Staff Attorney- Elmira


The Elmira office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. ® has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney.  This is a General Practice position, emphasizing Housing and Benefits, but including the full range of general practice matters handled by the program at the Administrative, Trial Court and Appellate levels.  Duties may include representation of eligible clients in various civil matters including:  Landlord/Tenant, Public Housing, Real Property/Foreclosure, Public Benefits, Medicaid/Health Care and other matters within program priorities.  Substantial involvement with the Courts, administrative tribunals and the private bar is expected.

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low-income clients in a fourteen county area of western New York including the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region.  The Elmira office directly serves the residents of Chemung and Schuyler Counties.  Our staff work closely across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing law related issues affecting our clients and communities. 

Requirements:  Admission to the New York State Bar is required and at least two years of experience is preferred.  Experience with the courts and agencies in Schuyler and Chemung Counties is an advantage but not a requirement.  Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills and be able to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  In addition, applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to helping low income and disadvantaged people overcome barriers to housing, medical and income supports.

Salary:  Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments.  The entry level salary for a Staff Attorney is $46,500 increasing to $52,600 for an attorney with five years experience.  LawNY, Inc.® provides an excellent health and benefit package as well as generous leave provisions.

Procedure:  Internal applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interest and qualifications, resume, writing sample and (3) references to: by March 20, 2017.

*Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. This position is exempt pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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