Housing/Generalist Intern – Amsterdam Office

Housing/Generalist Intern – Amsterdam 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

 

The Intern on this project would assist the Housing attorneys and intake staff to provide housing representation in the Amsterdam office. The Intern will interview clients and witnesses, investigate claims and defenses, advocate with officials and county departments, draft responsive pleadings and affirmative defenses, and assist in trial preparation and presentation. The Intern will work on eviction defenses, warranty of habitability cases, and administrative advocacy to secure housing-related public benefits, including ongoing and emergency cash assistance and eligibility for HUD subsidies. The Intern may be asked to assist staff in other practices of law as needed.

 

 

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:  Amsterdam, NY

 

 

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 also 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:   September 30, 2019

 

To apply, please

 

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

2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here

 

Documents required: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample.

 

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