Disability Advocacy Project (DAP) Staff Attorney – Amsterdam Office




Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York in Amsterdam, New York.


Responsibilities:  The Attorney will primarily be responsible for providing legal representation and assistance in Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims and may be assigned cases involving eligibility for public assistance and Medicaid benefits.  May also be assigned cases involving the essential legal needs of low income clients such as housing, consumer rights, elder law, and family law.  Responsibilities include representation in court and administrative proceedings; legal advice and brief services to clients; client legal education and in-service training to human service providers on legal issues; and case reporting and outcome reporting to grant funders.


Qualifications: 2-7 years prior legal experience or equivalent. Admitted to New York State Bar.  Demonstrated commitment.to providing high quality legal services to clients in a variety of civil matters. Must be willing to make a two year commitment to the Legal Aid Society.  Must be able to communicate effectively with clients and staff, and work independently and efficiently.  Good computer skills including accurate and quick data entry.  Must have car and clean, valid driver’s license.  Prior relevant legal experience in Social Security Administration disability representation and the ability to speak Spanish are helpful.


Program Profile:  The Legal Aid Society is a publicly funded law firm which provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals.  This position is in our branch office in Amsterdam.  The Amsterdam office serves low-income individuals and households in Fulton, Schoharie, and Montgomery Counties.


Salary$50,575 to $62,921 Unionized program, with excellent fringe benefits.


Application Deadline:  until filled


No applications will be accepted without cover letter, resume, references and writing sample.


To apply:


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.