Legal Jobs In Rochester and Western New York

Trademark Associate in our Rochester or Buffalo, NY Office - Nixon Peabody LLP (posted 1/18/18)

We are seeking a highly motivated associate to join our Intellectual Property Counseling & Transactions Practice Group in our Rochester, NY or Buffalo, NY office.

The ideal candidate will have approximately five to eight years of trademark experience in prosecution, enforcement, brand and portfolio management and litigation services. Qualified candidates will be motivated self-starters with stellar academic credentials, superb judgment and communication skills, a commitment to excellence and have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

At Nixon Peabody, our priority is to attract, retain and promote talented individuals who have an array of racial, ethnic, social, economic, religious, professional, personal, and other backgrounds.  Therefore, we encourage talented individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

The attorneys in our Intellectual Property Counseling & Transactions Practice Group work closely with clients to develop a strategic approach to managing, growing, and protecting their brands and ensure that successful brand management and global enforcement programs are in place before any marks are launched.   Our team also foresees issues and provides forward-thinking advice designed to prevent disputes. Of course, if the need for litigation arises, we get into the trenches with our clients and vigorously represent their interests regardless of the forum or jurisdiction.

To learn more, or to apply online, please visit our website at

Nixon Peabody LLP is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Disability / Female / Gender Identity / Minority / Sexual Orientation / Veteran.

Immigrants Rights' and Family Preparedness Progam Fellowship, VLSP (posted 1/8/18)

Employment Type: Full-Time
Minimum Experience:
Fellowship: Equal Justice Works Americorps Fellow, New York State Family Security Project 
Location: Rochester, New York
Organization: Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc.
Volunteer Legal Services Project (VLSP) is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works designed to foster family security and community education through the provision of legal immigration services. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at VLSP’s office at 1 West Main St. in Rochester, New York.
Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the fellowship must begin no later than February, 1, 2018. The position is a one-year fellowship, with a possible one-year extension contingent upon continued AmeriCorps funding.
VLSP was organized in 1981 to improve the quality of life of low-income people in Monroe County by ensuring the existence of a readily available panel of skilled volunteer attorneys to resolve serious civil legal problems of the indigent. VLSP serves the refugee population by providing free legal advice and pro bono representation to low-income Western New York residents in a variety of immigration applications such as, but not limited to, naturalization, legal permanent residence, Violence Against Women Act petitions, asylum, and Special Immigrant Juvenile status. VLSP also serves the undocumented farmworker community in Monroe, Genesee, Wayne, Ontario, Orleans, Livingston, Yates, Wyoming, and Cayuga Counties in Western New York by organizing rural clinics that are accessible to the farmworker community. VLSP’s clinics, run in collaboration with Worker Justice Center and Cornell Farmworker Program, assist farmworker parents with education about their rights, and develop Family Preparedness Plans for their children and property in the event of detention/removal.
Fellowship Description:
The Equal Justice Works New York State Family Security Project Legal Fellow will engage a variety of stakeholders in implementing the project, including partner agencies, volunteer attorneys, and clients and their families. The Fellow will be responsible for developing/maintaining successful collaborations with refugee-service and farmworker agencies, including drafting of legal intake forms and procedures, and organizing rural clinics. The Fellow will screen clients for eligibility and immigration relief, and provide legal assistance and brief advice as needed to area refugee and undocumented workers. The attorney will also recruit, train, and support volunteer attorneys to represent clients in a variety of matters, including, but not limited to naturalization, legal permanent residence, violence against women act petitions, asylum and special immigrant juvenile status.  
  • Admission (or pending admission) to the New York State Bar
  • The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks (only conviction for murder and presence on sex offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal convictions are allowable under Equal Justice Works review and approval)
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients and/or immigrants
  • 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 plus 
  • The ability to begin the fellowship no later than February 1, 2018
  • Those with experience in regards to immigration issues strongly encouraged to apply 
  • Bilingual (especially Spanish-speaking) candidates strongly encouraged to apply
  • Willingness to attend a mandatory substantive immigration law training in New York City in February 2018, as well as the mandatory Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington, DC in October 2018 (Note that travel costs for these training will be covered by Equal Justice Works)
Salary and benefits:
The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance, as well as financial support for housing, student loan repayment, and other permissible reimbursable living expenses in accordance with Equal Justice Works compensation scale. Additionally, VLSP will provide health insurance and parking reimbursement. Other benefits offered by AmeriCorps include student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment upon successful completion of service, and the opportunity to attend national training focused on leadership, networking, and project development sponsored by Equal Justice Works. Child care assistance may be available if income eligible.
Application Instructions:
Please respond with your Resume, Cover Letter, References, and Writing Sample via email to Ms. Vasanthi Pillai at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than February 1, 2018.

