POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT STAFF ATTORNEY LEGAL SERVICES OF CENTRAL NEW YORK, INC. (LSCNY)
Position: Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. will hire a staff attorney for the Binghamton office. The position will begin in January 2021.
Responsibilities: LSCNY has obtained a one-year grant to provide eviction defense and prevention legal services in Broome County, New York. The staff attorney will represent tenants in the Binghamton City Court and the Town and Village Courts in Broome County. The attorney will also counsel and advise tenants on their rights under state and federal law, conduct community outreach, and work to build partnerships with local community organizations. Additionally, the attorney will support eviction defense work by pro bono lawyers through a project with the Legal Aid Society of Mid New York, funded by the N.Y.S. Attorney General. The attorney will work as part of a team led by an experienced supervisor.
Currently, this position is funded for the calendar year 2021, but we will seek addition funding beyond 2021.
Our Organization: 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. We are deeply committed to principles of anti-racism and race equity in all that we do. For more than 54 years, LSCNY has represented clients in housing, income security, employment, access to health care, education, and individual rights matters. 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 help people improve their lives and communities.
Qualification: Because the core responsibility of this position is eviction defense in court, applicants must be admitted or eligible for immediate admission to the bar of the State of New York. Attributes of a successful candidate are:
- A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to low-income and under-served populations.
- A commitment to race equity, anti-racism, and economic justice in the workplace and in providing legal services.
- Analytical, legal writing, and advocacy skills.
- Organizational and interpersonal skills.
- The ability to work independently and collaboratively.
- The ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Bilingual or multi-lingual is a plus.
Opportunities for Professional Development: LSCNY is committed to creating opportunities for development and career advancement. We invest in skills, substantive law, and leadership training for our staff. We encourage attorneys to become active in the state and local bar associations and local community organizations.
Closing date: Closing date for applications is January 5, 2021 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. LSCNY invites applicants to include in their cover letter a statement of how your unique background and experience might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.
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 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 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.