Staff Attorney - LAV/DV

· Bath, New York
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation DOE





Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) Bath Office has an opening for a Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault on civil legal issues, including orders of protection, custody, and support, as well as Title IX enforcement in campus sexual assault cases. The staff attorney will also provide advice and representation on other civil legal issues, such as employment and public benefits, that arise as a result of the abuse.   The position requires frequent appearances in Family Court.  The staff attorney will work as part of a team of attorneys and paralegals providing trauma-informed advocacy for survivors.  The position involves close coordination with the local domestic violence and sexual assault services agencies, as well as participation as a member of the multi-disciplinary domestic abuse response team. 

Program:  LawNY® is a not-for-profit organization which provides civil legal services to low-income clients in a 14-county region in western New York State.  The Bath office is located in the southern Finger Lakes region, and serves Steuben and Allegany Counties.  The office provides legal advice and representation in the areas of housing, public benefits, family law, employment and consumer law.  Program attorneys and paralegals work across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing issues affecting our clients and communities.

LawNY® is committed to equitable inclusion across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, sex, religion, economic circumstances, ethnicity, national origin, and culture. We are striving to transcend the construct of race and be an anti-racist law firm. We encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work each day and pledge to celebrate every aspect of who they are.

Requirements: Applicants must be admitted to the New York State Bar, eligible for admission, or qualify for a practice order.  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 18 months pursuant to a court rule.


  • Relevant legal experience and a demonstrated commitment to working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as low-income individuals and families
  • Understanding of trauma and commitment to continuous learning about trauma-informed advocacy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to timely meeting deadlines and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and community agencies
  • Ability to assist with grant reporting as needed


Salary: Salary is dependent on years of relevant experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The entry level annual salary for a newly admitted attorney with no practice experience is $51,820 and increases to $57,820 for an attorney with five years of experience. LawNY® provides an excellent benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, generous leave provisions, retirement plan, paid parental leave, and disability coverage.   This position is considered Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Procedure: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing interest and qualifications, a resume, a brief writing sample, and three (3) professional references to the attention of Ellen Rita Heidrick, Managing Attorney. The position is available immediately. All completed applications will receive full consideration until the position is filled.


Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY®) is an equal opportunity employer. LawNY® encourages applications from diverse candidates. LawNY® welcomes applications 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 Act. 



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