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Posted by: Sue Ann Kirkum - 11/1/2023
Job Expires: 6/24/2024
Supervising Family Court Attorney

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY®) is a not-for-profit law firm that provides free civil
legal services to low-income clients in a 14 county area of Western New York, the Finger Lakes, and the
Southern Tier. LawNY® has seven fully staffed field offices in Bath, Elmira, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown,
Olean and Rochester, satellite offices in Lakeville and Lyons, and a business office in Rochester.

LawNY® has been providing high quality legal representation for 54 years, and today has over 180
employees, including attorneys, paralegals, and a legal support team who work closely across areas of
specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing legal issues affecting our clients and community.
LawNY® is committed to equitable inclusion across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age,
ability, sex, religion, economic circumstances, ethnicity, national origin, and culture. We are increasingly
committed to creating a law firm where race equity, diversity and cultural competency are integral
components of our work, from client advocacy to internal operations.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Bath office of LawNY® seeks to fill an immediate opening for a Supervising Attorney in the area of
family law. The attorney will represent qualified, low and middle income individuals in custody, family
offense, and child support cases. The attorney will also provide victims of domestic violence and sexual
assault with specialized legal advice and representation in Family Court and other civil matters that affect
their safety, stability and financial security.

The Supervising Family Court Attorney will supervise staff attorneys and paralegals in their advocacy for
victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We expect those who fill this position will grow and adapt
their practice to the needs of the community and the organization, and place an emphasis on supervision
skills and the ability to practice in multiple forums. The candidate must have the caring, patience, and
emotional maturity to help low-income people overcome crisis situations.

The Supervising Attorney provides leadership and supervision in supplying comprehensive legal services
to eligible clients and the ideal candidate should have a strong understanding of how civil legal issues
affecting low-income communities intersect with social and economic justice. Supervisors play a critical
role in realizing LawNY®’s vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Every supervisor is expected to
actively engage in learning and becoming increasingly skilled in supervision that supports this vision.

ABOUT BATH

The Bath office serves Allegany and Steuben Counties which are located in the southern part of the
Finger Lakes region of Western New York, an area noted for its beautiful lakes, scenery, and quality
agriculture. Bath is home to the longest running county fair in the US and is abound with historic buildings
and architecture as well as a grand town square where people still gather for farm markets and live
music.

Bath is part of the Tiffany & Treasures Trail which includes local pottery studios and shops and features
the breathtaking First Presbyterian Church of Bath designed corner-to-corner with Louis Comfort Tiffany
stained glass windows and fixtures. A short distance from Bath is picturesque Keuka Lake, nicknamed
“Lady of the Lakes,” ideal for swimming, fishing, and boating. Notable nearby museums include Corning
Museum of Glass, Rockwell Art Museum, and the Glenn H. Curtiss Motorcycle and Aviation Museum.
Bath has a relatively low cost of living and an abundance of public transportation options in town with a
median home price of $147,600 and 1 bedroom apartments available for around $710/month.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

These are the basic requirements for the position.
Admitted to practice and in good standing in New York State
Three (3) or more years of experience providing legal services.
Experience supervising staff, including attorneys, paralegals, and support staff, is preferred.
Ability to work under deadlines and manage multiple tasks.
Demonstrated commitment of service to low-income people.
Demonstrated leadership in critical issues facing low-income people.
Commitment to engaging in learning and developing supervision skills that support diversity, equity,
and inclusion.

RESPONSIBILITIES

These are the most significant responsibilities and primary functions of the position.
Provide legal services to low income clients and client groups in Family Court matters including
advice, negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy.

Maintain specialized knowledge of NYS Family Law, particularly: family offense, custody and
visitation, child support violations, abuse and neglect proceedings.

Develop skills advocating for low-income clients in other civil legal areas affecting victims of domestic
violence and sexual assault, including, for example, housing law, public and disability benefits, and
divorce.

Interact respectfully with clients from a wide range of backgrounds, with an awareness of the
importance of cultural competence and humility.

Supervise caseload of supervised personnel, ensuring that each supervisee handles an appropriate
amount of work, and coordinate the periodic review of the cases.

Help identify leadership development and mentoring opportunities for supervisees.

Create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for supervisees.

Collaborate with other human services providers, non-profit organizations and community groups as
well as the courts, administrative tribunals and the private bar to address legal problems within our
community.

Cooperate in all grant reporting requirements, program reporting, timekeeping, file maintenance, case
closing and compliance review.

Maintain a high level of professional competence through attendance of training sessions, seminars
and conferences and individual efforts to keep abreast of current developments in the area of poverty
law and the application of an equity lens to client service.

ADDITIONAL TRAITS AND SKILLS

These are the traits, attributes, attitudes, and skills that speak to the
candidate’s ability to succeed in the position. While no one candidate will possess all of the qualities listed, the ideal
candidate will have many of these qualities. LawNY® encourages each candidate to think about their own personal
knowledge, skills, and experience, as well as professional skills and experience in relation to this list.

Experience incorporating an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens into legal practice.

An understanding of the concepts of structural and institutional racism and their impact on
underserved and underrepresented communities.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including a commitment to providing trauma-informed services.

Demonstrated skill in mentoring and training less-experienced attorneys, paralegals and/or other staff
in their pursuit of career advancement.

Lived experience with our client communities.

True fluency in a language other than English that is spoken by our clients.

COMPENSATION


Salary is dependent on years of experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments. The
beginning salary for a Supervising Attorney with three years of experience is $68,000, and the salary for a
Supervising Attorney with eight years of experience is $75,500. LawNY® staff may also qualify for public
interest law school loan forgiveness programs.

LawNY® provides an excellent package of fringe benefits including 94% employer paid health insurance
with significant HSA contributions, 100% employer paid dental and disability insurance, vision coverage,
and $50,000 automatic life insurance as well as generous leave provisions including, in the first year of
employment, 20 days of vacation plus 13.5 holidays and two floating holidays. Employees also receive 12
sick days and five personal days per year. New parents receive 20 days of paid new parent leave.
LawNY® is committed to providing a work-life balance to their employees. We encourage and support a
35 hour work week to ensure our employees have this balance. We also offer a remote work
policy where new staff are able to work from home up to 3 days per week during their 6 month
probationary period with manager approval, as their case load permits. This increases to 5 days per week
once successfully finished with a probationary period with manager approval, as their case load permits.

APPLICATION PROCESS


To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and three references through LawNY®’s BambooHR platform,
found here and at www.lawny.org/Employment. When outlining work experience on a resume, candidates
are requested to label each position as full-time or part-time and describe unpaid volunteer/internships as
such.

To promote social justice and achieve our mission, LawNY® is committed to maintaining a diverse staff
and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace. In your cover letter, please also include an
explanation of how you think that your lived and/or professional experience or background has prepared
you to contribute to support a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion at LawNY®.

Questions or Accommodations? Contact Taylor Howarth at thowarth@lawny.org

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY®) is an equal opportunity employer. LawNY®
strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color, women, LGBTQIA+
individuals, people with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups whose background
may contribute to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel
empowered, valued, respected, and safe. LawNY® welcomes applications regardless of race, color,
religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic
information or any other consideration protected by law.

This position is considered Exempt pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 
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