SENIOR LEGAL SERVICES STAFF ATTORNEY
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal
services program, is seeking an experienced attorney to provide outreach, community legal education, advice,
brief service and legal representation to elders living in Albany County
(approximately .80 FTE) and Rensselaer County (.20fte). The position is
located in Albany, NY, the state capital, and a lively family friendly city
with a reasonable cost of living, excellent quality of life, and easy access to
major metropolitan areas as well as year-round outdoor opportunities.
Our mission is to fight for fairness, dignity, and justice for
those living in poverty and for a society which is inclusive and
equitable for all. We transform lives, build community and empower people
by using the law to address individual and systemic wrongs and inequities.
We seek an attorney who will be dedicated to our mission and will seek
justice and fairness for seniors in our community. We are skilled,
creative and compassionate advocates combining a passion to serve with the
skills and will to address both individual and systemic injustice. Our office
is a collegial and supportive workplace, encouraging and supporting staff
development. We take pride in providing holistic services to our clients with a
wide range of programs and substantive law expertise.
The Senior Legal Services Program Staff Attorney meets seniors in the
communities where they live, listens to their problems, and helps to identify
issues and possible solutions. We provide a trusted place for seniors to go for
free advice and counsel on the legal issues they face. We are an integral part of the legal and human service community and
expect this attorney to be deeply involved in the network of senior service providers in the Capital District
The Attorney will be responsible for doing outreach,
community legal education, advice, brief service and legal representation to
elders living in Albany County (approximately .80 FTE) and Rensselaer County
(.20fte). Case work for
representation to elders will include consumer issues, wills and estates,
housing, Social Security Disability, public benefits, including administrative
hearings and issues involving elder abuse, grandparents' rights, Medicare,
Medicaid, long term care, nursing homes, EPIC and guardianship.
Responsibilities include extensive off-site intake, and monthly demographic and
Qualifications: 3-8 years' prior
legal experience or equivalent. Admitted
to New York State Bar. Demonstrated
commitment to providing high quality legal services to clients in a variety of
civil matters. Possesses curiosity about
the law and is interested in or possesses substantive law knowledge of many
areas of law. Competent in and enjoys researching new legal issues. Must be
able to communicate effectively with clients and staff and work independently
and efficiently. Ability to handle and
advise on a wide variety and high volume of civil legal matters. Demonstrated understanding
of the needs of the aging population, and excellent listening, communication
and organization skills. Must be willing to make a two-year commitment to the
Legal Aid Society. Good computer skills
including accurate and quick data entry.
Must have car and clean, valid driver's license. Prior relevant legal experience, ability to
speak Spanish is a plus.
Salary: $50,184 - $63,927 DOE; excellent benefits including limited loan repayment assistance
for eligible applicants.
Closing Date: July 28, 2019
Any applications that do not have a cover letter, resume and writing
sample will not be considered.
To apply, please go to www.lasnny.org 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, LGBTQ
persons, Protected Veterans and people with disabilities are strongly
encouraged to apply.