Housing Justice Leadership Institute
The Housing Justice Leadership Institute (HJLI) is a leadership, supervision, and management-skills training program for housing rights supervising attorneys in New York City.
HJLI’s program is designed to help supervising attorneys lead, manage, and support delivery of the highest-quality legal assistance to tenants facing eviction. Participants will receive CLE credit for attendance and a certificate from New York Law School upon satisfactory completion of the program.
The program, rooted in a commitment to housing as a basic human right, builds supervisors’ capacities to help those they supervise recognize and address the racialized nature of housing exclusion, instability, and segregation. It is based on an understanding that NYC’s right to counsel law is not an end in itself—but a vehicle to shift the balance of power in support of tenants’ rights: to protect against evictions, mitigate gentrification, preserve communities, and invest in the development of affordable housing. HJLI further reinforces the critical role of lawyers in supporting a community-led housing justice movement and building power and voice in community-based groups.
Program Information and Application
The Housing Justice Leadership Institute (HJLI) at NYLS is accepting applications for its Fall 2021 cohort that begins on September 17, 2021. HJLI is a nine-day leadership, supervision, and management-skills training program for housing rights supervising advocates in New York City. Participants will receive CLE credit for attendance and a certificate from NYLS upon satisfactory completion of the program. The priority deadline for applying is August 13, 2021. The Fall 2021 cohort will be conducted entirely online.
The HJLI curriculum is based on the work of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Through HJLI, participating supervisors will be able to:
- Effectively communicate Right to Counsel strategic intent—values, vision, and purpose—to ground your supervision of eviction defense advocates.
- Identify four levels of racism and how they work together to produce housing and other racial inequities.
- Utilize systems thinking and community lawyering tools to engage effectively with impacted communities to dismantle these racialized systems.
- Successfully advance organizational change necessary to support your supervisees and your role as a supervisor.
- Utilize a full range of supervisory skills that will enable you to:
- Match the development needs of supervisees with the appropriate supervisory style
- Give effective constructive feedback
- Delegate effectively
- Work effectively with supervisees across issues of identity, power, and difference
- Utilize proven interventions to mitigate bias, identity anxiety and stereotype threat in the supervisory relationship
- Craft and utilize rubrics to clearly articulate housing advocacy performance expectations
- Prepare for and conduct effective performance reviews
- Create an inclusive and collaborative team
Applicant Qualifications and Application Process
Candidates must be housing supervisors in nonprofit legal services organizations in New York City. Preference will be given to candidates who are working in legal services organizations that are participating in New York City’s right to counsel program for low-income tenants facing eviction. When applying, candidates must have the support of their legal services organizations and a commitment from their organizations to release them from enough work obligations to participate actively in the training program.
Candidates must commit to attend all sessions of the training program. Those who attend all the sessions will receive a certificate of completion.
The selection decisions will emphasize diversity in the trainee cohort, including representation from different boroughs and different legal services organizations, as well as diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ identity, age, ability, and other factors. Preference will be given to supervisors with less than three years of experience. Priority applications should be submitted by August 13, 2021; selections will be made soon thereafter.
The Fall 2021 HJLI will be conducted entirely online over nine weeks between September 17, 2021 and January 28, 2022. Sessions will begin at 10:00 a.m. eastern and conclude by 4:30 p.m. eastern with a 90-minute mid-day break plus two additional 15-minute breaks during the day. Participants may need to spend some additional time on program assignments between sessions.
The dates for the Fall 2021 program are:
- Session 1: Friday, September 17
- Session 2: Friday, October 1
- Session 3: Friday, October 15
- Session 4: Friday, October 29
- Session 5: Friday, November 19
- Session 6: Friday, December 3
- Session 7: Friday, December 17
- Session 8: Friday, January 14
- Session 9: Friday, January 28