Elder Justice Program Fellowship (September 2021)
Equal Justice Works Elder Justice Program
Based at Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.®
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) is hosting a full-time Fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works to focus on assisting elderly victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The Fellow will be housed at LawNY’s Rochester, NY office. Pursuant to Equal Justice Works guidelines, the selected Fellows’ term of service may begin immediately and is scheduled to end August 12, 2022 with a possibility of a 2-month extension.
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) is a not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to eligible clients in civil cases through seven regional offices covering a fourteen-county area in Western New York. LawNY receives funding from the New York State Office of Court Administration, Legal Services Corporation, Interest on Lawyer Account (IOLA) Fund of the State of New York, AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works and a number of other funders. Our workforce includes approximately 150 attorneys, paralegals and support staff. The Equal Justice Works Elder Justice Program mobilizes 22 Fellows across the country to address the gap in civil legal services for victims of elder abuse and exploitation, with a special emphasis in serving rural communities. Fellows serve at legal services organizations where they work with victims of elder abuse and exploitation to enforce their rights and address wide-ranging civil legal issues, such as financial exploitation, housing, protection orders, guardianship, and public benefits, and make referrals to other supportive services. Fellows are part of a nationwide cohort aimed at increasing coordinated, multidisciplinary responses to the victimization of older adults. Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. has been competitively selected by Equal Justice Works as an implementing partner of Equal Justice Works’ Elder Justice Program (EJP). EJP is a national, professional fellowship program for attorneys designed to increase access to legal assistance for older victims of crime. This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2019-V3-GXK033.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
The Equal Justice Works Elder Justice Program Legal Fellow will: Provide high quality legal services to older adults who have been victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. In most instances, this will involve conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews and researching the relevant law. Build key stakeholder relationships and support multidisciplinary teams of social workers, medical professionals, and law enforcement. Provide know your rights sessions at senior centers, nursing homes, assisted living communities, and other community-based settings. Recruit and train pro bono attorneys, through new and existing programs affiliated with the host sites. Collect data on the nature of the abuse and the services provided, including the indicia of abuse, the legal issue for which the client is receiving services, and the identity of the alleged perpetrators of abuse. Actively contribute to and participate in Elder Justice Program cohort activities (resource exchanges; mandatory webinars and conference calls; and trainings including the upcoming Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training).
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
Admitted to practice in New York State
A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients
Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
The ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts
Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience
A valid driver’s license
Prior experience regarding elder law issues a strong plus
COMPENSATION AND OTHER BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with experience (LawNY’s starting salary for a newly admitted attorney with no relevant experience is $50,000). LawNY offers an excellent fringe benefits package including health insurance (medical, dental, vision, Rx), disability insurance, life insurance, a 403(b) plan, and generous vacation and sick leave.
Please send a letter of interest, resume, a list of three (3) references with email addresses and telephone numbers, and a legal writing sample to Lori M. O’Brien, Esq., Deputy Director, via the BambooHR application portal. Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.
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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