Paralegal - Volunteer Legal Servies Project - Rochester (Posted 6/10/19)

Job Summary

Provides support to staff attorneys for programs serving low income clients in VLSP’s immigration, consumer and family law practice. Provides online, telephone, and in person intake coverage to gather client and case information. Provide backup support to other staff paralegals in the office and at our Help Centers. Requires excellent attention to detail, including the ability to record information accurately, produce reports, and evaluate information to determine compliance for agency programs and funders. Participation in community outreach events including preparation of program promotional materials. Ability to work in a community setting when legal services are provided outside of the office.  Assists with preparation of Continuing Legal Education seminars for attorneys.

Qualifications and Skills

Education/Experience/Abilities: College education preferred. Experience working with low income, historically marginalized communities and/or immigrants is desired. Must have a professional demeanor, ability to work independently and excellent attention to detail and accuracy. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous database management experience helpful. Ability to document information accurately, prepare database reports, and evaluate information to determine compliance with program standards. Ability to work under pressure and provide a high level of client care. Excellent administrative and organizational skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information. Must be able to adapt to changing priorities, job assignments, and working conditions.  Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

To apply for this position, email a cover letter, resume and business references to jobs@vlsprochester.org.  Position open until filled. No telephone calls please.

https://www.vlsprochester.org/careers

Salary commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is offered.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage responses from candidates of color, ethnic minorities, disabled individuals, veterans, and LGBTQ persons.

Job Type: Full-time

 

Victim Rights Paralegal - LawNY - Elmira (Posted 6/3/19)

The Elmira office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an opening for a part time Paralegal who will work as part of a project to provide civil legal services to victims of crime, including survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The Paralegal will work under the supervision of project staff attorneys providing civil legal help for victims on a range of issues, including orders of protection, custody, support, housing, public benefits, employment, health, education and consumer law, as well as victims’ rights enforcement.  Duties will include maintaining contact with clients, assisting in gathering documentation and evidence, conducting legal research, drafting correspondence and pleadings, attending meetings and court appearances, and assisting with grant reporting.  The project will involve close coordination with the local domestic violence and sexual assault services agencies, as well as with the New York Crime Victims Legal Network and is funded by a grant from the New York State Office of Victim Services. 

Program:  Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low-income clients in a fourteen county area of western New York including the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region. Our staff work closely across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing law-related issues affecting our clients and communities. The Elmira office serves residents of Chemung and Schuyler Counties.

Requirements: A college degree and/or a combination of education and relevant work experience is required.  Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to working with victims of crime, excellent oral and written communication skills, and superior organizational skills.

Salary: Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The entry level salary for a Paralegal is $30,000 increasing to $34,000 for a paralegal with five years’ experience. LawNY® has an excellent health and benefit package as well as generous leave provisions. It is anticipated that this position will be part-time, approximately (20) hours per week and the salary will be pro-rated accordingly.  LawNY® has an excellent health and benefit package as well as generous leave provisions.   The salary and benefits will be pro-rated due to the part time nature of this position. 

Procedure:  Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter describing their interest and qualifications, (2) resume, and (3) three references to the attention of Mr. Thomas Dubel, Deputy Director via email to: lawnyapplications@lawny.org by June 21, 2019.

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 non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

Disability Advocacy Project Attorney - LawNY - Jamestown (Posted 6/3/19)

The Jamestown office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an opening for a Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation to low-income clients who have been denied Social Security Disability and SSI benefits. Responsibilities will include interviewing clients, reviewing Social Security files, representing clients at administrative hearings and on appeals to the Appeals Council and U.S. District Court. The attorney will also participate in a Disability Advocacy Program, which provides excellent training and an opportunity to share strategies with advocates from throughout western New York.  The attorney will be responsible for complying with grant reporting requirements. 

Program: LawNY® is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low-income clients in a 14-county region in western New York State. The Jamestown office provides services to Chautauqua County. The office provides legal advice and representation in the areas of housing, public benefits, family law, employment and consumer law. Program attorneys and paralegals work across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing issues affecting our clients and communities.  LawNY® focuses on meeting the legal needs of individual clients, as well as addressing systemic problems that create barriers for clients living in poverty.

