LEGAL ASSISTANCE OF WESTERN NEW YORK, INC.
FULL-TIME STAFF ATTORNEY - HOUSING LAW UNIT (2 positions)
GENEVA, NEW YORK
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
The Geneva office of LawNY seeks to fill an immediate opening for two Staff attorney positions. One available position is in the housing law Unit, which focuses specifically on: foreclosure; bankruptcy; landlord-tenant; homelessness prevention; fair housing; and government benefits. Another available position is in the family law unit, which focuses on representing parents in Family court matters, specifically: custody and visitation, family offense, abuse and neglect, and child support violation proceedings.
We encourage applicants with a wide range of substantive legal experience to apply. We expect those who fill this position will grow and adapt their practice to the needs of the community and the organization, and place an emphasis on litigation and advocacy 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 Staff Attorney provides 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. Each member of LawNY’s staff plays a critical role in realizing LawNY’s vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
This position reports to the Supervising Attorney of the Housing Unit or the Family Law Unit in the Geneva 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 as professional skills and experience, in relation to this list of traits and skills.
Start Date & Application Timeframe
Applications will be considered until all positions are filled. 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 an offer is made.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The salary for a Staff Attorney with five years of legal services experience is $65,500per year. We provide a superlative package of fringe benefits including:
We also provide a very generous leave package including, in the first year of employment, four weeks of vacation, 12 sick days, 5 personal days, and 2 floating holidays. New parents receive 20 days of paid new parent leave.
LawNY is a qualifying public service loan forgiveness employer and a participant in the LSC loan repayment assistance program.
To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and three references through LawNY’s BambooHR platform, here.
This position is considered Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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