ATTORNEY (ITHACA, NEW YORK)
Ithaca office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) has an
opening for a Staff Attorney. Applicants should have 3 years of
experience and a working knowledge of New York State unemployment
insurance benefits. Applicants will provide assistance to disadvantaged persons
in removing barriers to employment, maintaining housing, and obtaining public
position will be full-time, with approximately 50% of the attorney's time
responsible for developing training materials for, supervising, and mentoring
undergraduate student interns in an "Engaged Cornell" project. The interns will
learn unemployment insurance benefits procedures, study the effects of
unemployment and underemployment in the local community, and conduct outreach
to other agencies providing services to disadvantaged members of the community.
Approximately 50% of the attorney's time will be dedicated to providing legal
representation to eligible clients at the administrative, trial court and
appellate levels for housing and government benefit cases.
is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low-income
clients in a fourteen county area of western New York State, including the
Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region. The Ithaca office directly serves the
residents of Tompkins and Tioga Counties. Our staff members work together
across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing
law-related issues affecting our clients and communities.
Requirements: Admission to the New York State Bar with at least three
years of experience is preferred. 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 admitted in another
jurisdiction may qualify for a practice order for up to eighteen months
pursuant to a court rule.
with the courts and agencies in Tompkins and Tioga Counties is an advantage but
not a requirement. Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing
skills and be able to communicate effectively with people from diverse
backgrounds and cultures. In addition, applicants should demonstrate a strong
commitment to helping low-income people overcome barriers to housing, medical,
and income supports.
Salary is dependent on experience
and based on a pay scale with annual increases. The entry level salary for a
Staff Attorney is $50,000, increasing to $57,500 for an attorney with 5 years
of experience. LawNY provides an excellent health and benefit package as well
as generous leave provisions.
Procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of interest,
resume, three references, and a writing sample to Kelly McGovern, Esq.,
Director of Pro Bono Affairs.
will be accepted until August 16, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled
during the week of August 19, 2019.
is an equal opportunity employer. LawNY encourages applications from
diverse candidates, and welcomes applicants regardless of race, color,
religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin,
age, disability, genetic information or any other consideration protected by
law. This position is considered exempt pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards