Her Justice provides free legal services in family, divorce and immigration law to low-income women living in New York City. Founded in 1993, Her Justice recruits volunteer attorneys from the City’s law firms to stand side-by-side with women who cannot afford to pay for a lawyer, giving them a real chance to obtain legal protections that transform their lives.
Women in crisis can’t wait and Her Justice believes that all women with urgent safety and financial needs
deserve legal representation. Legal services agencies in New York City turn away eight out of nine people
who come to them for help. They simply cannot hire enough lawyers to meet the overwhelming need. As a result, most low-income women go to family and immigration court alone, without a lawyer, and often lose cases they could win—crucial cases that would free them and their children from abuse and give them additional income to support their families and the legal right to remain in this country and not be separated from their children.
Her Justice leverages the time of its highly-experienced staff attorneys by focusing on recruiting, training and mentoring volunteer attorneys at major Manhattan law firms. Last year, Her Justice provided, through its network of pro bono attorneys and other professionals, nearly $33 million in donated legal services, giving determined and courageous survivors—women who once felt powerless—the ability to take back control from their abusers, improve their children’s lives and build a stronger community for us all. The organization’s operating budget for the current fiscal year is $4.8 million.
Her Justice seeks a dynamic, strategic leader who is passionate about serving the underserved to succeed
its visionary founding executive director. Her Justice adopted an ambitious five-year strategic plan in
June 2012 and is on secure financial footing, with an extensive network of loyal institutional and
individual donors and collaborative community partners. Working closely with a dedicated and generous
board of directors and highly-experienced and talented senior staff, the new Executive Director will set the future direction for Her Justice. Specific responsibilities include:
Her Justice seeks an individual who will bring additional vision, insights and experiences to the current
strategic plan and a strong commitment to achieving its primary goals.
Board of Directors
The Executive Director is an ex officio member of the board of directors, participating fully in all
discussions and decision-making around organizational vision, strategy, fundraising, finances, operations,
governance and planning. The Executive Director participates actively in the recruitment of new board
members who are attracted to the mission of Her Justice and have the capacity to expand the
organization’s fundraising potential from both outside and within the legal community.
Funded primarily through private institutional partnerships and two highly successful events, Her Justice
constantly seeks to diversify and expand its future funding sources and strategies. Partnering with the
board and the development team, the new Executive Director will have an active role in fundraising
initiatives across all revenue streams, so must be experienced and comfortable making pitches and direct
requests for financial support.
The Executive Director is the primary spokesperson and “face” of Her Justice, representing the
organization to all major constituencies and the general public. An important future goal is to increase
media outreach efforts to further awareness of the organization and of the positive impact Her Justice has
on the lives of its clients.
Client Services and Advocacy
The Executive Director will have an active role in stewarding existing relationships and developing new
ones within the New York City legal community. S/he must ensure the delivery of high quality legal
services to clients and expert training and mentoring to volunteers. S/he will guide and promote the
organization’s public policy and advocacy work on behalf of women and their families.
The Executive Director currently oversees an organization with 34 paid staff members, five full-time law
firm externs and numerous in-office volunteers. Her/his primary management responsibilities are to lead
and inspire the senior management team—three highly effective and committed senior directors—and to
ensure that all staff, externs and volunteers deliver work of the highest quality, offering them
meaningful opportunities for professional development.
The Executive Director develops and recommends the annual budget, ensures adequate controls and risk
management procedures, and is accountable for the achieving the current year’s operating budget against
The ideal candidate for this position will be a highly intelligent, articulate and dynamic leader who is
committed to taking Her Justice to the next level, from great to greater. Though the next Executive Director need not have a legal background, s/he will interact confidently with partners of major law firms, conveying a clear passion for serving the underserved and a desire to improve the lives of others by providing high-quality legal representation to those who can’t otherwise afford it. More specifically, the Executive Director will have:
WEBSITE: www.HerJustice.org CONTACT: Pamela Bol Riess pbr executive search 212.865.9262 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Staff Attorney
(or Staff Attorney)
Mid- to Senior- Level Litigation Attorney Position
The Center for Reproductive Rights (the “Center”), a global human rights organization founded in 1992 with expertise in constitutional and international law, seeks a Senior Staff Attorney (or Staff Attorney) to litigate for the U.S. Legal Program, to be based in its New York City headquarters. The Center’s mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as a fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill.
