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Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Senior Law Project. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated attorney who is passionate about providing free legal services to older adults with limited resources in New York City with a focus on end of life and incapacity planning as well as on a wide range of other civil legal issues. This role will report to the Senior Law Project Supervising Attorney and is part of union ALAA UAW Local

Organizational Mission: For 40 years, VOLS has partnered with New York City’s leading law firms and companies as well as community-based organizations to help close the access to justice gap for low-income New Yorkers. VOLS provides free, civil legal services to New Yorkers with limited resources, including seniors, veterans, individuals entitled to public benefits, immigrant youth, children and their families, mothers in prison or jail, and small business owners. Last year, VOLS assisted clients on more than 4,000 legal matters, and our services benefited over 6,200 individual New Yorkers. VOLS’ staff of 21, including 14 attorneys and law graduates, works with volunteers from over 80 law firms/companies to exponentially increase our impact. We partner with 150 community
groups to ensure that our services are accessible and address local needs.

VOLS Senior Law Project:
Founded in 1990, VOLS’s Senior Law Project coordinates pro bono legal services for New York City older adults aged 60 and over with limited resources by partnering with older adult centers, naturally occurring retirement communities, community-based organizations, and partner law firms and corporate legal departments. A core emphasis of the Project is training and supporting volunteer attorneys to assist seniors with the preparation and execution of lifeplanning documents, including wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and other advance directives. Our goal is to ensure that older adults are able to make their wishes clear, empower their chosen caregivers, and stay in the community for as long as possible. The Project also provides legal assistance to older adults on a wide range of other legal issues, including housing, consumer debt, and government benefits like Medicaid.

• Client Engagement and Intake:
o Conducting screenings of applicants for service, including obtaining necessary
demographic data, determination of eligibility, and scope of the client’s request
for assistance. This includes helpline callbacks, in-person clinics, and other
sources of intake.
• Pro Bono Support:
o Providing substantive and logistical support to volunteer attorneys with whom
VOLS matters are placed.
o Creating and conducting substantive trainings and training materials for current and potential volunteers.
o Conducting and coordinating pro bono clinics.
• Direct client representation:
o In addition to providing pro bono support, the Staff Attorney will also carry their own caseload of direct representation matters for older adult clients.
• Community engagement:
o Attending community group meetings and strengthening VOLS’ relationships
with community organizations.
o Engaging in community outreach, including workshops and presentations.
o Creating and maintaining accurate and up-to-date resource materials.
• Engage in advocacy and policy efforts to support older adults with limited resources.
• Use LegalServer, our web-based case management system, to maintain data on clients,
services, and impact.
• Participate in committees and collaborative efforts to benefit the office, as appropriate.
• Performing other duties as assigned by the Senior Law Project Supervising Attorney and Legal Director.

• Experience ranging from a law graduate eligible to be admitted to the New York State
Bar to an attorney admitted and in good standing in New York State with up to 3 years of experience.
• Familiarity with estate planning and advance directives, housing law, and/or public
benefits eligibility.
• Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work with people in crisis.
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice, providing high-quality, free legal services
to low-income New Yorkers and promoting volunteerism.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Professional fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese or another non-English language a plus.
• Experience with LegalServer or other case management platforms.
• Experience leading educational workshops and trainings.

The position will be hybrid after the first six months. The position will be fully in person during the six-month probationary period. After, employees may work remotely up to eight days per month. Local travel to meetings, clinics, and other events are required. All candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 including a Bivalent vaccine dose or latest 2023–2024 COVID vaccine formula, unless provided a reasonable accommodation pursuant to applicable federal, state and local statutes.

Compensation and benefits:
The annual salary range for this position is $66,300 – $75,990 which will be determined by our collective bargaining agreement and be commensurate with experience. VOLS offers an excellent benefits package, including health, life and disability insurance, a retirement plan to which VOLS contributes and the option to contribute to a 403(b) plan. We provide 25 days of paid vacation, 12 days of paid sick leave, and 3 personal days annually.

How to Apply:
To apply for the Senior Law Project Staff Attorney position, please email your cover letter, resume to [email protected] with the subject “Senior Law Project Staff Attorney.” Request for writing sample and 3 references to follow. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone or email inquiries, please.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment:
VOLS strives to build and maintain a diverse workplace that embraces staff with different backgrounds, identities, and experiences. We seek a diverse applicant pool and particularly welcome and encourage applicants from marginalized communities, including, but not limited to, those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, immigrants, uniformed service, people from low socio-economic
backgrounds, and those directly impacted by the legal system.

VOLS is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, creed, age, disability, sexual orientation, biological sex, gender identity/expression, family status, military service or any other status protected under the law.

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