Staff Attorney

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Job location
199 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Legal Aid Society
Street address: 
199 Water Street
New York
New York
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice has a Family/DV Project staff attorney position in the Staten Island Neighborhood Office. 

The Family/DV Project provides comprehensive direct legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in a broad range of civil matters, including orders of protection, divorces, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property rights, disability, housing, public benefits, health, employment, and immigration. As part of the Family/DV Practice, the staff attorney will also work in conjunction with six community based organizations that are our partners in this citywide collaboration to provide reciprocal referrals, training, back up case consultation, clinics, outreach and joint community education on various issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. The attorney will also actively participate in Citywide and Statewide committees and task forces regarding DV issues.

In this position, you will: provide client representation in City, State and federal court proceedings, administrative hearings and affirmative litigation; provide client representation and advocacy with local, State and federal agencies; provide training, community outreach and education to individuals, local community-based organizations and housing advocates; be a policy advocate; coordinate and collaborate with other groups and organizations; represent the Civil Practice and Legal Aid in the community; promote the work of the office, the Family/DV Practice and the Civil Practice; work with pro bono lawyers and partner organizations; conduct off-site intake, including during evening hours; and other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate must have: admission to NYS Bar or pending admission; excellent written and oral advocacy skills; excellent organizational skills; the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team and manage a high volume of cases; demonstrated commitment to and experience in public interest law and civil legal services; ability to work with pro bono lawyers; train and engage in community outreach and education to individuals, local community-based organizations and advocates conduct policy advocacy; coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations; proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required.

To apply: 

The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, current writing sample, transcript, references, the Applicant Questionnaire ( and the Applicant Information Form ( electronically in a single PDF document by 3/11/16 to: [email protected] and include the Job Reference Code: CIVIL-2016-011 in all correspondence and in the subject line of your email. IF ONE OR MORE OF THE REQUIRED ITEMS ARE MISSING OR IF THE APPLICATION IS NOT IN A SINGLE PDF, YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 11, 2016
Expiration date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016