The Senior Staff Attorney will join the team of an innovative and cutting-edge organization committed to promoting the equality, reproductive health, and self-determination of women throughout the world. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise in U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law. The Center works across the globe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, abortion services and comprehensive sexuality information.
The Senior Staff Attorney (or Staff Attorney) will be joining the Center at an exciting time for the institution and at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, embodied in a new strategic plan launched in 2012, which includes a particular focus on reversing the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establishing the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S.
Read more about the position at the Center's employment page.
The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.
To apply please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references (email preferred) to: email@example.com. Please indicate “Senior Staff Attorney, [your last name] and Code 228” in the subject line. The cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference information should be sent as attachments. Please mention in your cover letter where you saw this opportunity. Mailing Address: Center for Reproductive Rights Attn.: Senior Attorney for Litigation- Code 228 120 Wall Street, 14th Floor New York, NY 10005 Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they come in. The Center will not hold the position open for any specific time period.
Please note that this position can be based in NYC and has a base salary of approximately $60k.
The NYS Senate Democratic Conference is seeking applicants to fill the position of Associate Counsel. The incumbent, who reports directly to the Counsel and Deputy Counsel for the Democratic Conference, will be responsible for performing the following: – Providing legal, policy and budget analysis, and central staff support, for the Senate Democratic Conference on matters referred to the Senate standing committees on Education and Higher Education
Strong writing and oratory skills are required; legislative experience is preferred.
To apply, please send resume to Marilyn Gallagher at Gallaghe@nysenate.gov.
STAFF ATTORNEY [LGLF-38]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
NATIONAL SECURITY PROJECT, NY
For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The National Security Project of the ACLU’s National office in New York City seeks applications for a full-time Staff Attorney position.
The National Security Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, which works to strengthen democratic institutions and values, including the values of government transparency and accountability, and to reinforce the United States’ commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The Center for Democracy includes, in addition to the National Security Project, the Human Rights Project and the Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology.
The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. The Project believes that our nation’s core democratic values are the foundation of its strength and security, and that our government’s response to national security concerns must comport with those values. Through litigation and advocacy strategies, the National Security Project responds to specific government measures, and strives also to educate the public and shape the law so that the courts, Congress, and citizenry can serve as an enduring check against abuse.
The National Security Project’s litigation and advocacy focuses on issues including: government surveillance, targeted killing, unlawful detention, accountability for torture, discrimination, censorship, and secrecy.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Staff Attorney will report to the Director of the National Security Project and should be prepared to contribute to all aspects of the Project’s litigation and non-litigation work, including but not limited to:
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in our work; a resume; two references; and two writing samples unedited by others, at least one of which should be a legal research memo, brief, or article. Applicants who graduated from law school within the last six years should include their law school transcript. Please send materials to hrjobsNSP@aclu.org and reference [RE: LGLF-38/LATACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to National Security Project postings. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials. Alternatively applications can be mailed to: National Security Project American Civil Liberties Union Foundation RE: [LGLF-38/LATACLU-W] 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10004 Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice. The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact HRJobsINCLReq@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to this email address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply. The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.
MARRIAGE CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST [ASD-41]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department, NY
For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country, including the fight for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country's largest team of lobbyists, communication strategists, policy advocates, public interest lawyers, members, and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department (ASA) of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City is seeking a full-time Marriage Campaign Strategist to join the ACLU’s National Marriage Campaign team. The position is for a duration of three years.
On the heels of our historic Supreme Court victory dismantling the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor, the ACLU launched Out for Freedom, an ambitious campaign to bring the freedom to marry to the entire country through a strategic litigation, legislative, ballot, and communications strategy.
The Marriage Campaign Strategist will be part of an exciting interdisciplinary team that is focusing on reaching 20 states with the freedom to marry and increasing nationwide public support to 60% by 2016, in order to lay the foundation for a favorable Supreme Court ruling to win marriage nationwide.
The Marriage Campaign Strategist will report to the National Marriage Campaign Manager, and will work in partnership with state ACLU affiliates and coalition partners, to plan and organize winning state campaigns. The campaign team will use tactics such as lobbying, polling and message research, earned and paid media, targeted constituent outreach, voter persuasion and turnout, grasstops engagement and deployment, and mobilization of the one million members in the ACLU activist network.
