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Posted by: Margaret Wood - 5/9/2019
Job Expires: 5/25/2019
Racial Justice and re-Entry Paid Summer Law Fellowship






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 staff members who want to improve the community by providing free legal services to low income people.


LASNNY is looking to hire a paid summer Diversity Clerk in our Albany office, serving Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties.  The goal of the Diversity Clerk Summer Fellowship is to help overcome the adverse and disproportionate civil and financial impacts of criminal records and justice system involvement on communities of color.  The Diversity Clerk, working closely and collaboratively with a Senior Attorney and the Deputy Director of Strategic Operations, will provide legal assistance to individuals who need help sealing or correcting their criminal records and/or obtaining certificates of relief to remove barriers to employment, occupational licensing, education and other economic opportunities.  The Diversity Clerk will also assist with advocacy for persons who have faced discrimination in employment, occupational licensing, housing, or public benefits or other areas because of justice system involvement.  The Fellow will help with place-based legal services and projects, including helping to coordinate know-your-rights trainings and legal clinics in our office and at partner organizations in the Arbor Hill, West Hill and South End Neighborhoods in Albany as well as in Schenectady and Rensselaer Counties.


Requirements: Current law student or recent graduate.  Position is full time 35 hours per week for 10 - 12 weeks.  Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping low income and disadvantaged people overcome institutional 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 well with low income people, and effectively with 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 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.  Applicants with personal or other experience with the criminal justice system are also strongly encouraged to apply.


Salary: $15 per hour 


Application Deadline: May 24, 2019  


Any applications that do not have a cover letter, resume and writing sample will not be considered.


To apply, please go to OR


     1) Complete the Application linked here, or the mobile-friendly application linked here

     2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here


We are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, the elderly, LGBT persons, applicants and recipients of public assistance, people with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.



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