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Posted by: Michelle Grillone - 5/24/2024
Job Expires: 6/25/2024
Staff Attorney - Family Law

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Olean office of LawNY® seeks to fill an immediate opening for a full time Staff Attorney in its Family Law Unit.  The attorney will represent qualified, low and middle income individuals in custody, family offense, neglect, and child support cases. The attorney position 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 candidate must have the caring, patience, and emotional maturity to help low-income people overcome crisis situations.

Staff Attorneys at LawNY® provide 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.

QUALIFICATIONS These are the basic requirements for the position.

  • Admitted to practice and in good standing in New York State, eligible for admission without examination, or willing to take the next available Bar examination.
  • Demonstrated commitment of service to low-income people.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES These are the most significant responsibilities and primary functions of the position.

  • Maintain a full-time caseload representing eligible clients in Family Court.
  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge in Family Court matters, particularly: family offense, custody and visitation, child support violations, abuse and neglect proceedings.
  • Provides legal services to low income clients and client groups regarding Family Law including advice, negotiation, litigation and administrative advocacy.
  • Interacts respectfully with clients from a wide range of backgrounds, with an awareness of the importance of cultural competence and humility.
  • Collaborates with other LawNY® advocates, 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, including providing community legal education.
  • Contributes to a safe and healthy work environment for fellow employees.
  • Cooperates in all grant reporting requirements, program reporting, timekeeping, file maintenance, case closing and compliance review.
  • Maintains 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 nof 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.

  • Litigation and advocacy experience in state and/or federal court and/or administrative forums within at least one other area of poverty law, especially landlord-tenant, foreclosure, bankruptcy, homelessness prevention, fair housing, and government benefits.
  • 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 skills, including a commitment to providing trauma-informed services.
  • Lived experience with our client communities.
  • True fluency in a language other than English that is spoken by our clients.
  • Ability to work under deadlines and manage multiple tasks.

 

COMPENSATION

Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments.  The beginning salary for a Staff Attorney is $58,000 and the salary for a Staff Attorney and ranges up to $94,100 based on experience. 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.

 

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and three professional 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.

 

Questions or Accommodations? Contact Michelle Grillone at mgrillone@lawny.org

 

 
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