POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT (August 2018)
LEGAL SERVICES PARALEGAL (GENEVA, NY)
The Geneva office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY® ) has an immediate opening for a Paralegal to assist with our housing and public benefits work. The Paralegal’s duties will include initial client intake interviews, factual investigation of clients’ cases, legal research, grant reporting, preparing legal documents, and communication with clients, opposing counsel, and the courts. The Paralegal’s duties will also include direct advocacy for clients needing assistance with public benefits issues, including representation at administrative hearings.
Program: LawNY® is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low-income clients in a fourteen-county region in the Finger Lakes and western New York State. The Geneva office serves five of those fourteen counties (Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates) and provides representation primarily in the areas of housing, government benefits, family law, elder law, education, civil rights and consumer law. Our 35 member Geneva staff includes attorneys, paralegals, and a legal support team who work closely across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing law related issues affecting our clients and community.
Requirements: College degree and/or a combination of relevant work experience and education is required. Applicants must have excellent organizational, analytical, and writing skills, as well as a high level of comfort with public speaking. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with minimal supervision are necessary. A commitment to helping poor and disadvantaged people overcome institutional barriers to legal access is desired. Proficiency in Spanish is an advantage, but is not required.
Salary: Salary is dependent on experience. The salary for a Paralegal who is credited with five years of experience is $31,300. The initial salary will increase annually based upon LawNY®’s salary scale. LawNY® provides an excellent health insurance, disability and employee benefits package.
Procedure: Applicants should submit: (1) a cover letter describing qualifications, (2) resume, and (3) the names of three references by August 20, 2018 to ensure full consideration. Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. Applications should be sent by email to Kate Woods, Deputy Director at: email@example.com. Applicants can also apply via Indeed.com.
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. ® (LawNY®) is an equal opportunity employer. LawNY® encourages applications from diverse candidates. 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. This position is considered non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.