Executive Director of Court Square Law Project

Queens, NY
Jan 31, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Court Square Law Project (CSLP), a joint program of CUNY School of Law (Law School) and the New York City Bar Association (City Bar), is a unique post-graduate learning and working experience for recent law school graduates. CSLP is in the second year of a 5-year pilot program, established to design and test a mission-driven, commercial business model to provide a defined set of affordable legal services to persons who can afford to pay something, but not current market rates, for such services. The pilot employs primarily new lawyers who will receive appropriate training and supervision. The focus is on the development of a sustainable and scalable business model, which, if successful, would be replicated by others.

CSLP Fellows participate in a one- or two-year post-graduate, teaching and practical program and receive modest stipends. Up to 10 post-grads (Fellows) will join CSLP in each of the first four years of the pilot period. The first cohort of Fellows is currently in residence and will begin their second year in January, 2017. CSLP is housed at the Law School, so Fellows benefit from the presence of the Law School faculty and expertise. Training for Fellows focuses on practice area expertise and on law firm management. In addition to their courses, Fellows participate in a hands-on learning experience, under the guidance and training of supervising attorneys, serving the legal needs of moderate-income clients, each of whom pay a small fee for the legal services they receive.

The Executive Director of CSLP directs a program that will develop and pilot a mission-driven, commercially sustainable business model to enable new lawyers to address the unmet civil legal needs of people of modest means while developing their own sustainable professional practices. The program will include post-graduate law school training of participating lawyer Fellows as well as the delivery of client services:

Reporting to the Dean of the Law School, the Executive Director provides overall direction of the project, including:

  • Working with CUNY Law Dean and the Executive Committee to refine program goals, objectives, risks, and roles and responsibilities - Managing the day to day operations of the entity - Overseeing staff, which will include hiring and supervising attorneys, administrative assistants, and additional staff including volunteers, and work-study students
  • Collaborating with external organizations and community stakeholders to plan and execute program activities - Representing the program to external organizations - Building a caseload that will be carried out by Fellows, under the supervision of supervising attorneys
  • Working with research partners to collect data on outcomes, and analyze and report results while planning new and improved services - Overseeing operating budgets and performing financial analysis to support decision-making - Developing budget and service delivery models that move the Project towards sustainability - Assuming responsibility for design and implementation of the curriculum
  • Working with an Executive Committee comprised of representatives of the Law School, City Bar and Founding Sponsor law firms, as well as a broadly-based Advisory Committee, the Dean and other Law School administrators.
  • Creating referral networks of potential clients and designing and executing client marketing strategies, as well as coordinating with existing referral networks - Creating and executing recruitment strategies for Fellows - Developing the practice areas and establishing appropriate fee structures
  • Overseeing financial management of the project - Overseeing the research component of the project with third party partners - Working with representatives of the Law School and the City Bar to manage media strategies and represent CSLP in the media

This position is expected to end at the conclusion of the 5-year pilot program.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience. Additional qualifications are defined below:

  • J.D. degree from an accredited school of law and Admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York

Preferred qualifications include: - Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, to low or pro bono practice, and to clinical teaching - Management experience, including experience developing and managing business plans and budgets; experience in small or large business setting is preferred - Experience developing and managing legal services programs or small community-based law firms - Experience in legal services or not-for-profit settings, including managing the office and staff and liaising with boards and significant stakeholders - Experience managing continuing education programs -Legal practice experience in one or more of the following areas: family law, small business representation, housing, immigration, consumer and small commercial cases


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Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: CUNY School of Law

Job Title: Executive Director of Court Square Law Project

Job ID: 16088

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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