Staff Attorney - Jamestown

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT (JANUARY 2020)

STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION (JAMESTOWN, NY) 

The Jamestown office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY®) has an immediate opening for a full-time Staff Attorney to provide legal advice and representation to low-income clients with civil legal problems. This is a General Practice position, which may include bankruptcy, housing, home mortgage and tax foreclosure, public benefits and consumer law issues. 

LawNY® is a not-for-profit organization which provides civil legal services to low-income clients in a fourteen-county region in western New York State. The Jamestown office serves Chautauqua County in western New York. LawNY® practices in a wide variety of courts, including justice court, state and county court, bankruptcy court and federal court, as well as administrative agency proceedings. Program staff includes attorneys and paralegals who work across areas of specialization to bring a holistic approach to addressing issues affecting our clients and communities. LawNY® focuses on meeting the legal needs of individual clients, as well as addressing systemic problems that create barriers for clients living in poverty. 

Requirements: Applicants should have relevant legal experience and a demonstrated commitment to working with low-income families and individuals, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. Applicants must be admitted to the New York State Bar. A practice order may be obtained for up to 18 months for law school graduates or attorneys admitted to practice in another state. Knowledge of bankruptcy, home mortgage, and tax foreclosure law would be a benefit but is not required. 

Salary: Dependent on experience. The entry-level annual salary for a newly admitted attorney with no practice experience is $50,000. LawNY® provides an excellent health insurance, disability and employee benefits package. 

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing qualifications, resume, writing sample and the name and contact information for three references by January 22, 2020, to ensure full consideration. Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. Applications should be addressed to Mr. Lynn L. Hartley, Managing Attorney, and sent to the following e-mail address: lawnyapplications@lawny.org. 

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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