New York City HRA/DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICESBrooklyn, NY51 years ago
    The Department of Social Services' Office of Legal Affairs provides legal guidance, litigation support, and direct representation in state and federal courts and administrative agencies to the Department of Social Services and all DSS program areas to ensure the delivery of social services consistent with federal, state and local laws and regulations.

    The Office of the General Counsel / Office of Legal Affairs is recruiting for one Agency Attorney Interne, in the Child Support Enforcement Term of the Support and Lien Recovery Litigation Unit to function as Attorney Interne, who will work towards establishing paternity and child support orders in the family court. Under direction of a supervising attorney, the Attorney Intern will:

  • Represent the interests of the Commissioner of the Department of Social Services in NYS Family Court
  • litigation to establish paternity and orders of support for children in receipt of public assistance.

  • Appear in estoppel hearings and trials. Seek penalties on violation of support petitions. Works on
  • Medical order of support, modification of orders and violations of orders for dependent children in
    receipt of Medicaid.

  • Provide legal counsel and review with regard to negotiated settlements on outstanding arrears owed to
  • the Commissioner and stipulate to orders of support outside of court based on Office of Child Support
    Services initiatives and pilot programs.

  • Perform legal research on basic family law subject matter and drafting standard motions and rebuttals.

  • Draft legal documents, provide legal assistance to OCSS by researching applicable statutes, case law
  • or other material to resolve legal questions/problems, interpret the intent and legal ramifications of laws,
    rules/regulations related to the delivery of social services.

  • Maintain case files and update notes into Office of Legal Affairs case management system records on
  • case status.

  • Determine the advisability of presenting witnesses, admissibility of types of evidence and matters of
  • legal strategy.

  • Must travel and maybe re-assigned to other boroughs within New York City, as needed.

Minimum Qual Requirements

Graduation from an accredited United States law school as defined in the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals (Sections 520.3 or 520.5) or admission to the New York State Bar.

Preferred Skills

  • Prior litigation experience
  • Strong oral and written advocacy skills
  • Prior experience with Child Support or Family Law

Additional Information


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DSS/HRA/DHS qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

To Apply



9am - 5 pm with Flex

Work Location

1 Metro Tech, Brooklyn NY

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.
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