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Title Staff Attorney – Civil Legal Services for People with Mental Illness
LocationNew York
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Job Announcement

Staff Attorney – Civil Legal Services for People with Mental Illness

 

Mobilization For Justice, Inc. (MFJ), a non-profit legal services organization that provides a wide range of free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers, is seeking a staff attorney to represent people with mental illness in civil legal matters. The primary emphasis is on eviction prevention, ensuring income stability (including obtaining and maintaining government benefits and addressing barriers to employment), and access to healthcare. Affirmative outreach, advocacy, and litigation are encouraged on issues affecting people with mental illness. The Mental Health Law Project works in collaboration with mental health providers and social workers in inpatient and outpatient settings using a medical-legal partnership model.

 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting client intake on the telephone and at off-site clinics, including outpatient clinics and hospitals.
  • Providing advice, brief service and direct representation.
  • Researching, writing, and litigating all phases of cases including motions, trials and appeals.
  • Appearing for clients in Housing Court, Supreme Court, Civil Court, Federal Court and at administrative agencies.
  • Conducting outreach to the community, and training mental health providers and community groups on substantive law matters and the rights of people with disabilities.
  • Identifying issues for impact litigation or policy initiatives.
  • Advocating on issues of importance to people with mental illness.
  • Inputting and maintaining records in our case management system.

 

Requirements:

  1. Admission to NYS Bar.
  2. Well-organized and capable of managing a substantial caseload.
  3. Experience and/or interest in working with people with mental illness and/or people with disabilities and/or veterans.
  4. Ability to balance individual casework with impact litigation and/or advocacy initiatives.
  5. Fluency in Spanish sufficient to conduct an intake interview required.
  6. 2 years’ experience in housing court and/or working on government benefits issues preferred.

 

Salary is pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.

 

Applicants should email cover letter, resume and writing sample to John Bart at jbart@mfjlegal.org with “Mental Health Law Project September 2017” in the subject line.  Applications must be received by Friday, October 27, 2017.  Early applications encouraged.  Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

 

 

MFJ IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are welcome and encouraged to apply. For further information about MFY, please go to www.mobilizationforjustice.org.



Title Staff Attorney – Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY)
LocationSyracuse, New York
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STAFF ATTORNEY

LEGAL SERVICES OF CENTRAL NEW YORK, INC. (LSCNY)

 

Position: Community economic development staff attorney position for Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. (LSCNY) in the Syracuse office.

 

Background: The LSCNY Community Counsel Project fosters economic development and asset building in communities in our service area. The Project supports community-based organizations and leaders in low-income areas seeking to (1) expand employment opportunity through job creation, transportation, and child care, (2) increase the supply of quality, affordable housing, (3) direct private investment into low-income communities, (4) build strong and sustainable community institutions, (5) developing community leaders, and (6) improve the quality of life for low-income residents by creating conditions under which the community can participate in the advantages of an economically viable area.

 

The Project assists community leaders challenge poverty and inequity resulting from not only the lack of local economic investment, but public policy decisions that have significantly contributed to the degradation of low-income neighborhoods.

 

The Project is staffed by two attorneys and a community organizer. The position requires travel in our 13 county service area and working with community organizations and leaders outside business hours.

 

Responsibilities: The following is a summary of the array of legal services offered by the Project:

 

Advising on the formation and structure of organizations, including nonprofit and cooperative corporations;

Drafting certificates of incorporation, by-laws, operating agreements, and other governance documents;

Obtaining and maintaining nonprofit tax status;

Advising and representing on compliance with state and federal reporting requirements;

Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing contracts, leases, purchase and sale agreements and other agreements with third parties;

Advising or directly representing on government regulatory matters such as licenses, permits, zoning, and land use matters;

Advising and representing on corporate matters, such as employee issues; and

Advising on and negotiating community benefits agreements with developers of large for-profit projects.

The position offers a unique opportunity to engage in different areas of the law while building collaborative relationships with local community based organizations. The attorney will also be expected to contribute to discussions regarding program development and grant development to maximize opportunities to help communities served.

