Disability Advocacy Project Intern – Albany Office

Disability Advocacy Project Intern – Albany Office

 

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York provides effective, free civil legal services and education to and advocacy for people with low income or other barriers to accessing the legal system. We secure basic needs, protect and preserve legal rights, provide equal access to justice and seek fairness and dignity for all our clients. We serve the low-income and needy residents of Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties and the St. Regis Reservation.

 

Job Description

 

DAP advocates represent clients with physical and mental impairments including, but not limited to clients suffering from intellectual limitations, anxiety, depression, HIV, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, musculoskeletal impairments, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.  DAP advocates review medical, educational, and vocational records to argue if adults and children meet the rules for a finding of disability as defined by the Social Security Administration. DAP law clerks will have the opportunity to perform research and writing for federal court cases, administrative appeals, and administrative hearings. They will also call clients, observe meetings and hearings, and assist attorneys in preparation for hearings. All work performed by DAP law clerks are also performed by the DAP attorneys in our office.

 

General Information

 

Hiring Criteria

 

Current law student or recent graduate. Commitment to providing legal services to the poor.  Excellent research and writing skills. Ability to work well under stress and time pressure. Prior relevant experience in legal services to the poor, especially law school clinical experience, and ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Must have a valid, clean driver’s license.  For the summer, we require a student to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. For fall/spring semester internships, a minimum commitment of 10 or 12 hours per week is required. All internships are unpaid.

 

Location:  Albany, New York

 

Opportunities:

  • Internships at LASNNY count toward the 50-hour pro bono requirement for New York State Bar Admission.
  • Internships may be used as a field placement for credit, if approved by the student’s law school. Eligible students may also have an opportunity to practice under a student practice order.
  • Interns generally gain experience in interacting with clients; researching and writing both court documents and client correspondence; attending court appearances, administrative hearings, or other meetings, and exposure to a law firm environment.
  • Students are encouraged to research funding options through the Career Center at their law school or from outside funding organizations. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program provides law students with funding on a case by case basis depending on funding availability.

 

 

Application Deadline:

 

            Spring Internships – January 31, 2019

            Summer Internships – March 30, 2019

 

Documents requested:  Cover Letter, Resume and Writing Sample.

 

To apply, please

 

1) Complete the Application linked here, or the mobile-friendly application linked here

2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here

 

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, the elderly, LGBTQ, Protected Veterans and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Robert R. Romaker, Esq.

Managing Attorney

95 Central Avenue

Albany, NY 12206

rromaker@lasnny.org