PROJECT ATTORNEY (JAMESTOWN,
The Jamestown office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) has an opening for a Staff Attorney
to provide legal advice and representation to low-income clients who have been denied Social
Security Disability and SSI benefits. Responsibilities will include
interviewing clients, reviewing Social Security files, representing clients at
administrative hearings and on appeals to the Appeals Council and U.S. District
Court. The attorney will also participate in a Disability Advocacy Program,
which provides excellent training and an opportunity to share strategies with
advocates from throughout western New York.
The attorney will be responsible for complying with grant reporting
Program: LawNY is a not-for-profit law
firm which provides
civil legal services to low-income clients
in a 14-county region in western
New York State. The Jamestown
office provides services to Chautauqua County. The office provides
legal advice and representation in the areas of housing,
public benefits, family
law, employment and consumer law. Program attorneys and paralegals work across areas of specialization to bring a holistic
approach to addressing issues affecting our clients
and communities. LawNY focuses on meeting the legal
needs of individual clients, as well as addressing systemic problems that
create barriers for clients living in poverty.
Requirements: Applicants should have relevant legal experience, a demonstrated
commitment to working with low-income individuals, as well as excellent oral
and written communication skills. Law school graduates who have
taken the first available New York State Bar Examination following completion
of law school may qualify for a practice order pending admission to the New
York State bar pursuant to the LawNY practice order.
Attorneys in another jurisdiction may qualify for a practice order for
up to (18) months pursuant to court rule.
Salary: Salary is dependent
on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The entry level salary for a Staff Attorney
is $50,000 increasing to $56,000 for an attorney with five years' experience. LawNY provides an excellent health and benefit
package as well as generous leave
provisions. This position is considered Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Procedure: Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter describing interest and
qualifications; (2) resume; (3) writing sample; and (4) contact information for
three references by June 21, 2019 in order to ensure full consideration. Applications will be accepted beyond that
date until the position is filled.
Applications should be addressed to the attention of Mr. Lynn Hartley,
Managing Attorney, via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
by June 21, 2019.
Legal Assistance of Western New York,
is an equal opportunity employer. LawNY encourages applications from diverse candidates. LawNY welcomes applications regardless
color, religion, sex, gender
orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other consideration protected by law.