Staff Attorney for Columbia/Greene County Domestic Violence Prevention Program

STAFF ATTORNEY FOR COLUMBIA/GREENE COUNTY

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM

 

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking an experienced attorney to provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence in Columbia and Greene Counties of New York State.

 

Our mission is to fight for fairness, dignity, and justice for those living in poverty and for a society which is inclusive and equitable for all. We transform lives, build community, and empower people by using the law to address individual and systemic wrongs and inequities. We are committed to ensuring equitable treatment, services, and outcomes for People of Color.

 

We seek an attorney who will be dedicated to our mission and will seek justice and fairness for households experiencing domestic violence.  We are skilled, creative, and compassionate advocates combining a passion to serve with the skills and will to address both individual and systemic injustice. We are looking for an attorney who will join us, utilizing their legal skills to assist in addressing domestic violence.

 

The office for this position is in Albany, New York, the state capital.  The two counties served by this attorney are nearby and offer, like Albany, a lively, family friendly place to live with a reasonable cost of living, excellent quality of life, and easy access to major metropolitan areas as well as year-round outdoor opportunities. Hudson, in Columbia County, is a sophisticated small city, as it and the surrounding area have become a destination for people from NYC and the lower Hudson Valley.

 

Our office is a collegial and supportive workplace, encouraging and supporting staff development, mentoring and collaboration.

 

Responsibilities:

 

The attorney will provide high quality, coordinated, victim sensitive, trauma informed             civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, providing advice, brief service and in-court representation for victims of domestic abuse in family offense matters and related family matters which are inextricably intertwined with the family offense. The attorney will assist in securing comprehensive orders of protections, giving advice on criminal and family offense proceedings and in–court representation in civil proceedings. The attorney will have a close referral and working relationship with the dv shelter and related service providers and other actors in the legal system.

 

Generally, the attorney will be expected to provide a full range of legal services, including counsel and advice, referrals, representation in administrative hearings, affirmative and defensive litigation, systemic advocacy, community legal education, outreach and engagement and community lawyering. The attorney will participate in the development and implementation of LASNNY’s race equity priority and their own professional development plan.  The attorney will also be expected to conduct recordkeeping and reporting as required and work collaboratively with other LAS attorneys to ensure that efficient and effective legal assistance is provided which maximizes access to LAS services and addresses systemic issues.

 

Requirements:  Admission to New York State Bar.  Two to seven years experience.  Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to the provision of assertive, compassionate victim sensitive trauma informed services to victims of domestic violence. Must be intelligent, hardworking, careful, reliable, have good judgment, attention to detail and a demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the low-income community. Must be able to communicate effectively with clients and staff, work independently and efficiently and be able to problem solve. Must be willing to travel and have a car and a clean valid New York driver’s license. Strong computer, administrative, reporting and data entry skills required.  Ability to speak Spanish a plus.

 

Salary Range:  $50,575 – $62,921 DOE   We are a unionized program and our fringe benefits are excellent.

 

Application Deadline: until filled

 

No applications will be accepted without cover letter, resume, references 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. Women, BIPOC, LGBTQ persons, applicants and recipients of public assistance, the elderly, protected veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.