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Posted by: Rachel Haseley - 1/18/2021
Job Expires: 2/26/2021
Staff Attorney

Center for Elder Law & Justice is looking to fill a full-time Attorney position to work within our Medical-Legal Unit.


This position is partly remote due to COVID-19 concerns.


About CELJ:

Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) is a civil legal services organization fighting for justice, primarily for low-income older adults, in 10 counties in Western New York.  Our attorneys stop illegal evictions, save clients homes from foreclosure, put a stop to elder domestic violence, fight for public benefits, work with our local immigrant & refugee populations, and represent grandparents and other kinship care relatives in custody and neglect petitions in family court.  We also advocate for systems-wide policy changes, commenting frequently on changes to regulations and working with local elected leaders on legislation that will impact the poor and vulnerable older adults in our area.  We believe that independence and dignity are the hallmarks of justice.


Job Description:

Manage an on-site legal center at Buffalo General Medical Center; provide direct civil legal services to patient-clients. Practice areas include but are not limited to housing, consumer, substituted decision making matters, elder law, and public benefits. Consult and train medical providers to identify common legal issues, and develop collaborative working relationships with key Kaleida administrators, physicians, nurses and medical staff.


Work closely with health care providers and Kaleida’s general counsel to address complex and intractable problems facing hospital patients. Handle legal issues that are largely linked to elder law, including housing matters, employment, healthcare, and end of life planning. Maintaining strong relationships with hospital staff and general counsel is essential.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice in NYS
  • 3+ years legal experience preferred
  • Self-starter; self-motivated
  • Must enjoy a fast paced environment
  • Able to handle multiple tasks
  • Must be comfortable in a hospital setting  
  • This is not a traditional desk job; required to meet with patient’s bedside
  • Program development experience
  • Substituted decision making, wills, elder law experience, preferred
  • Communication and interpersonal skills required – must be comfortable collaborating with hospital staff
  • Public speaking (trainings)
  • Able to identify and evaluate legal issues
  • Commitment to communities we serve
  • Travel, required


To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Rachel Haseley, HR Director

CELJ is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Employer recruits without regard to sex, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and any such candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

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