The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. seeks a staff attorney with experience or interest in general poverty law with an emphasis on Family Court representation for the Otsego County Conflict Defender Program and Domestic Violence representation pursuant to a New York State Domestic Violence Grant from New York DCJS and Elder Law representation pursuant to the Older Americans Act (Otsego County and Delaware County Offices for the Aging).
LASMNY's program area covers thirteen counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. In addition, LASMNY operates a statewide Farmworker Law Project from its New Paltz office.
Job Responsibilities: Provide direct and comprehensive legal services to eligible clients including advice, negotiation, motion practice and litigation. The staff attorney will represent clients primarily in family law cases, including custody/visitation, paternity, support violations, family offenses and abuse/ neglect matters; matrimonial actions and other legal services for survivors of domestic violence; and wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, consumer issues, amongst others for elder clients.
Qualifications: The successful candidate must be admitted to the New York State Bar. Trial experience is preferred. A commitment to professional growth, excellent organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for direct client services and commitment to social justice required. Other qualifying factors include: the nature and extent of prior legal experience, particularly in the areas of family law; knowledge and understanding of the legal problems and needs of the poor, prior experience in the client community or in other programs to aid the poor, ability to communicate with persons in the client community; and cultural similarity with the client community.
Salary and Benefits: Salary depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.
LASMNY seeks to be a well balanced multi-cultural organization. People of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.
Deadline: Until filled.
To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, names and contact information for three professional references, a writing sample, and salary expectation to:
Alice D. Decker, Managing Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
168 Water Street, 2nd Floor
Binghamton, New York 13901