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Title Staff Attorney (Legal Aid Society)
LocationSchenectady County
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Responsibilities: The attorney will be responsible for implementing LASNNY’s County of Schenectady Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP). The attorney will provide legal assistance to eligible County of Schenectady at risk households by preventing evictions, securing mainstream income benefits and making referrals to services which will enhance the household’s ability to maintain permanent housing. The attorney will provide legal assistance in maintaining or securing permanent housing and income necessary to retain permanent housing. Legal assistance will include eviction defense, affirmative and defensive actions to improve housing conditions, obtaining and maintaining public and subsidized housing tenancies and subsidies, addressing utility shut offs or denials of service, securing emergency assistance, ongoing temporary assistance and other income supports necessary to achieving housing stability and representing eligible tenants in support of campaigns to address the causes of their homelessness and economic insecurity. The attorney will be expected to provide a full range of legal services, including counsel and advice, representation in administrative hearings, affirmative and defensive litigation, systemic advocacy, community legal education, outreach and engagement and community lawyering. The attorney will also be expected to work collaboratively with community partner agencies and coordinate services with other LASNNY staff serving Schenectady County and City at risk and homeless households. The attorney will be expert in the Emergency Solutions Grant Program requirements and compliance therewith and will work collaboratively other LASNNY housing attorneys to ensure that efficient and effective legal assistance is provided which maximizes access to LAS services and addresses systemic issues that cause homelessness.

Requirements: Admission to New York State Bar. One to four years’ experience. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping poor and disadvantaged people overcome institutional barriers to employment, safety, housing and income supports. Must be intelligent, hardworking, careful, reliable, have good judgment, attention to detail and a demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the low-income community. Must be able to communicate effectively with clients and staff, work independently and efficiently and be able to problem solve and work collaboratively with community partner agency staff. Training or experience in community lawyering or community organizing or engagement, demonstrated strong listening and relationship building skills, experience, creativity and willingness to use varied legal and non-legal advocacy tools to advance community identified initiatives preferred. Must be willing to travel throughout the 16 county service area, and have a car and a clean valid New York driver’s license. Strong computer, administrative, reporting and data entry skills required. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.

Salary Range: $46,307 – $52,123 DOE We are a unionized program and our fringe benefits are excellent.

Application Deadline: COB, June 30, 2017

To apply, please go to //www.lasnny.org/ or complete the application here: //ww04.elbowspace.com/secure/20111019095245171481.



Title Staff Attorney (Legal Aid Society)
LocationNortheastern New York
Job Information

Responsibilities: The attorney will be responsible for implementing LASNNY’s Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP). The attorney will provide legal assistance to eligible Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene County at risk households by preventing evictions, securing mainstream income benefits and making referrals to services which will enhance the household’s ability to maintain permanent housing. The attorney will provide legal assistance in maintaining or securing permanent housing and income necessary to retain permanent housing. Legal assistance will include eviction defense, affirmative and defensive actions to improve housing conditions, obtaining and maintaining public and subsidized housing tenancies and subsidies, addressing utility shut offs or denials of service, securing emergency assistance, ongoing temporary assistance and other income supports necessary to achieving housing stability and representing eligible tenants in support of campaigns to address the causes of their homelessness and economic insecurity. The attorney will be expected to provide a full range of legal services, including counsel and advice, representation in administrative hearings, affirmative and defensive litigation, systemic advocacy, community legal education, outreach and engagement and community lawyering. The attorney will also be expected to work collaboratively with community partner agencies and coordinate services with other LASNNY staff serving at risk and homeless households. The attorney will be expert in the Emergency Solutions Grant Program requirements and compliance therewith and will work collaboratively other LASNNY housing attorneys to ensure that efficient and effective legal assistance is provided which maximizes access to LAS services and addresses systemic issues that cause homelessness.

Requirements: Admission to New York State Bar. One to four years’ experience. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping poor and disadvantaged people overcome institutional barriers to employment, safety, housing and income supports. Must be intelligent, hardworking, careful, reliable, have good judgment, attention to detail and a demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the low-income community. Must be able to communicate effectively with clients and staff, work independently and efficiently and be able to problem solve and work collaboratively with community partner agency staff. Training or experience in community lawyering or community organizing or engagement, demonstrated strong listening and relationship building skills, experience, creativity and willingness to use varied legal and non-legal advocacy tools to advance community identified initiatives preferred. Must be willing to travel throughout the 16 county service area, and have a car and a clean valid New York driver’s license. Strong computer, administrative, reporting and data entry skills required. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.

Salary Range: $46,307 – 52,123 (DOE) We are a unionized program and our fringe benefits are excellent.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017

To apply, please go to //www.lasnny.org/ or complete the application link here: //ww04.elbowspace.com/secure/20111019095245171481



Title Staff Attorney (Legal Aid Society)
LocationNortheastern New York
Job Information

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROJECT

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY) is a publicly funded law office with five offices providing free civil legal services to low income individuals living in 16 counties in northeastern New York. Our current priorities are Support for Families, Preserving the Home, Maintaining Economic Stability, Maintaining Safety, Stability & Health, and Serving Populations with Special Vulnerabilities, Children’s Advocacy and Delivery of Legal Services.