Requirements:  Applicants should have relevant legal experience, a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income individuals, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.  Law school graduates who have taken the first available New York State Bar Examination following completion of law school may qualify for a practice order pending admission to the New York State bar pursuant to the LawNY® practice order.  Attorneys in another jurisdiction may qualify for a practice order for up to (18) months pursuant to court rule.

Salary:  Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The entry level salary for a Staff Attorney is $50,000 increasing to $56,000 for an attorney with five years’ experience. LawNY® provides an excellent health and benefit package as well as generous leave provisions. This position is considered Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Procedure: Applicants should submit:  (1) a cover letter describing interest and qualifications; (2) resume; (3) writing sample; and (4) contact information for three references by June 21, 2019 in order to ensure full consideration.  Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled.  Applications should be addressed to the attention of Mr. Lynn Hartley, Managing Attorney, via email to: lawnyapplications@lawny.org by June 21, 2019.

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.®  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.

 

Staff Attorney - LawNY - Jamestown (Posted 6/3/19)

The Jamestown office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. ® (LawNY®) has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney.  This position provides an exciting opportunity to advocate on behalf of clients on a variety of poverty law-related issues including:  landlord/tenant, fair housing, foreclosure due to delinquency on mortgages or property taxes, low-income homeowner issues, federal and state housing programs, code enforcement, mobile homes, redevelopment and land use, homelessness, TANF/Safety Net, SNAP, bankruptcy, consumer issues, and the intersection of all these issues with racial justice.

The attorney hired for this position should be prepared to work in a variety of legal settings, including but not limited to:  litigation in various levels of New York state and federal courts, appellate practice, bankruptcy practice, mediations and negotiations, transactional work and administrative law hearings.  Working with other LawNY® staff members and the community, the attorney will help develop strategies, including affirmative litigation, to address individual and systemic problems that adversely impact low-income and marginalized persons.

Program: LawNY® is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low-income clients in a 14-county region in western New York State. The Jamestown office provides services to Chautauqua County.  The office provides legal advice and representation in the areas of housing, public benefits, family law, employment and consumer law.  Program attorneys and paralegals work across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing issues affecting our clients and communities.   LawNY® focuses on meeting the legal needs of individual clients, as well as addressing systemic problems that create barriers for clients living in poverty.

Requirements:  Applicants should have relevant legal experience, a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income individuals, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.  Law school graduates who have taken the first available New York State Bar Examination following completion of law school may qualify for a practice order pending admission to the New York State bar pursuant to the LawNY® practice order.  Attorneys in another jurisdiction may qualify for a practice order for up to (18) months pursuant to court rule.

Salary:   Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The entry level salary for a Staff Attorney is $50,000 increasing to $56,000 for an attorney with five years’ experience. LawNY® provides an excellent health and benefit package as well as generous leave provisions.  This position is considered Exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Procedure:  Applicants should submit:  (1) a cover letter describing interest and qualifications; (2) resume; (3) writing sample; and (4) contact information for three references by June 21, 2019 in order to ensure full consideration.  Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled.  Applications should be addressed to the attention of Mr. Lynn Hartley, Managing Attorney, via email to: lawnyapplications@lawny.org by June 21, 2019.

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® 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.

 

Victim Rights Paralegal - LawNY - Jamestown (Posted 6/3/19)

The Jamestown office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an opening for a Paralegal who will work as part of a project to provide civil legal services to victims of crime, including survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Paralegal will work under the supervision of project attorneys providing civil legal help for victims on a range of issues, including orders of protection, custody, support, housing, public benefits, employment, health, education and consumer law, as well as victims’ rights enforcement. Duties will include maintaining contact with clients, assisting in gathering documentation and evidence, conducting legal research, drafting correspondence and pleadings, attending meetings and court appearances, and assisting with grant reporting. The project will involve close coordination with the local domestic violence and sexual assault services agencies, as well as with the New York Crime Victims Legal Network and is funded by a grant from the New York State Office of Victim Services.

Program: LawNY® is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low-income clients in a 14-county region in western New York State. The Jamestown office provides services to Chautauqua County. The office provides legal advice and representation in the areas of housing, public benefits, family law, employment and consumer law. Program attorneys and paralegals work across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing issues affecting our clients and communities.

