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Posted by: Donna Picarro - 6/15/2020
Job Expires: 6/30/2020
Staff Attorney



Position: Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. will hire several staff attorneys. The positions will be located in Syracuse, Binghamton, or Utica.

Background: Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY) is committed to achieving justice for low-income people and those who have difficulty accessing the justice system. For more than 50 years, LSCNY has represented clients in housing, income security, employment, access to health care, education, and individual rights matters.

We serve our clients from seven offices in a 13-county region. Central New York is a mix of urban, suburban, and rural communities. The area offers many educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

We are deeply committed to principles of anti-racism and race equity in all that we do. We seek to make a difference in clients’ lives and their communities by eliminating the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ access to economic mobility. We continually search for ways to improve the lives of our clients and their communities by creating new projects such as the Faith Seidenberg Racial Justice Initiative, the Community Counsel Project, and a re-entry project in collaboration with the Onondaga County Assigned Counsel Program (criminal).

Responsibilities: Staff attorneys engage in comprehensive legal representation including advice, negotiation, litigation, and administrative and legislative advocacy. We represent individuals and engage in broad-based impact advocacy. Attorneys collaborate in teams led by an experienced supervisor. Attorneys conduct community outreach and work to build partnerships with local community organizations.


  • Admitted or eligible for admission to the bar of the State of New York.
  • One or more years of experience preferred, but we consider and do hire recent law school graduates.
  • Experience or interest in housing or employment law is a plus.
  • A demonstrated commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to low-income and under-served populations.
  • A demonstrated commitment to race equity, anti-racism, and economic justice in the workplace and in providing legal services.
  • Excellent analytical, legal writing, and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Bilingual or multi-lingual is a plus.

Closing date:  Closing date for applications is June 30, 2020 or when filled.

Salary/Benefits:  Starting salary for a New York admitted attorney is from $46,750 to $74,750, depending on relevant experience. We have an excellent benefit package and a generous leave policy. LSCNY pays for bar memberships, attorney registration, and training opportunities, including Mandatory Continuing Legal Education courses.

Application:  Your application must include cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references.

Director of Human Resources

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.

221 South Warren Street, Suite 300

Syracuse, New York 13202



Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in hiring, retaining, and promoting so we can be more creative, effective, and just, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents, and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice. We do not discriminate against applicants or employees based on any status protected by law and accept, respect, and value differences that include attributes such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities, language, socioeconomic status, marital and parental status, national origin, immigration status, and cultural background. We strongly encourage individuals with historically marginalized identities to apply.



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