Staff Attorney - Elder Law

· Rochester, New York
Employment Type Full-Time
Compensation DOE



The Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY®) Rochester Office has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney at its office located in downtown Rochester.  LawNY® is funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation and provides free legal services to low-income families and individuals. The Rochester Office’s primary practice areas are civil rights, housing, public benefits, health law, employment, and elder law.  Our 50 member staff includes attorneys, paralegals, and an administrative team who work closely across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing law related issues affecting our clients and community. The Rochester office has an opening in its Populations based programming for a staff attorney, specializing in legal assistance to Older Adults. The initial focus will be providing elder law services to patient-clients through LawNY’s Medical Legal Project.

Populations Team: This Team focuses on helping low-income people within vulnerable populations receive holistic legal services. The position will focus primarily on the needs of low-income older adults. This is a general practice position and will include assisting individuals in landlord/tenant matters, public housing, public benefits, wills and advanced care directives, rights of nursing home residents, social security, SSI & SSD issues, consumer law, and Medicare/Medicaid matters.  

The applicant must have the caring, patience, and emotional maturity to help low-income people overcome crisis situations. The position also requires interaction and relationship-building with grassroots groups, community organizations, and social agencies. Working with other LawNY staff members and the community, they will develop strategies, including affirmative litigation, to address systemic problems that adversely impact low-income people. LawNY is committed to equitable inclusion across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, sex, religion, economic circumstances, ethnicity, national origin, and culture. 

Program: LawNY is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low income clients in a fourteen-county region in western New York State. LawNY staff work in a cooperative environment and all staff members are expected to assist other staff members to achieve the general purposes of our program.


  • Admission to the New York State Bar is required. Applicants pending admission or attorneys admitted in another jurisdiction that qualify for a practice order for up to eighteen months pursuant to a court rule will be considered.
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to work under deadlines and manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including a commitment to providing trauma-informed services.
  • Dedication to serving all clients.
  • Significant commitment, skills, and experience in mentoring and training less-experienced attorneys, paralegals and other staff.
  • Willingness to support staff in their pursuit of career advancement and professional development. 
  • Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.

Preferred Skills:

  • Litigation and advocacy experience in court and/or administrative forums.
  • Prior legal experience with low-income and other oppressed communities and clients.
  • Passion for social justice and commitment to the mission of LawNY.
  • Lived experience with our client communities is highly desired.
  • Ability to use Google Drive/GSuite, Word, and Excel; database programs a plus.

Applicants also must have excellent advocacy and writing skills, and must be able to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  Most importantly, applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping low-income and disadvantaged people overcome barriers to housing, medical and income support.  Preference will be given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and English. 

Salary/Fringe Benefits: Salary is dependent upon experience. The candidate will be placed on the LawNY® salary scale based upon their level of relevant experience. The salary for admitted attorneys with three years of experience is $54,500 per year. Fringe benefits include health, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability and generous leave time. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. 


Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, three references, and a writing sample to Lori M. O’Brien, Deputy Director. For full consideration please apply by September 7, 2021. 

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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  • Location
    Rochester, New York
  • Employment Type
  • Compensation