Staff Attorney - Eviction Prevention Unit (multiple openings)
Company: Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
Location: New York
Posted on: September 25, 2022
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT (February 2022)STAFF ATTORNEYS - Eviction
Prevention ProgramLegal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
(LawNY) has multiple immediate openings for staff attorneys for an
expanded eviction prevention program that will be active throughout
the LawNY service area. LawNY is a not-for-profit law firm
providing civil legal services to low-income clients in a 14-county
area of western New York. LawNY's mission is to increase access to
justice through excellent legal representation, advocacy and
service. LawNY is committed to equitable inclusion across race,
gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, sex,
religion, economic circumstances, ethnicity, national origin and
culture.Recently, LawNY was awarded eviction prevention grants by
both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. As a
result, LawNY is hiring new staff attorneys to provide eviction
defense services in all seven of the LawNY offices. LawNY also
anticipates opening two additional offices in the coming months.The
staff attorneys will provide direct legal representation primarily
in landlord-tenant matters as part of this newly expanded program
which aims in part to better reach residents of rural communities
that are typically underserved. The program will enable those
at-risk of homelessness to maintain their housing by preventing
eviction through the provision of legal representation and
advocacy. LawNY's offices are located throughout the Finger Lakes
and Southern Tier region of New York, an area abounding with
recreational and cultural activities. The present LawNY offices are
located in Bath, Elmira, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Olean and
Rochester. Coupled with very reasonable housing costs, the area
offers a high quality of life. Staff are offered a hybrid workplace
- even some court appearances remain virtual - and flexible
schedules within a standard 35 hour work week. LawNY values and
promotes a collaborative environment and a healthy work life
balance. LawNY strives to transcend the construct of race and be an
anti-racist law firm. Staff are encouraged to bring their whole
selves to work each day and to celebrate every aspect of who they
are.Responsibilities: These are the most significant
responsibilities and primary functions of the position.
- Assistance and legal advocacy related to helping low-income
people maintain their housing, housing subsidies and income
- Providing representation in administrative hearing forums and
the court system to challenge evictions, public housing and housing
subsidy terminations, wrongful public benefit determinations and
illegal housing practices.
- Client interviews and investigation.
- Representing clients zealously within the bounds of the Rules
of Professional Conduct.
- Data collection and file maintenance in keeping with LawNY
guidelines and grant requirements.
- Outreach activities including connecting with and providing
client groups with relevant legal information and available
resources including LawNY programs.
- Relationship-building with court staff, community groups and
other stakeholders.The applicant must have the caring, patience,
and emotional maturity to help low-income people overcome crisis
situations. Due to COVID-19, many LawNY staff are working remotely
all or part of the week. LawNY maintains an extensive safe
operations plan and seeks to ensure the safety of both our staff
and our clients. All staff are still required to fulfill their
professional obligations, including direct in-person contact with
clients and in-person appearances in court or administrative
agencies multiple times a week. Requirements: Admission or
eligibility for admission on motion to the New York State bar.
Recent law school graduates who are pending admission to the bar
may be eligible to practice pursuant to the LawNY practice order.
Qualifications: 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 these, the
ideal candidate will have many of the following qualifications.
LawNY encourages each candidate to think about their own personal
knowledge, skills and experience, as well professional skills and
experience, in relation to the list of qualifications.
- Understands the specific experiences of historically
marginalized racial groups in the U.S., particularly Black,
Indigenous and Latinx groups.
- Embraces and actively promotes an inclusive and equitable work
- Able to serve as an advocate for individuals of all
ethnicities, genders, ages and backgrounds.
- Prior experience with low-income and other oppressed
communities and clients.
- Strong problem-solving abilities, time management and
- Ability to work under deadlines and manage multiple tasks.
- Ability to empathize and sensitively respond to people in
- Excellent use of Google Drive/GSuite, Word, and Excel; database
programs a plus.
- Proficiency in Spanish is an advantage but is not
- Passion for social justice and commitment to the mission of
LawNY.Salary: Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay
scale with annual increments.Benefits: We provide a superlative
package of fringe benefits including:
- 94% employer paid health insurance, with significant HSA
contributions to offset high deduction plans
- 100% employer paid dental and disability insurance
- $50,000 automatic life insurance
- Remote Work Policy: New staff are able to work from home up to
3 days per week during their 6 month probationary period with
manager approval. This increases to 5 days per week once
successfully finished with probationary period with manager
approval.Leave: We also provide a very generous leave package
including, in the first year of employment, four weeks of
vacation,12 sick days and 5 personal days. New parents receive 20
days of paid new parent leave. LawNY staff may qualify for public
interest law school loan forgiveness programs.These positions are
considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and three references
through LawNY's BambooHR platform, here
https://lawny.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=55. In your
application, please indicate whether you wish to be considered for
a staff attorney position in any LawNY office, or whether you have
a preference for one or more locations.Applications will be
reviewed until all of the positions are filled.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.
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