Position Announcement (September 2021)
Full-Time Supervising Attorney
About Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.®
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY®) is a not-for-profit law firm providing civil legal services to low-income clients in a fourteen county area of western New York.
LawNY® was created by a merger of three regional legal service programs in 2004. The programs had long standing close relationships to the communities they served, which are maintained by our local offices. Staff works out of seven local offices and across numerous regional projects based in Bath, Elmira Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Olean and Rochester. Our advocates vigorously represent low income clients
LawNY® has been providing high quality legal representation for 53 years. While our services are always expanding, our core priorities remain focused. Our 2020 cases were closed in the following practice areas: Housing (26.8%); Income Maintenance (26%); Family Law (22.4%); Health Law (13%); Miscellaneous Benefits (including wills, advanced care documents and filing waivers) (4.8%); Consumer Law (3.4%); Employment (2.6%); Individual Rights (0.8%); and Education (0.3%) In 2020, LawNY closed a total of 4,881 cases, benefiting 10,532 New Yorkers.
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 increasingly committed to creating a law firm where race equity, diversity and cultural competency are integral components of our work, from client advocacy to internal operations. We are actively seeking applicants whose work incorporates this perspective and whose lived and professional experience contributes to sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe.
About the Ithaca Office
The Ithaca office has been serving clients in Tompkins and Tioga Counties for over 40 years. With a staff of 20+, the advocates in the Ithaca office serve individuals with substantive legal issues in the areas of housing, public benefits, unemployment, consumer debt, foreclosure, disability advocacy, elder law, re-entry, family law, and other civil legal areas that impact an individual’s income, health, and housing. Our Ithaca staff includes attorneys, paralegals, and a legal support team who work closely across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing legal issues affecting our clients and community.
Position Summary - Supervising Attorney
The Ithaca office of LawNY seeks to fill an immediate opening for a supervising attorney position in the areas of housing (landlord-tenant) and homelessness prevention.We encourage applicants with a wide range of substantive legal experience to apply. We expect those that fill this position to grow and adapt their practice to the needs of the community and the organization, and place an emphasis on supervision skills and the ability to practice in multiple forums. The applicant must have the caring, patience, and emotional maturity to help low-income people overcome crisis situations.
The Supervising Attorney provides leadership and supervision in comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in LawNY® priority areas in accordance with LawNY® program guidelines. The ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of the intersection of these legal issues with racial justice. Supervisors play a critical role in realizing LawNY’s DEI vision. Every supervisor is expected to actively engage in learning and becoming increasingly skilled in supervision that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.
This position reports to the Managing Attorney of the Ithaca office.
Responsibilities These are the most significant responsibilities and primary functions of the position.
Qualifications These are the basic qualifications for the position.
Additional Traits and Skills These are the traits, attributes, attitudes, and skills that speak to the candidate’s ability to succeed in the position. While no one candidate will possess all of the qualities listed, the ideal candidate will have many of these qualities. LawNY® encourages each candidate to think about their own personal knowledge, skills, and experience, as well professional skills and experience, in relation to this list of traits and skills.
Start Date & Application Timeframe
This position is available immediately. Applications for this position will be accepted until September 24, 2021. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been received on our HR platform.
Salary is set on a standardized organizational salary scale based on years of job experience. Upon job offer, candidates are asked to complete a form describing years of direct and comparable experience. Human Resources and the Executive Director review the form and provide the candidate with a proposed salary placement. The candidate may review and suggest alternate placement. The salary scale intends to mitigate bias. LawNY® conducts an annual equity audit to compare salary placement with staff demographics.
The beginning salary for a Supervising Attorney with five years of legal services experience is $61,500, as per the LawNY® salary scale.
LawNY® provides an excellent package of fringe benefits including health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance as well as generous leave provisions.
To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and three references through LawNY®’s BambooHR platform, here. Please include the [last name] [firstname] [position sought] in the name of your documents. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been received by our HR platform.
To promote social justice and achieve our mission, LawNY® is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace. In your cover letter, please explain how you think your lived and/or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Questions? Contact Brenda Thompson, Human Resources Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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