Director of Impact
The Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) is
seeking a full-time Director of Impact Litigation to lead our team in the fight
to protect and expand the rights of older people and persons with disabilities across
the state via litigation, individual representation and investigations.
CELJ is a 48 person nonprofit law office with
three offices located throughout Western New York. It is our mission to use the
legal system to help our clients live independently and with dignity.
- Develop, manage and
supervise CELJ's systemic litigation.
- Identify impact
litigation opportunities across the state and develop and expand collaborations
in Western New York and across the country on litigation and other systems
- Work with Supervisors
& Staff Attorneys to ensure ongoing development of litigation on issues
that impact our clients.
- Oversee all CELJ's
impact litigation activities, including investigation, research, discovery,
motion practice, trial work, appellate practice, and seek attorneys' fees where
- Review pleadings,
briefs, letters, presentations, and other attorney work product.
- Assist the CEO in
developing and implementing litigation strategies, budgets and resource
- Support and supervise a
team of experienced and newer attorneys.
- Ensure high-quality and
best-practice representation through regular case review, advocacy skills
training, and other quality assurance mechanisms.
- Contribute to the
development and implementation of organization policies and procedures related
to litigation, representation and related matters.
- Regularly report on
CELJ's casework, including contributing to reports to CELJ's funders.
- Provide orientation,
training, supervision, and evaluation of attorneys and others as assigned.
- Lead regular meetings of
CELJ's legal staff to discuss issues impacting our clients and develop creative
- Assist in setting
targets for attorney's fees in the annual budget and lead the CELJ staff in
meeting those targets.
- Work collaboratively
with policy, outreach, and fiscal management staff on CELJ's systems change
- Participate in
traditional media appearances (TV and radio), social media activities, and
other communication efforts, including, with the input of our Communications
Director, drafting press releases and newsletters related to CELJ's litigation.
- Commitment to enforcing
and expanding the rights of low income persons across New York through
individual and systemic litigation.
- Strong analytical and
strategic skills and experience developing litigation.
- Juris Doctor from an
accredited law school; licensed to practice law in New York.
- A minimum of 6 years
- Exceptional skills in
drafting complex briefs, pleadings and motions, conducting depositions, and
- Passion about litigation
and the use of litigation to improve the lives of older persons, persons with
low incomes and persons with disabilities.
- Experience with class
action, major impact, or other systemic litigation.
CELJ offers a
competitive benefits and compensation package, including:
- Generous vacation and
- Thirteen holidays a
year, plus two half-day holidays
- Flexible scheduling
- Summer hours between
Memorial Day and Labor Day
- Payment of license fees
and association dues
- Encouragement of professional
Send cover letter expressing your interest in
and qualifications for the position; resume; and description of significant
state and federal cases litigated, including your role in them.
No phone calls please.
CELJ is an affirmative
action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply, including veterans
and individuals with disabilities. Employer recruits without regard to sex,
race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and any such candidates are
strongly encouraged to apply