Legal Intern for NYC High Profile Adverse Possession Case

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Children's Magical Garden Inc.
129 Stanton Street
New York, NY
Posted: December 13 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Description

New York City, Lower East Side

Overview:
On Monday, March 10, 2014, the Children’s Magical Garden filed a lawsuit against the developers in New York State Supreme Court. We are seeking (i) a declaratory judgment from the court declaring that the Children’s Magical Garden is the lawful owner of the disputed portion of the Garden; (ii) an injunction to stop the developers from intruding on the Garden; and (iii) to recover damages from developers for trampling, destroying, and digging up the Garden’s cultivations and improvements and for their continuing trespass that, to this day, prevents the Garden from accessing its property. We look forward to bringing these claim before the court, and to the day when this portion of the land is returned to its rightful place as part of the Children’s Magical Garden.

Children's Magical Garden (CMG) has been continuously for over 30 years tending and providing food, education and soul-nourishment to our neighborhood’s children and people of all ages. In May 2013 developer Serge Hoyda, who erroneously claims a section of our garden (Lot 19), aggressively tore the garden in two by putting up a fence in the middle. Newly arrived to this country ESL Lower East Side Prep high school students across the street had lovingly put in their new annual vegetable seedlings. The community was outraged, and many children from Marta Valle, School for Global Leaders, and Lower East Side Prep could see the destruction from the windows of their school building and were in tears. CMG gardeners remained calm and asked to talk with the developer, who refused.

The illegal destruction of our garden resting on Lot 19 took away our annual vegetable bed and several fruit trees, rose bushes, and native wetlands beds. Lot 19 is the only section of CMG that is sunny enough to support the growth of tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, etc. This incredible asset to the health and educational opportunities for our neighborhood’s children has been temporarily destroyed.

Members of Children’s Magical Garden have been meeting almost weekly since that time to strategize ways to get the final piece of our garden back. Retaining lawyers from Sidley Austin LLP to advise us on our rights, as well as building our case has been a labor of love .

When:
Start: January may be extended through Summer
Rolling application

Position requirement:
On the ground research in the Lower East Side
Spanish speaking and writing highly helpful
Will be under Sidley Austin Lawyer and CMG director's supervision
Excellent Interpersonal skills

Responsibilities

On the ground research in the Lower East Side
Internet research and contacts

Requirements

Presently in 3rd or 4th year of law school, or law graduate
Will be under Sidley Austin Lawyer and CMG director's supervision
Excellent Interpersonal skills

Skills

Preferred - Bilingual-English/Spanish

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