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Staff Attorney Jan Walker

Southern Tier Legal Services, a division of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LAWNY), seeks a Staff Attorney to represent low-income clients in its three-attorney branch office in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York. Southern Tier Legal Services, which serves low-income clients in a four-county (Steuben, Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua), primarily rural area in southwestern upstate New York, merged in 2004 with Chemung County Neighborhood Legal Services, Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes, and Monroe County Legal Assistance Corp. to form LAWNY. Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., has offices in Jamestown, Olean, Bath, Geneva, Elmira, Ithaca, and Rochester. Chautauqua County is the home of the renowned Chautauqua Institution, located on Chautauqua Lake, and offers many recreational opportunities.

The Staff Attorney will provide services to clients ranging from advice and brief service to representation in administrative hearings and court proceedings. The primary focus will be on housing, public benefits, health and education cases. The attorney will also be actively involved with local community organizations, providing community legal education and participating in local and regional task forces on relevant issues.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income families and individuals, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to speak Spanish is preferred. Strong computer skills are also desirable. Applicants must be admitted to the New York State Bar or willing to take the next scheduled bar exam. A practice order may be obtained for up to 18 months for law school graduates or attorneys admitted to practice in another state.

The position is open until filled. Salary for the Staff Attorney position is $35,000 plus, depending on experience, with excellent fringe benefits.

Applicants should send a resume and writing sample, as well as names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to:

Jan Walker, Managing Attorney
Southern Tier Legal Services, a division of
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
Hotel Jamestown Building, Suite 507
110 W. Third Street
Jamestown, New York 14701
Telephone: (716) 664-4535
Fax: (716) 664-7179

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., Southern Tier division, is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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