This job includes a focus on preventing the loss of homes due to foreclosure and providing extended high quality legal representation needed to secure the essentials of life for low income households such as housing and subsistence income.

LASNNY seeks two staff attorneys to primarily serve in its Foreclosure Prevention Project in the Albany and Saratoga Springs offices. The attorneys will provide legal assistance to homeowners threatened with foreclosure in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia, and Greene Counties served from the Albany Office and in Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties served from our Saratoga Springs office. The attorneys will be responsible for providing advice, brief service, negotiation and full representation in foreclosure proceedings, settlement conferences and other foreclosure related cases to home owners at risk of mortgage foreclosure. The attorneys are also responsible for related detailed grant reporting and must work closely with other staff at LASNNY, project partners and housing counseling agencies. The attorneys will also be expected to conduct outreach to prospective clients and routinely be out of the office at court, community partner agencies or other off-site locations, attend meetings of the HomeSave Coalition and other local community meetings and participate in clinics, community legal education or other outreach events.

The attorneys will also provide free legal assistance to eligible households in a variety of legal matters to meet their clients’ essential needs, such as housing and subsistence income, including housing related bankruptcy, housing post foreclosure or other homeownership related issues. The attorneys will be expected to represent clients in multiple forums, in varied areas of law and types of actions and proceedings. In addition to providing advice, brief service and full representation to eligible clients, responsibilities will include data collection, grant reporting, case file and case management system maintenance.

Qualifications: At least 3 to 5 years prior legal experience or equivalent is required. Admitted to New York State Bar. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and providing high quality legal services to clients in civil matters. Must be able to communicate effectively and work independently and efficiently. Sensitive to the needs of the low and moderate income households in crisis. Good computer and administrative skills including accurate and quick data entry. Ability to handle high

volume caseload, work off-site and collaboratively with community partner agency staff. Must have a car and valid New York driver’s license. Prior experience in foreclosure representation, real estate or housing law related experience is preferred. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.

Salary: 50,184 to $57,561. Unionized program, with excellent fringe benefits.

Application Deadline: COB Friday, July 7, 2017

To apply, please go to //www.lasnny.org/ or complete the application link here.



Title International Bridges to Justice (Pro Bono Volunteer, Asia/ Africa)
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Brief Description:

International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) is a non-governmental, apolitical, non-profit organization

dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries. Every

day, millions of people around the world are arbitrarily detained, tortured, and denied access to

counsel. IBJ seeks to solve this problem within our lifetimes through the systemic provision of

early access to competent legal representation for those arrested and accused of a crime. Early

engagement with competent counsel ensures that individuals will be protected against investigative

torture, prolonged detention, and other due process violations. In recognition of the UN SDG

16, IBJ champions access to justice as the ultimate means to stable and fair judicial processes,

healthier economies, and more secure societies. To this end, IBJ seeks professionals with significant

experience successfully managing, monitoring, and evaluating Rule of Law programs in countries

with developing sociocultural and economic systems, as well as substantial experience practicing

criminal defense law.

As the Pro Bono Volunteer, you will be responsible for IBJ’s Asia/Africa program; you will

play an integral role in implementing a program designed to prevent human rights abuses and

advocate for the protection of due process rights for the criminally abused resulting in greater

access to justice for all.

Responsibilities:

Provide ongoing coordination and management support to ensure smooth and effective

implementation of all project activities.

Draft and evaluate capacity-building materials.

Assist in developing monitoring and evaluation tools to track the progress of project implementation,

assess needs, and design programs for improvement.

Assist in enhancing standards, principles, forms, and internal procedures common to criminal

defense clinics, as well as effective data collection and analysis.

Assist in developing financial management, administrative procedures and reporting to the

Program Director recommendations for implementation of changes/improvements in procedures.

Identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner, and suggest

appropriate program adjustments.

Assist in the development of, and on-going support to, Defender Resource Centers providing

legal aid.

Develop/review legal aid training modules for justice sector actors, particularly criminal

defense modules.

Where appropriate, provide technical assistance to local civil society and private sector

efforts to expand access to justice through legal aid and public outreach and awarenessraising.

Act as liaison between Defender Resource Centers and Satellite Offices to facilitate training

of criminal defense lawyers and justice sector actors.

Collaborate with justice sector actors on program activities, including government representatives,

judges, prison officials, police officers, prosecutors, public defenders, and civil

society organization members.

Identify fundraising opportunities in the Rule of Law sector of Asia/Africa.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a CV, cover letter, and 3 references (names/contact

information) to internationalbridges@ibj.org. Applicants should indicate in the subject line

of the email: Pro Bono Volunteer Asia/Africa

The deadline for the application is on Sunday 25th June at 11:59pm (CEST – Geneva

Time).

Applicants are encouraged to highlight their previous experience working in senior-level

positions on Rule of Law programs, as well as any previous experience focusing on criminal

defense in Asia/Africa

IBJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to

apply.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

IBJ’s recruitment for this position is contingent upon award.



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