Qualifications:

Admission to the bar of the State of New York or eligible for admission.

Three years of experience as a lawyer; prior transactional work preferred.

Excellent transactional, analytical, legal writing, and advocacy skills.

Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

Effective communication skills, including the ability to work with people in complex multi-party transactions and with nascent community groups with limited legal knowledge.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and local organizations.

Closing date: Closing date for applications is October 27, 2017 or when filled.

Salary/Benefits:  D.O.E.; excellent benefits.

Application:  Send or email a cover letter addressing specific qualifications and interests, resume, writing sample, and three references to:

Director of Human Resources

Legal Services of Central New York

221 South Warren Street, Suite 300

Syracuse, New York 13202

Email: hiring@lscny.org

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. is committed to hiring, retaining, and promoting diversity and culturally appropriate inclusion so we can be more creative, effective, and just, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents, and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice. We accept, respect, and value differences that include attributes such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities, language, socioeconomic status, marital and parental status, and cultural background.



Title Staff Attorney – Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY)
LocationSyracuse, Binghamton, Utica, New York
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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

STAFF ATTORNEY

LEGAL SERVICES OF CENTRAL NEW YORK, INC. (LSCNY)

 

Position: Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. will hire staff attorneys in our Syracuse, Binghamton, and Utica offices.

Background: Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY) is committed to achieving justice for low-income people and those who have difficulty accessing the justice system. For more than 50 years, LSCNY has represented clients in housing, income security, consumer, education, employment, and access to health care matters. We seek to make a difference in clients’ lives and their communities by eliminating the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ ability to escape from poverty. We continually search for ways to improve the lives of our clients and their communities by creating new projects such as the Faith Seidenberg Racial Justice Initiative and the Community Counsel Project.

Responsibilities: Staff attorneys engage in comprehensive legal representation including advice, negotiation, litigation, and administrative and legislative advocacy. Attorneys represent individuals and engage in broad-based impact advocacy. Attorneys collaborate in teams led by an experienced supervisor.

 

Qualifications:

Admitted or eligible for admission to the bar of the State of New York preferred.

Experience or interest in housing work is a plus.

A demonstrated commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to low-income and under-served populations.

Excellent analytical, legal writing, and advocacy skills.

Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Closing date:  Closing date for applications is November 10, 2017 or when filled.

 

Salary/Benefits:  D.O.E.; excellent benefits.

 

Application:  Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to:

 

Director of Human Resources

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.

221 South Warren Street, Suite 300

Syracuse, New York 13202

Email: hiring@lscny.org

 

 

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. is committed to hiring, retaining, and promoting diversity and culturally appropriate inclusion so we can be more creative, effective, and just, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents, and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice. We accept, respect, and value differences that include attributes such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities, language, socioeconomic status, marital and parental status, and cultural background.

 

 



Title Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York: Staff Attorney – Foreclosure Prevention Project
Salary50,184 to $57,561
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LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK STAFF ATTORNEY – 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 a staff attorney to serve in its Foreclosure Prevention Project in the Albany office. The attorney will provide legal assistance to homeowners threatened with foreclosure in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Columbia, and Greene Counties served from the Albany Office. The attorney 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 or tax foreclosure to other households whose housing is at risk as a result of foreclosure. The attorney is also responsible for related detailed grant reporting and must work closely with other staff at LASNNY, project partners and housing counseling agencies. The attorney 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 attorney 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 attorney 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 Tuesday, November 7, 2017

To apply, please go to //www.lasnny.org/

OR

1) Complete the application linked here: //ww04.elbowspace.com/secure/20111019095245171481 or the mobile friendly application here: //ww04.elbowspace.com/secure/m20111019095245171481

2) Complete the Demographic Survey linked here: //www.surveymonkey.com/r/TECH_SURVEY_POTENTIAL_TRAINING_NEEDS?sm=g%2fj6ErDfKXwr7dt6bYjT%2bQ%3d%3d

No applications will be accepted without a writing sample, cover letter and resume.

We are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, LGBT persons, the elderly, applicants and recipients of public assistance and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.



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