The Legal Aid
Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY) is a publicly funded law office with
five offices providing free civil legal services to low income individuals
living in 16 counties in northeastern New York.
Our current priorities are Support for Families, Preserving the Home,
Maintaining Economic Stability, Maintaining Safety, Stability & Health, and
Serving Populations with Special Vulnerabilities, Children's Advocacy and
Delivery of Legal Services. We seek
motivated attorneys who want to improve the community by providing free legal
services to low income people.
LASNNY is looking
to hire a permanent staff attorney in our Albany office, serving Albany,
Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia and Greene Counties. LASNNY is a not-for-profit law firm which
provides civil legal services to low income clients in a 16-county region in
Northeastern New York State. We are
seeking an attorney to staff an economic justice initiative. The goal of the
initiative is to ensure that low income residents of our capital region
community have sufficient income to maintain their housing and the essentials
of daily living and that those in need are served by systems that are just, fair and responsive. Through the
legal work of the staff attorney, households will access and secure financial
supports necessary to meet basic human needs (public assistance, including
emergency assistance and temporary housing assistance, SNAP, Medicaid, child
care assistance, unemployment insurance benefits, SSI). Through working with the individuals and
families served by this project, the attorney will also identify and secure
changes needed in the delivery of income supports and related human services so
that the systems serving low income residents of the capital region respond as
the law requires and in a manner that supports and develops human potential.
while providing a full range of legal services, will be expected to implement
creative strategies for providing legal services, engaging the people served by
the initiative and collaborating with or challenging the service systems that
impact the economic lives of low income community members.
The attorney will
assist in the design, coordination and implementation of place based advocacy
in West Hill, Arbor Hill and South End Neighborhoods in Albany, to address
community identified needs, and to work with other LAS staff to assess and
address the economic stability related legal needs of their clients.
Admission to New York State Bar.
Two to seven years' experience.
Applicants who have passed the NYS Bar exam and are awaiting admission,
and out-of-state attorneys who are eligible under New York's pro hac vice rule
will also be considered. Applicants must
demonstrate a strong commitment to helping poor and disadvantaged people
barriers to access employment, safety, housing and income supports. Must be intelligent, hardworking, careful, reliable,
have good judgment, attention to detail and a demonstrated commitment and
sensitivity to the low-income community. Must be able to communicate
effectively with clients and staff, work independently and efficiently and be
able to problem solve and work collaboratively with community partner agency
staff. Training or experience in
community lawyering or community organizing, and demonstrated strong listening
and relationship building skills, experience, creativity and willingness to use
varied legal and non-legal advocacy tools to advance community identified
initiatives preferred. Must be willing
to travel throughout the 16 county service area, and have a car and a clean
valid New York driver's license. Strong computer, administrative, reporting and data
entry skills required. Ability to
speak Spanish a plus.
$46,307 - 61,839 DOE. We are a
unionized program and our fringe benefits are excellent.
Closing Date: Monday, April
To apply, please go to www.lasnny.org OR
1) Complete the Application linked here, or the mobile-friendly application linked here
2) Complete the Demographic
Survey linked here
No applications will be accepted without a writing
sample, cover letter and resume.
We are Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Minorities, women, LGBT persons, the elderly, applicants and recipients
of public assistance and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to