• Plan and implement multi-state campaigns to win the freedom to marry in key states in partnership with ACLU affiliates and other coalition partners.
• Provide legislative and strategic political guidance and tools to ACLU affiliates and state partners, including power-mapping, strategies for lobbying, decision-maker targeting, effective coalition building, community organizing, messaging and persuasion tactics, and public engagement in furtherance of the freedom to marry.
• Collaborate with colleagues in the ACLU National Office’s Communications, Legal, and Development Departments to enhance the effectiveness of the campaign.
• Develop and produce advocacy tools for ACLU affiliates to assist their state-based advocacy.
• Monitor state policy activity, including legislation, relevant to marriage equality.
• Coordinate ACLU affiliates’ participation in the National Office’s federal advocacy campaigns.
• Assist in the administration of grants awarded by the National Office to affiliates.
• Participate in national and state coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals.
• Speak publicly at national, state, and local forums, conferences, and meetings.
• Bachelor’s degree and at least four (4) or more years of successful experience developing, leading, or implementing electoral, legislative, or issue campaigns.
• Experience working on marriage equality required.
• Demonstrated understanding of the legislative process, ballot campaigns, and political strategic planning.
• Familiarity with an expansive toolbox of strategies to move decision-makers and voters, including paid and earned media, message testing, persuasion tactics, field organizing, online activism and constituent engagement.
• Experience working in coalition, including developing shared plans, coordinating external and internal communications, and understanding internal political dynamics among partner groups.
• Excellent analytic, writing, and strategic planning skills.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to take initiative, think creatively, problem solve, work well under pressure, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively under tight deadlines.
• Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels in the organization, including the ability to work with colleagues remotely.
• Willingness to travel frequently.
• Must possess and demonstrate the drive and dedication to move work from concept to implementation and completion.
• Commitment to civil liberties and social justice issues.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY Please send a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to hrjobsASAD@aclu.org - Reference [ASD-41/LAT] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Affiliate Supporting and Advocacy Department posting. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials. Alternatively applications can be mailed to: Affiliate Support and Advocacy Department American Civil Liberties Union Foundation [Re: ASD-41/LAT] 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10004 Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and or posting at any time without advance notice. The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsINCLReq@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply. The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”
The Pace Women’s Justice Center is an independently-funded legal services center within Pace University School of Law, under the 501(c)(3) nonprofit status of Pace University. Founded in 1991, it was the first academic legal center in the country devoted to training attorneys and others on domestic violence issues. The Center’s mission is to end abuse by providing innovative legal programs including direct legal representation for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse, training, community education and outreach, service coordination, and information and referrals. Today, with a staff of 24 and over 9,000 hours contributed annually by pro-bono attorneys, volunteers, and law students, the Center provides direct legal services to over 2,800 victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse and conducts over 100 training and outreach events each year.
PWJC is seeking a litigation staff attorney who is committed to the Center’s mission and work. This position is for 4 days a week (80% FTE) to provide civil legal representation for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse. The range of legal services provided for domestic violence victims runs the spectrum from legal information, referrals, advice, brief services, advocacy and negotiation, to full representation in litigated court matters. The substantive legal areas often include but are not limited to, protection orders, custody and visitation, child and spousal support, divorce and all the ancillary issues, benefits, unemployment, housing, consumer, and other legal matters. For victims of elder abuse, the legal matters may also include assistance with public benefits applications, long term care issues and other services that may be necessary. The attorney will also be expected to participate in training and outreach efforts to publicize the Center's services and reach new clients.
· Intake and individual case work on both domestic violence and elder abuse cases
· Litigation in state courts (primarily Family and Supreme)
· Participation in community education, training and outreach
· Collaboration with Center staff attorneys on litigation matters and strategies
· Data collection
· Preparation of program reports, as necessary
· Travel is required throughout Westchester County
· Member in good standing of the New York State Bar
· Minimum 3 years of legal experience, including litigation, or its equivalent
· Experience with and/or knowledge of litigation issues associated with domestic violence cases and elder abuse cases
· Demonstrated commitment to public interest law
· Outstanding organizational, planning and time management skills
· Must have driver's license and own vehicle
· English/Spanish bilingual preferred
· Excellent interpersonal skills
· Outstanding communication and writing skills
· Proficient computer skills
Pace University offers a competitive total rewards package including tuition benefits for employees & their family; flexible work-life options; and generous time off.
