• Full Time
  • Utica, NY, USA
  • $70,000-$100,540 USD / Year

Website Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc..

POSITION TITLE                                                Staff Attorney

PRACTICE AREA/DEPARTMENT                   Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) 

OFFICE LOCATION                                           Utica

SALARY RANGE                                                $70,000 – $100,540 (DOE)

SUPERVISOR                                                    Christina Reilly, Esq., Managing Attorney

POSTING DATE:                                                March 1, 2024

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York (LASMNY), Inc. is actively seeking two dynamic full-time Staff Attorneys to represent clients for its Disability Advocacy Program (DAP). This includes representing eligible clients in administrative proceedings and hearings before the Social Security Administration. The positions are based in our Utica, NY office and report to the Managing Attorney.

 Essential Job Functions

  • Represents clients in administrative proceedings and hearings before the Administrative Law Judges to maintain and obtain SSDI/SSI benefits.
  • Provides direct and comprehensive legal services to eligible clients including but not limited to advice, negotiation and administrative advocacy.
  • Maintain accurate records and statistics for the coordination of timely reports.
  • Effectively, efficiently and objectively will communicate/interview applicants/clients for services over the phone or in person.
  • Prepare and file pleadings, motions, briefs and other legal documents.
  • Independently manage a caseload.
  • Manage data related to grant reporting process.
  • Accurately and timely record billable time and case notes in our case management system.
  • Work professionally and collaboratively with colleagues, judges, opposing counsel, court personnel, community members, bar associations, etc.
  • Show commitment to professional growth in diverse areas of law.
  • Keep up with knowledge of legal developments including completion of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses.
  • Engage in outreach and education efforts to reach community members, advocates and service providers.
  • Attend and participate in meetings and trainings as required.
  • Comply with all Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and LASMNY regulations, policies and procedures, to include but not limited to the Case Management Policy, and grant based reporting requirements.
  • Perform responsibilities and duties based upon department needs and requirements as assigned by the supervisor.

Job Qualifications 

  • Law degree from an accredited law school.
  • New York State (NYS) Bar admission.
  • Prior legal services, trial and litigation experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving indigent community members.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office or related software and computerized legal research.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy, legal research, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently and collaboratively with individuals both within and outside LASMNY.
  • A commitment to professional growth, excellent organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for direct client services and commitment to social justice required.
  • Bilingual or multilingual a plus.
  • Travel is required.
  • Other qualifying factors include: the nature and extent of prior legal experience, knowledge and understanding of the legal problems and needs of low-income individuals. Prior experience in the client community or in other programs to aid the low-income individuals, ability to communicate effectively and responsibly with persons in the client community and cultural similarity with the client community.

A commitment to professional growth, excellent organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for direct client services and commitment to social justice required. Other qualifying factors include: the nature and extent of prior legal experience, knowledge and understanding of the legal problems and needs of the poor, prior experience in the client community or in other programs to aid the poor, ability to communicate with persons in the client community; and cultural similarity with the client community.

Salary

The salary range for this position is $70,000 – $100,540, depending on experience (DOE).

 LASMNY offers a generous benefit package. Most benefits available as of date of hire. Medical, Vision, Dental, Basic/Voluntary Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Flexible Savings Accounts, 403(b), SEP/IRA, Mileage Reimbursement, Training, CLE Registration Fees, Attorney Registration Fee, Local & NYS Bar Dues, Vacation, Sick, Personal, Parental Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Bar Exam Leave, EAP, Moving Expenses, Parking, Loan Repayment, Relocation Assistance and (14) Holidays.

APPLICATION PROCESS

We encourage interested, qualified candidates to apply for this position by sending a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references to [email protected]

Equal Opportunity Employer | Affirmative Action Employer

Fighting for Equal Justice for All | Diversity. Equity. Inclusion.

Visit us at www.lasmny.org

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@lasmny.org