Consumer Law Staff Attorney
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking an experienced attorney to staff our Consumer Law Project, in the Albany office of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. The position is dedicated to enforcing legal protections in economic transactions and to securing economic justice for low-income consumers. The LASNNY Consumer Law Project focuses on the financial well-being of low-income households by protecting income and assets, securing access to the necessities of life, including a financial life, promoting a fresh start when needed, mitigating financial crises related to or the cause of other household crises and assisting low-income household in make informed economic and financial choices.
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 are skilled, creative, and compassionate advocates, combining a passion to serve with the skills and will to address both individual and systemic injustice. We take pride in providing holistic services to our clients with a wide range of programs and substantive law expertise. We seek an attorney who will be dedicated to our mission and will provide excellent legal services to low-income consumers as part of the array of legal services we offer.
The office for this position is in Albany, New York, the state capital. The counties served by this office are offer 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.
Our office is a collegial and supportive workplace, encouraging and supporting staff development, mentoring and collaboration.
Responsibilities: The Attorney is responsible for providing legal assistance in consumer law matters involving the essentials of economic life: utility disputes and shut offs, consumer debt including medical and student loan debt, wage garnishment, frozen assets, debt management, bankruptcy, automobile repossession and violations of debt collection, credit reporting and other consumer protection statutes. The attorney will be expected to provide a full range of legal services, affirmative and defensive litigation, systemic advocacy, bankruptcy proceedings, administrative hearings, counsel and advice, and conducting consumer debt clinics and providing community legal education. They will also participate in the implementation of LASNNY’s race equity priority and their own professional development plan.
Qualifications: 1-6 years’ prior legal experience or equivalent. Admitted to New York State Bar. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to helping consumers address individual and systemic problems related to economic security and stability by providing high quality legal services to low-income clients. Must be expert or become expert in a broad range of consumer issues and law, practice expertly in many forums in five counties, conduct an effective community legal education including clinics and know your rights events. Must be able to identify and address systemic legal problems and work collaboratively with other LASNNY staff to ensure delivery of a full range of legal services to clients served by the Albany office. Occasional travel required to co-counsel and/or conduct litigation or other advocacy strategies in other counties of the service area to advance the training and systemic advocacy goals of LASNNY. Must be intelligent, hardworking, careful, reliable, have good judgment, and attention to detail. Must be able to communicate effectively with clients and staff and work independently and efficiently. Good computer skills. Must have a car and a valid driver’s license. Strong preference for lived experience, ability to speak Spanish and demonstrated creativity and experience in using varied legal tools and strategies to secure systemic outcomes on behalf of low-income consumers.
Salary: Up to $73,297 DOE Excellent benefits. 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:
- Complete the Demographic Survey linked here
LASNNY is committed to the creation of an inclusive and diverse workplace and providing Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action to all applicants. We strongly encourage applications from women, BIPOC, LGBTQ persons, protected veterans, applicants and recipients of public assistance, the elderly and people with disabilities.