Staff Attorney - Elder Law

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



Full-Time Elder Law Staff 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 work 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 Geneva Office

The Geneva office serves residents of Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates Counties. LawNY’s Geneva office has been serving clients in Western New York for over 40 years.  With a staff of more than 30, the advocates in the Geneva office serve individuals with substantive legal issues in the areas of housing, public benefits, unemployment, consumer debt, foreclosure, disability advocacy, elder law, family law, and other civil legal areas that impact an individual’s income, health, and housing. Our Geneva 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 - Staff Attorney, Elder Law

The elder law attorney will join our team of advocates who handle matters referred by our local Offices for the Aging. The attorney will work with clients in the following areas: estate planning; estate administration; Power of Attorney and Advance Medical Directive planning; Medicaid planning and advocacy; Social Security Administration advocacy; housing and nursing home advocacy; elder abuse; consumer law; and other legal matters critical to aging adults. The ideal candidate will develop relationships with local funders and stakeholders, conduct outreach and capacity building presentations, and manage legal clinics.


Qualifications These are the basic qualifications for the position.


  • Admitted to practice and in good standing in New York State, eligible for admission without examination, or willing to take the next available Bar examination.
  • 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.


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.


  • 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.
  • True fluency in a language other than English that is spoken by our clients.
  • Ability to work under deadlines and manage multiple tasks.


Applicants must have excellent advocacy and writing skills, and 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.

Start Date & Application Timeframe

For full consideration please apply as soon as possible. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been received on our HR platform. LawNY will contact you to inform you whether you have been offered an interview.


This Position starts as soon as possible after offers are made, with a target start date of October 16, 2021. If no qualified candidates are identified in this timeframe, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.



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.



LawNY provides an excellent package of fringe benefits including health, dental, vision, disability and life insurance as well as generous leave provisions.


Application Instructions

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and three references through LawNY’s BambooHR platform. 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.



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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