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Posted by: Jami Waldron - 9/19/2023
Job Expires: 10/31/2023
Helpline Staff Attorney

Responsibilities: LSCNY and the Legal Aid Society of Mid New York (LASMNY) have jointly operated the CNY Legal Helpline for 20 years. The Helpline Staff Attorneys provide advice and counsel to callers on civil legal matters. Helpline client interactions occur almost exclusively over the telephone and email. If a staff attorney is available to review the matter for possible full representation and the matter is within the priorities for LSCNY or LASMNY, the Helpline Staff Attorney will facilitate referring the caller to the appropriate attorney. The Helpline is jointly staffed with Intake Legal Assistants and Staff Attorneys.

LSCNY has received funding from New York State to assist tenants facing housing instability. The attorney in this position will advise clients on housing matters such as potential eviction, tenants’ rights, and housing conditions.

Hybrid remote work is available subject to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.

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 we do. For more than 57 years, we have sought 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.

Qualifications: Candidates admitted or eligible for admission to the bar of the State of New York are preferred. Familiarity with housing and eviction defense law is strongly preferred.

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 effectively and efficiently using computers, email, and a web-based case management system.
  • 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: when filled. 

Salary/Benefits:  Starting salaries for a New York admitted attorney range from $60,000 to $90,540 depending on experience. Salaries are established by a collective bargaining agreement. We have an excellent benefits package and a generous leave policy. LSCNY pays for bar memberships, attorney registration, and training opportunities, including Mandatory Continuing Legal Education courses.  

Application:  Applications must include a 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. 



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