Legal Services Staff Attorney

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Job location
361 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Legal Assistance of Western New York
Street address: 
361 South Main Street
New York
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Geneva office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an immediate
opening for a full-time staff attorney in our family law unit. LawNY® is a not-for-profit law firm which provides civil legal services to low-income clients in a fourteen-county region in the Finger Lakes and western New York State. The Geneva office serves five of those fourteen counties (Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates) and provides representation primarily in the areas of housing, family law, government benefits, elder law, education, civil rights and consumer law. Our 30 member Geneva 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.


Requirements: Admission to New York State bar and at least 2 years of experience. Special consideration will be given to applicants with experience in family court proceedings. Applicants must have excellent legal advocacy and writing skills, and must be willing to interact and build effective working relationships with community organizations and government agencies. Working with other LawNY® staff members and the community, the attorneys will help develop strategies, including affirmative litigation, to address systemic problems that adversely impact poor people. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to helping poor and disadvantaged people overcome institutional barriers to access employment, housing, and income supports. Proficiency in Spanish is an advantage, but is not required.

To apply: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their interest and qualifications, along with a resume, writing sample and the names of three references by May 9, 2016 to ensure full consideration. Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. Applications should be sent by email to Managing Attorney Keith McCafferty at: [email protected].

Equal OpportunityLawNY® is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. This position is exempt pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employer
Salary range: 
Salary is dependent on experience, and will increase annually based upon LawNY®’s salary scale. The salary for an attorney with two years of experience is $48,900. LawNY® provides an excellent health insurance, disability and benefits package.
Submission deadline: 
Monday, May 9, 2016