Requirements:  A college degree and/or a combination of education and relevant work experience is required. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to working with victims of crime, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary:  Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The entry level salary for a Paralegal is $30,000 increasing to $34,000 for a paralegal with five years’ experience. LawNY® provides an excellent health and benefit package as well as generous leave provisions. This position is considered Non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Procedure:  Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter describing interest and qualifications, (2) resume, and (3) three references to the attention of Mr. Lynn Hartley, Managing Attorney, via email to: lawnyapplications@lawny.org by June 14, 2019.

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® 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.

 

Staff Attoryney Housing - LawNY - Geneva (Posted 6/3/19)

The Geneva office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney to join our Housing Unit.  This position provides an exciting opportunity to advocate on behalf of clients on a variety of poverty law-related issues including:  landlord/tenant, fair housing, foreclosure due to delinquency on mortgages or property taxes, low-income homeowner issues, federal and state housing programs, code enforcement, mobile homes, redevelopment and land use, homelessness, TANF/Safety Net, SNAP, bankruptcy, consumer issues, and the intersection of all these issues with racial justice.

The attorney hired for this position should be prepared to work in a variety of legal settings, including but not limited to litigation in various levels of New York state and federal courts, appellate practice, bankruptcy practice, mediations and negotiations, transactional work and administrative law hearings. Working with other LawNY® staff members and the community, the attorney will help develop strategies, including affirmative litigation, to address individual and systemic problems that adversely impact low-income and marginalized persons.

Program:  Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) is a not-for-profit law firm which works to eliminate barriers to justice by providing civil legal services to low-income clients in a fourteen-county region in the Finger Lakes and western New York State. The Geneva office serves five of those fourteen counties (Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates) and provides representation primarily in the areas of housing, family law, government benefits, elder law, education, civil rights and consumer law.  We work to achieve individual and systemic change through litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership with community organizations. Our 30 member Geneva staff includes attorneys, paralegals, and a legal support team who work closely across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing law related issues affecting our clients and communities.

Requirements:  Applicants should have relevant legal experience and a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income individuals and families, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.  Law school graduates who have taken the first available New York State Bar examination following completion of law school may qualify for a practice order pending admission to the New York State Bar pursuant to the LawNY® practice order.  Fluency in Spanish is a preference but not a requirement.

Salary:  Salary is competitive and dependent on years of relevant experience. The entry level annual salary for a newly admitted attorney with no practice experience is $50,000 and increases to $56,000 for an attorney with five years of experience.  LawNY® provides an excellent benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, generous leave provisions, retirement plan, paid parental leave, disability coverage, a flexible and accommodating work schedule, and numerous opportunities for professional development and other benefits.

Procedure:  Applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter describing qualifications; 2) resume; 3) the name and contact information of three references and 4) a legal writing sample by June 17, 2019 to ensure full consideration.   Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled.  Applications should be sent to the attention of Managing Attorney, Kate Woods, via email to:  lawnyapplications@lawny.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 under the FLSA.

 

Staff Attorney OVS - LawNY - Geneva (Posted 6/3/19)

The Geneva office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney to join our Office of Victim Services project, which is a holistic legal services partnership with Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (VRC).  This position provides an exciting opportunity to advocate on behalf of clients who are victims of crime. This position will be co-located at the VRC offices in Newark, NY the LawNY® offices in Geneva. The main area of practice for this position will be family law but there will also be opportunities to assist clients with housing, public benefits, and U Visa applications.

Program:  Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) is a not-for-profit law firm which works to eliminate barriers to justice by providing civil legal services to low-income clients in a fourteen-county region in the Finger Lakes and western New York State. The Geneva office serves five of those fourteen counties (Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates) and provides representation primarily in the areas of housing, family law, government benefits, elder law, education, civil rights and consumer law.  We work to achieve individual and systemic change through litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership with community organizations. Our 30 member Geneva staff includes attorneys, paralegals, and a legal support team who work closely across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing law related issues affecting our clients and communities.

Requirements:  Applicants should have relevant legal experience and a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income individuals and families, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.  Law school graduates who have taken the first available New York State Bar examination following completion of law school may qualify for a practice order pending admission to the New York State Bar pursuant to the LawNY® practice order.  Fluency in Spanish is a preference but not a requirement.

