Senior Legal Services Staff Attorney

 

SENIOR LEGAL SERVICES STAFF ATTORNEY

 

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, a nonprofit civil legal services program, is seeking an experienced attorney to provide outreach, community legal education, advice, brief service and legal representation to elders living in Albany County (approximately .80 FTE) and Rensselaer County (.20fte).  The position is located in Albany, NY, the state capital, and a lively family friendly city 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 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 seek an attorney who will be dedicated to our mission and will seek justice and fairness for seniors in our community.  We are skilled, creative and compassionate advocates combining a passion to serve with the skills and will to address both individual and systemic injustice. Our office is a collegial and supportive workplace, encouraging and supporting staff development. We take pride in providing holistic services to our clients with a wide range of programs and substantive law expertise.

 

The Senior Legal Services Program Staff Attorney meets seniors in the communities where they live, listens to their problems, and helps to identify issues and possible solutions. We provide a trusted place for seniors to go for free advice and counsel on the legal issues they face. We are an integral part of the legal and human service community and expect this attorney to be deeply involved in the network of senior service providers in the Capital District

 

Responsibilities:

 

The Attorney will be responsible for doing outreach, community legal education, advice, brief service and legal representation to elders living in Albany County (approximately .80 FTE) and Rensselaer County (.20fte). Case work for representation to elders will include consumer issues, wills and estates, housing, Social Security Disability, public benefits, including administrative hearings and issues involving elder abuse, grandparents’ rights, Medicare, Medicaid, long term care, nursing homes, EPIC and guardianship. Responsibilities include extensive off-site intake, and monthly demographic and outcome reporting.

 

Qualifications: 3-8 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. Possesses curiosity about the law and is interested in or possesses substantive law knowledge of many areas of law. Competent in and enjoys researching new legal issues. Must be able to communicate effectively with clients and staff and work independently and efficiently. Ability to handle and advise on a wide variety and high volume of civil legal matters. Demonstrated understanding of the needs of the aging population, and excellent listening, communication and organization skills. Must be willing to make a two-year commitment to the Legal Aid Society.   Good computer skills including accurate and quick data entry. Must have car and clean, valid driver’s license. Prior relevant legal experience, ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

 

Salary:    $50,184 – $63,927 DOE; excellent benefits including limited loan repayment assistance for eligible applicants.

 

Closing Date:     July 28, 2019

 

Any applications that do not have a cover letter, resume and writing sample will not be considered.

 

To apply, please go to www.lasnny.org OR

 

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

 

     2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here

 

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