Pace University is an Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Employer, committed to ensuring a diverse learning and working environment.
Please visit https://careers.pace.edu and select Staff Positions to view this opportunity by its job title “Staff Attorney, New Rochelle/Elder” or Posting Number 0601926. Applicants will be notified if an interview is to be scheduled. No phone inquiries please.
The City of New York's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings ("OATH") is a rapidly expanding and fast-paced tribunal that conducts administrative hearings for a wide range of City agencies, boards and commissions. Its mission is providing fair and timely hearings through independent adjudication and creative problem-solving.
OATH is seeking a dynamic and experienced attorney to serve as an Assistant General Counsel. This person will work closely with the General Counsel to provide a wide range of legal and policy advice and support to the agency and its four constituent tribunals. The ideal candidate is an intelligent and energetic individual who relishes the responsibilities and opportunities for growth afforded by an agency that is committed to positive institutional change.
Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:
*Reviewing agency procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and policies, including performing audits as necessary
*Participating in agency-wide policy making
*Analyzing agency rules; engaging in rulemaking as needed
*Identifying and researching new or evolving legal issues
*Reviewing and preparing legal documents, including contracts, forms, notices, correspondence and memoranda of understanding
*Coordinating with the NYC Law Department on litigation matters involving the agency
*Serving as liaison to City agencies whose violations are adjudicated by the OATH tribunals
*Responding to requests for information or documents
*Handling special assignments and projects
*Assisting the General Counsel with highly sensitive or confidential matters
*Handling employee discipline cases involving misconduct or incompetence
*Responding to and investigating ethics complaints
Admission to the New York State Bar; and four years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience
subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an
administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work.
Excellent writing, legal research and analytical skills
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
Admission to the New York State Bar
Applicant must be a City resident within 90 days of appointment. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample, along with salary history, to Karen Livingston, Assistant Commissioner for Employee Services, Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, 40 Rector Street, 18th floor, New York, NY 10006. You may also email your resume to HROATH@oath.nyc.gov. No telephone calls, faxes or personal inquiries please. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please indicate JVN 820-2013-114867 on your submission.
The Environmental Control Board ("ECB") is one of four administrative courts overseen by the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings ("OATH"). ECB conducts hearings based on violations issued by various NYC agencies against individuals and businesses for alleged violations of the City's laws and regulations. ECB conducts approximately 250,000 hearings each year, is comprised of over 300 employees, and operates offices in all five boroughs of the City.
ECB is seeking a creative, detail oriented, and experienced attorney to serve as its Executive Director. As the leader of a large and dynamic organization, it is essential that the Executive Director have substantial managerial experience and strong organizational abilities. Pro-activemanagement and creative problem solving are desirable skills. This position requires exceptional inter-personal and communication skills as well as strong writing and analytical abilities. The ability to perform data analysis is also required.
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the ECB, serves as a Deputy Commissioner at the agency level, and reports directly to the Commissioner/Chief Judge of OATH. In this role, the Executive Director must ensure that all hearings are fair and timely, and that all operations of the court reflect OATH's values of excellence, professionalism, efficiency, transparency, and access to justice for all parties.
The tasks for which the Executive Director will be responsible include, but are not limited to: ensuring that decisions are legally sound and are issued within established time frames; managing attorneys and non-legal staff in accordance with the relevant codes of conduct, rules and regulations; setting and monitoring performance indicators; developing long and short term strategies that enhance operational and adjudicatory efficiency; preparing and implementing annual strategic initiatives; managing relationships with numerous NYC agencies and key stakeholders; utilizing technology to enhance the mission and goals of ECB; participating in monthly meetings of the ECB Board; and responding to media and public inquiries. The Executive Director will also oversee all of ECB's facilities to ensure an appropriate
environment for the hearings.
A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and at least ten (10) years of substantive legal experience, and at least five (5) years of experience in a senior supervisory position.
