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Posted by: Rachel Haseley - 6/21/2018
Job Expires: 7/31/2018
Director of Impact Litigation

Director of Impact Litigation/Supervising Attorney

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.


Litigation Development:

-         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 change efforts.

-         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 appropriate.

-         Review pleadings, briefs, letters, presentations, and other attorney work product.

-         Assist the CEO in developing and implementing litigation strategies, budgets and resource development.

 Leadership and Supervision:

-         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 legal strategies.

-         Assist in setting targets for attorney's fees in the annual budget and lead the CELJ staff in meeting those targets.


Systemic Advocacy:

-         Work collaboratively with policy, outreach, and fiscal management staff on CELJ's systems change efforts.

-         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.

Required Qualifications:

-         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 practicing law.

-         Exceptional skills in drafting complex briefs, pleadings and motions, conducting depositions, and trial work.

-         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 sick time.

-         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 development


To Apply:

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 
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