Legal Services Paralegal (Olean, NY)




The Olean office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY® ) has an immediate opening for a Paralegal in our Disability Advocacy Project.  The Paralegal’s duties will include initial client intake interviews, factual investigation of clients’ cases, legal research, preparing legal documents, and representing clients at disability hearings.  The Paralegal’s duties will also include grant administration and supervision of the AmeriCorps paralegal program and additional office duties as needed.


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 Olean office serves Cattaraugus County and provides representation primarily in the areas of housing, government benefits, and family law.   We are looking for a Paralegal who can meet with clients who have been denied Supplemental Security Income benefits and/or Social Security Disability benefits, gather their medical evidence, evaluate the merits of their case, make recommendations regarding representation to an experienced supervising attorney and provide representation at administrative hearings when appropriate.


Requirements:  College degree and/or a combination of education and relevant work experience, is required.  Applicants must have excellent organization and writing skills.   The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work with minimal supervision.  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 a cover letter describing qualifications, resume, and the names of three references by October 31,, 2018 to ensure full consideration.  Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. Applications should be emailed to Jeffrey Reed, Managing Attorney at:   Applicants can also apply via

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.

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