Special Note: This position is classified in the non-competitive class
PLEASE NOTE: New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.
Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
Applicant must be a City resident within 90 days of appointment. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample, along with salary history, to Karen Livingston, Assistant Commissioner for Employee Services, Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, 40 Rector Street, 18th floor, New York, NY 10006. You may also email your resume to HROATH@oath.nyc.gov. No telephone calls, faxes or personal inquiries please. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please indicate JVN number 820-2013-115633 on your submission.
Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Central Islip, New York
Touro Law Center seeks a Visiting Professor & Director of a new Disaster Relief Clinic. The position is open immediately. The Disaster Relief Clinic will represent Long Island clients on legal matters related to the destruction and dislocation caused by Hurricane Sandy. The Clinic Director will supervise up to twelve (12) students each semester who will represent clients in these cases conduct community education and coordinate with other community organizations responding to the ravages of the storm. The Director will also teach a weekly seminar which will focus on the substantive law and procedures entailed in the clinics work and the lawyering skills needed to successfully represent clients in these matters. Students will separately enroll in a Disaster Law course.
Additional responsibilities may include:
Providing instruction and guidance on ethical and professional standards for law practice
Developing the syllabus and teaching materials for the weekly seminar with the assistance of the Director of the Clinics
Developing cooperative relationships with community agencies and the pro bono programs of the local bar associations
Community education in areas of the Clinics activities
Developing and participating in CLE programs
Coordinating with agencies in Touros Public Advocacy Center, a cooperative project with 13 pro bono organizations, housed at the Law Center
Minimum qualifications include a J.D. or L.L.M. from an accredited law school, admission to the New York State Bar or eligibility for admission, at least 5 years experience in law practice. The ideal candidate will have experience in clinical teaching or supervising lawyers and involvement in community education. Salary is commensurate with experience.
J.D. or LLM
Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and the names of 3 references to: Prof. Marianne Artusio at MarianneA@tourolaw.edu Potential candidates with questions regarding the position itself, their qualifications, or any related matter are encouraged to contact Prof. Marianne Artusio, at MarianneA@tourolaw.edu or 631-761-7090.
MFY Legal Services 50th Anniversary Fellowship
Medical-Legal Partnership Serving Children with Disabilities
MFY Legal Services, Inc. (MFY), a non-profit legal services organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers, seeks applicants for its 50th Anniversary Fellowship to begin immediately. This is a two-year fellowship leading to a staff position at MFY at the conclusion of the Fellowship. The Fellow will develop a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) with the child & adolescent psychiatric service of a local hospital to serve children with a range of mental and intellectual disabilities in special education matters, including advocacy, hearings and litigation; and to advise and provide representation to the children’s families about government benefits, including SSI/SSD benefits, health insurance benefits, SNAP, and other federal, state, and local benefits. The attorney will practice before administrative agencies and in state and federal court. The Fellow will be on-site at the hospital at least one day a week. As the project grows, the Fellow will recruit pro bono lawyers to assist in serving the children and their families.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Developing and fostering the new MLP with hospital staff;
• Working as part of a team with hospital staff to identify, address, and resolve legal issues affecting patients;
• Conducting client intake on site at the hospital and on the telephone, at clinics, or in the office;
• Providing legal advocacy and representation at administrative hearings and in all phases of litigation;
• Identifying potential issues for impact or class-action litigation or policy initiatives in partnership with hospital staff;
• Engaging in outreach to and education of community and client groups;
• Working in coalition with advocacy groups;
• Providing testimony before legislative bodies; and
• Maintaining records in office database.
• Two years of experience serving children in special education matters;
• Admitted to practice law in New York;
• Knowledge of public benefits;
• Fluency in Spanish or a Chinese dialect;
• Ability to balance program management with individual caseload;
• Self-starter with leadership skills and ability to develop new initiatives; and
• Excellent research and writing skills.
Prior experience in a medical-legal partnership a plus.
Salary is pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement depending on year of graduation, with excellent fringe benefits.
Applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample addressed to Kevin Cremin, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “50th Anniversary Fellowship Application” in the subject line. Please indicate where you saw this posting. Due to the volume of resumes received for recent postings, we will respond only to applicants selected for interviews. For further information about MFY, please go to www.mfy.org. MFY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
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