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Posted by: Kimberly Devins - 5/9/2019
Job Expires: 7/26/2019
Staff Attorney

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. seeks four (4) dynamic staff attorneys to represent Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault Survivors in Utica, Binghamton and Cooperstown, NY in a holistic, client-centered advocacy practice.  The attorneys will work primarily from the offices of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault service providers.

Job responsibilities: Provide direct and comprehensive legal services to eligible clients including advice, negotiation, litigation in administrative tribunals and courts.  The staff attorney will represent clients in a general practice including, but not limited to, Housing, Public Benefits, Family, Disability, Employment, Protective Order, Consumer, Education, Health, and Elder Law.  Criminal Court Accompaniment is also required.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must be admitted to the New York State Bar. Trial experience is preferred.  The candidate must be highly organized and have strong written and oral advocacy skills as well as strong legal research skills and the ability to learn new areas of law quickly. The candidate should demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with non-attorneys, should be self-motivated and able to work independently.  Travel is required and work schedule may vary depending on court hours.  Candidate will be required to comply with all Legal Services Corporation regulations and grant-based reporting requirements.  All candidates are subject to background check.

Commitment to professional growth, problem solving and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for direct client services and commitment to social justice is required. Other qualifying factors include: the nature and extent of prior legal experience; 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 depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

The LASMNY program area includes 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. LASMNY seeks to be a well-balanced multi-cultural organization.  People of color, LBGTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative  Action Employer.

Please submit cover letter, resume, legal writing sample and names and contact information for three references by e-mail to:

             Alice D. Decker, Managing Attorney

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