AMERICORPOS JD PROGRAM - New York State Family Security Project, The Legal Aid Society of Rochester (posted 12/5/17)

AGENCY DESCRIPTION: Our Immigration Unit provides legal representation, advice, and information to non-citizen community members and their families. We seek to vigorously defend the individual rights of our clients and ensure that they are treated with dignity, equality and respect.

POSITION SUMMARY: The New York State Family Security Project will engage 106 law students to serve as AmeriCorps members around the state of New York who are focused on fostering family security and community education through the delivery of high-quality legal services.

AmeriCorps JD: New York State Family Security Project

New York State Family Security Project law student members will improve family stability and community safety in the state of New York. Law student members serving at organizations that host Equal Justice Works New York State Family Security Project Legal Fellows will focus specifically on assisting the Fellows with representing clients in immigration court and before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), screening clients and preparing immigration applications, providing brief legal advice and legal aid, educating the community on the impact of evolving immigration law and policy, and engaging pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to immigrants and their families.

Attitude and General Responsibilities

·         Support program staff, your supervisor, and administrative staff in duties as appropriate and necessary.

·         Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.

·         Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position requirements.

·         Respect confidentiality of clients, staff, and other AmeriCorps members.

Program leadership

·         Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement.

·         Assist AmeriCorps members and staff in programming and activities

·         Train and assist volunteers when appropriate. 

Program-specific duties

·         Meet with potential clients to assess legal needs

·         Research legal issues and prepare memoranda for attorneys

·         Assist clients with collection of evidence in support of applications for immigration relief

·         Assist attorneys with preparation of applications for immigration relief

·         Provide community education regarding the challenges faced by individuals in the immigration system

Citizenship training and responsibilities

·         Participate in AmeriCorps training and national service events as required and requested by the New York State Commission

Program training

·         Participate in orientation training.

·         Participate in substantive legal issue training as provided by Equal Justice Works

Skill requirements:  Strong analytical, written and oral advocacy, and organizational, skills are necessary for this position, as well as the ability to multi-task. We are looking for a candidate who respects and can be considerate too, low-income clients. The candidate must be computer literate and able to work with the office’s online case management system. Prior immigration experience is strongly preferred.

Program Benefits: The New York State Family Security Project AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award of $1,252 that can be used to pay educational expenses or student loans.  Students may seek up to $4,399 in additional compensation for their service, for a total of up to $5,651 in compensation.  The $4,399 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and other public interest fellowship award.  Also, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income. 

Students must complete 300 hours of service and complete these hours by September 1, 2018, unless prior approval is given by Equal Justice Works. Requirements to serve to include completion of a National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI Fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

LOCATIONS: 1 West Main St.  Suite 800 Rochester, New York 14614

TO APPLY:  Please respond with your Resume, Cover Letter, References, and Writing Sample to Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Attention HR, 1 West Main Street, Suite 800, Rochester, NY 14614 or

Please respond no later than March 1, 2018. Your cover letter should refer to the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than June 1, 2018. 

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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