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Posted by: Patricia Kane - 8/28/2017
Job Expires: 9/28/2017
Managing Attorney Position - Albany, New York

Prisoners' Legal Services of New York (PLS) is searching for a Managing Attorney for our Albany, New York regional office. PLS is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons. PLS engages in administrative advocacy and litigation primarily in cases involving civil rights, claims of deliberate indifference to serious mental health and medical needs, conditions of confinement, prolonged placement in solitary confinement, the mental health treatment provided to juveniles and veterans, child visitation and support, excessive use of force and sentence computation issues. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services to the disadvantaged.

The Albany Office Managing Attorney is responsible for the operation of the Albany regional office and of PLS' Pro Bono Unit. The position requires the skills of a lawyer, a litigator, a supervisor, an administrative manager and a personnel manager. Applicants should be self-motivated and capable of complex analytical work. Applicants must also possess excellent legal research and writing skills, strong communications skills, and a desire to work in a collaborative work environment.

Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York State or eligible for admission, pro hac vice, and be willing to take the next available bar exam. Applicants must also have a minimum of five (5) years of legal practice experience, preferably in at least one of the following areas: prisoners' rights, New York State family law, veterans' rights, civil legal services, civil rights, poverty law or federal litigation, and three (3) years of management experience. We have a serious need for staff who are fluent in Spanish.  

PLS offers a salary that is competitive with other public interest law firms in upstate New York, and sets salaries depending on experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three (3) references by email to: Due to the volume of applications expected, only people who are contacted for interviews will receive a response. The positions will remain open until filled.

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