Salary:  Salary is competitive and dependent on years of relevant experience. The entry level annual salary for a newly admitted attorney with no practice experience is $50,000 and increases to $56,000 for an attorney with five years of experience.  LawNY® provides an excellent benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, generous leave provisions, retirement plan, paid parental leave, disability coverage, a flexible and accommodating work schedule, and numerous opportunities for professional development and other benefits.

Procedure:  Applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter describing qualifications; 2) resume; 3) the name and contact information for three references and 4) a legal writing sample by June 17, 2019 to ensure full consideration.   Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled.  Applications should be sent to the attention of Managing Attorney, Kate Woods, via email to:  lawnyapplications@lawny.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 under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

Paralegal - Volunteer Legal Services Project - Rochester (Posted 5/29/19)

Job Summary

Provides support to staff attorney for programs serving persons living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ persons, older adults, and disabled individuals. Provides online, telephone, and in person intake coverage to gather client and case information. Provide backup support to other staff paralegals in office and at our Help Centers. Requires excellent attention to detail including the ability to record information accurately, produce reports, and evaluate information to determine compliance for agency programs and funders. Participation in community outreach events including preparation of program promotional materials. Ability to work in a community setting when legal services are provided outside of the office.

Qualifications and Skills

Education/Experience/Abilities : College education preferred. Experience working with low income and historically marginalized communities is desired. Must have professional demeanor, ability to work independently with little or no supervision, and excellent attention to detail and accuracy. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Previous database management experience helpful. Ability to document information accurately, prepare database reports, and evaluate information to determine compliance with program standards. Ability to work under pressure and provide a high level of client care. Excellent administrative and organizational skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information. Must be able to adapt to changing priorities, job assignments, and working conditions.

To apply for this position, email a cover letter, resume and business references to jobs@vlsprochester.org.  Position open until filled. No telephone calls please.

https://www.vlsprochester.org/careers

Salary commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is offered.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage responses from candidates of color, ethnic minorities, disabled individuals, veterans, and LGBTQ persons.

Job Type: Full-time

 

Variety of Positions - Empire Justice - Rochester (Posted 5/15/19)

Empire Justice Center is Hiring!!

Empire Justice is a highly respected, statewide legal services organization. We employ dedicated, determined and passionate advocates who, together, make a significant impact on the lives of low income New Yorkers.  We achieve our successes through direct legal representation and high impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and by providing training and technical assistance to other advocates who are working towards the same goals. Our organization offers staff an exciting and dynamic working environment with a strong commitment to teamwork, diversity, and personal/professional development. This is an opportunity to join one of the most effective organizations serving low income individuals and families in New York State.

We are seeking the following positions to join our team:

Disability Advocacy Program State-Wide Attorney Coordinator - Albany or Yonkers, NY - Full time, Exempt position

Crime Victims Attorney -Rochester, NY – 2 Full time, Exempt positions

Crime Victims Legal Assistance Paralegal –Long Island, NY – Full-time, Non-Exempt position

Immigrant Rights Attorney -Central Islip, NY - Full time, Exempt position

Immigrant Rights Paralegal - Central Islip, NY office- Full time, Non-exempt position

 

For further information and application details, click on the link below.

https://empirejustice.org/work-with-us/

 

Family Law Attorney - The Legal Aid Society - Rochester  (Posted 5/13/19)

The Attorney will provide legal representation to low and middle-income litigants in Family Court & Supreme Court in matrimonial cases and other family matters in Monroe, Orleans, and other surrounding counties with a focus on victims of domestic violence. The attorney will have the opportunity to be part of a team of professionals who have dedicated themselves to the mission of LAS, which is the provision of high quality civil legal services to low and moderate income litigants. Services include direct representation, legal counseling, community outreach, education, and training.

Qualification:

  • Juris Doctor & admission to the New York State Bar.
  • High level of initiative, self-motivation, and organization.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Strong negotiating ability.
  • Ability to articulate thoughts and ideas efficiently and accurately.
  • Respectful and empathetic consideration for clients.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and community partners.
  • Access to reliable transportation.

Please send the following information to be considered:

Send the following information to: 

https://lasroc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=48.

Human Resources, The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY, 1 West Main Street, Suite 800 Rochester, N.Y., 14614.

LASROC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

 


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