POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT (May 2019)
STAFF ATTORNEY (JAMESTOWN,
The Jamestown office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) has an
immediate opening for a Staff Attorney. This position provides an exciting
opportunity to advocate on behalf of clients on a variety of poverty
law-related issues including:
landlord/tenant, fair housing, foreclosure due to delinquency on
mortgages or property taxes, low-income homeowner issues, federal and state
housing programs, code enforcement, mobile homes, redevelopment and land use,
homelessness, TANF/Safety Net, SNAP, bankruptcy, consumer issues, and the
intersection of all these issues with racial justice.
The attorney hired for this position should be prepared to
work in a variety of legal settings, including but not limited to: litigation in various levels of New York
state and federal courts, appellate practice, bankruptcy practice, mediations
and negotiations, transactional work and administrative law hearings. Working with other LawNY staff members and the community,
the attorney will help develop strategies, including affirmative litigation, to
address individual and systemic problems that adversely impact low-income and
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
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: email@example.com
by June 21, 2019.
Assistance of Western New York, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. LawNY encourages applications from diverse candidates. LawNY welcomes applications regardless
of race, color, religion, sex, gender
orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other consideration protected by law.