The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking an experienced and talented lawyer with a deep commitment to public interest practice and policy to serve in the Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) in the Brooklyn or Bronx Office. The Staff Attorney will be primarily responsible for representing individual clients who have been denied federal disability benefits and who have lost first-level administrative appeals through second-level administrative appeals to the Social Security Administration's Appeals Council and judicial review of final unsuccessful appeals in federal district courts. The Staff Attorney may also be responsible for representing clients in first-level administrative appeals before Administrative Law Judges. The Staff Attorney may be called upon to work with pro bono attorneys and to engage in other DAP activities and activities related to government benefits.
* Represent clients in city, state, and federal court proceedings, administrative proceedings, and in affirmative litigation
* Train and engage in community outreach and education to individuals, local community-based organizations, and housing advocates
* Engage in policy advocacy on behalf of clients
* Coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations
* Represent the Civil Practice, the Disability Advocacy Project, and The Legal Aid Society in the community
* Work with pro bono lawyers
* Conduct off-site intake, including during evening hours
* Other duties as assigned
Bronx - Civil Practice Neighborhood Office
* Admission to the New York State Bar. Those applicants who have pending applications for NYS bar admission or are sitting for the first scheduled NYC bar exam following applicant's law school graduation will be considered
* Experience in Social Security law preferred, but not required
* Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
* Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team and manage a high volume of
* Excellent organizational skills
* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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