract Attorney in our Capacity Building practice. The Transactional Contract Attorney will provide legal advice and assistance to small businesses in connection with commercial lease review and negotiations.

The ideal candidate will begin work as soon as possible for an approximate 2-month term (with a possible extension). This position is designed to be flexible, including working from home with access to our local office, as needed.

Job Summary & Qualifications:


  • Admission to the New York State Bar, or pending admission.
  • At least six (6) years of experience negotiating new, renewal or amended commercial leases, terminations of commercial leases and/or commercial landlord harassment issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to grassroots efforts for economic, racial and social justice.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Commit to between 10-20 hours per week to the position.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Represent small businesses in signing, renewing, amending and/or terminating commercial leases;
  • Assist CDP Capacity Building staff attorneys in preparation for negotiations with commercial landlords; and
  • Represent small businesses in non-litigation negotiations with respect to commercial tenant harassment or other matter related to their lease.
The attorney shall be paid at an hourly rate commensurate with experience.
How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to, attn.: Julian Hill.  Please include “CB Transactional Contract Attorney” in the subject line.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

CDP’s Launch
As of July 2019, CDP is excited to separate from the Urban Justice Center and launch as an independent organization. Our name will be new, but our work to strengthen grassroots movements and dismantle racial, social & economic oppression remains just as strong. Anyone who joins CDP prior to the launch will continue their employment uninterrupted, with the same salary & comparable conditions.

UJC Description:

The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 12 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.