Fair Housing Attorney- Rochester







The Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY®) Rochester Office has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney at its office located in downtown Rochester.  LawNY® is funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation and provides free legal services to low-income families and individuals.   The Rochester Office’s primary practice areas are civil rights, housing, public benefits, health law, employment, and elder law.  Our 40 member 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.


The attorney will be assigned to the Rochester Office’s Fair Housing Enforcement Project (FHEP). The mission of FHEP is to enforce the Fair Housing Act in Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Livingston and Yates counties.  The staff attorney will be responsible for providing direct representation to FHEP clients in cases involving housing discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, gender, religion, familial status and disability.  The level of services provided to FHEP clients range from advice and brief service to representing clients in litigation filed in federal court or the Division of Human Rights. In litigated cases the attorney will be responsible for the drafting of pleadings, conducting of discovery including depositions, participating in mandatory mediation and trying cases to a judge or jury. The attorney will work closely with other FHEP staff, consisting of the FHEP supervising attorney, another FHEP staff attorney, ( Testing Coordinators based in our Rochester and Geneva Offices, and support personnel.


Program: LawNY® is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low income clients in a fourteen-county region in western New York State. LawNY® staff work in a cooperative environment and all staff members are expected to assist other staff members to achieve the general purposes of our program.


Requirements: Admission to the New York State Bar is preferred. Law school graduates who have taken the first available New York State bar examination following completion of law school may qualify for a practice order pending admission to the New York State bar pursuant to the LawNY® practice order. Attorneys admitted in another jurisdiction may qualify for a practice order for up to eighteen months pursuant to a court rule. Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills, and must be able to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.  Most importantly, applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping low-income and disadvantaged people overcome barriers to housing.  Preference will be given to candidates who are bilingual in Spanish and English.


Salary/Fringe Benefits: Salary is dependent upon experience. The candidate will be placed on the LawNY® salary scale based upon their level of relevant experience. The salary for admitted attorneys with three years of experience is $ 54,500 per year.  Fringe benefits include health, dental, life insurance, short and long-term disability and generous leave time. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.


Procedure: Applicants should submit a cover letter describing qualifications, resume, writing sample and the name and contact information of (3) references by October 14, 2019 to ensure full consideration. Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled.  Applications should be addressed to the attention of Lori O’Brien, Deputy Director, and sent by e-mail to lawnyapplications@lawny.org. Candidates 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 exempt pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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