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Monday December 11 2017
     

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STAFF ATTORNEYS/PARALEGALS - DISABILITY ADVOCACY

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY) seeks four (4) staff attorneys or paralegals to perform Disability Advocacy Program (DAP) services throughout the geographic area served by LASMNY as needed. These positions can be held out of the Utica, Syracuse or Binghamton offices; it is anticipated that some travel will be required.

LASMNY's program area covers thirteen counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. In addition, LASMNY operates a statewide Farmworker Law Project from its New Paltz office.

Job Responsibilities: The staff attorney or paralegal will represent clients in administrative proceedings and hearings before Administrative Law Judges to obtain SSD/SSI benefits. The staff attorney or paralegal will also provide comprehensive legal services including advice, negotiation and administrative advocacy and will carry a substantial caseload. The position also requires that the staff attorney or paralegal satisfy grant and office reporting requirements. The staff attorney or paralegal will work under the supervision of a managing attorney.

Qualifications: Prior experience preferred but not necessary.

Salary and Benefits: Salary depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

LASMNY seeks to be a well balanced multi-cultural organization. People of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.

To Apply: Please send resume, writing sample, and three references to:
Paul Lupia, Executive Director
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
268 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
E-mail: Jobs@LASMNY.org.



ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT - UTICA, NY

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY) seeks an Accounting Assistant in the Utica Office to assist the Chief Financial Officer in providing accounting support to the program: meeting goals, objectives, and reporting requirements of the Legal Services Corporation, and other funding sources.

Job Responsibilities: Process and track accounts payable invoices, including verifying vendor invoices, coding invoices to appropriate expense accounts and entering into accounting system . Obtain all relevant information and review timekeeping records in order to generate and submit invoices for contract billing. Maintain client trust account and petty cash management. Log incoming cash receipts. Prepare reports for CFO by collecting, analyzing and summarizing account information. Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Financial Officer and/or Executive Director.

LASMNY's program area covers thirteen counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. In addition, LASMNY operates a statewide Farmworker Law Project from its New Paltz office.

Qualifications: Minimum of Associate Degree in accounting, Bachelor’s Degree in accounting is preferred. Highly organized and detail oriented. Ability to manage deadlines and prioritize work load.

Salary and Benefits: Salary dependent on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

LASMNY seeks to be a well balanced multi-cultural organization. People of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.

To Apply: Please send resume and three references to:
Cheryl Edwards, CFO
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
268 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
E-mail: Jobs@LASMNY.org.



STAFF ATTORNEY - FAMILY LAW - COOPERSTOWN, NY

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY) seeks a staff attorney with experience or interest in general poverty law with an emphasis on Family Court representation for the Otsego County Conflict Defender Program and Domestic Violence representation pursuant to a New York State Domestic Violence Grant from New York DCJS and Elder Law representation pursuant to the Older Americans Act (Otsego County and Delaware County Offices for the Aging).

Job Responsibilities: Provide direct and comprehensive legal services to eligible clients including advice, negotiation, motion practice and litigation. The staff attorney will represent clients primarily in family law cases, including custody/visitation, paternity, support violations, family offenses and abuse/ neglect matters; matrimonial actions and other legal services for survivors of domestic violence; and wills, health care proxies, powers of attorney, consumer issues, amongst others for elder clients.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must be admitted to the New York State Bar. Trial experience is preferred. 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, particularly in the areas of family law; 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 and Benefits: Salary depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

LASMNY's program area covers thirteen counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. In addition, LASMNY operates a statewide Farmworker Law Project from its New Paltz office.

LASMNY seeks to be a well balanced multi-cultural organization. People of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.

Deadline: Until filled.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, names and contact information for three professional references, a writing sample, and salary expectation to:
Alice Decker, Managing Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
168 Water Street, 2nd Floor
Binghamton, New York 13901
E-mail: Jobs@LASMNY.org.



PARALEGAL/HOUSING COUNSELOR - HOMEOWNERSHIP PROTECTION PROGRAM (HOPP)

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY) seeks a Paralegal/Housing Counselor for its Homeownership Protection Program (HOPP), which provides foreclosure prevention services to low and moderate income households in the following counties in upstate New York: Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida and Otsego. The Paralegal/Housing Counselor will provide foreclosure prevention counseling services to clients facing foreclosure at all stages of the process, from pre-foreclosure notices to the auction stage.

Job Responsibilities: Job duties include: coordinating client foreclosure intake; triaging clients for appointment scheduling; creating client files and inputting data into case management system; determining clients’ objectives, goals and needs; developing an action plan to achieve set goals; providing foreclosure prevention counseling; referring cases to HOPP attorneys in-house for court-related assistance; preparing/submitting loss mitigation packets and following up with client, financial institutions, loan servicers, escalators and other providers as necessary; accompanying LASMNY HOPP attorneys to court settlement conferences as needed; and counseling clients regarding transition options. The Paralegal/Housing Counselor will be based in LASMNY's Binghamton office, but will travel to the other counties served by LASMNY's HOPP program as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or associate's degree in related field. Knowledge of and experience related to the topics of homeownership, credit/housing counseling, lending, and foreclosure prevention counseling. Minimum 2-3 years of experience in foreclosure prevention counseling, including: conducting initial client interviews; assisting clients to gather documentation needed for loss mitigation; preparing client action plans; preparing and submitting loss mitigation packets to financial institutions and loan servicers; following up with financial institutions, loan servicers, escalators and others to maximize positive loss mitigation outcomes; and counseling clients about transition options. Must have completed the Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling Certification program through NeighborWorks America. Proficiency in use of Hope Loan Port required. Ability to develop and maintain a cooperative and team-oriented working relationship with a wide range of people, including other employees, real estate professionals, financial institutions, escalators, volunteers, and others. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Some travel required to meet with clients and accompany LASMNY attorneys to court-mandated settlement conferences throughout LASMNY's HOPP service area.

Salary and Benefits: Salary depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

LASMNY's program area covers thirteen counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. In addition, LASMNY operates a statewide Farmworker Law Project from its New Paltz office.

LASMNY seeks to be a well balanced multi-cultural organization. People of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.

To Apply: Please express your interest to:
Alice Decker, Managing Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
168 Water Street, 2nd Floor
Binghamton, New York 13901
E-mail: Jobs@LASMNY.org.



STAFF ATTORNEY

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY) seeks a staff attorney to implement and over see a new pro bono initiative in Broome County. The attorney will be funded by a Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grant through Legal Services Corporation.

Job Responsibilities: The attorney will work with judges, local bar associations and pro bono committees to plan and implement a new program in the town and village courts of Broome County, the “T&V Program” to provide pro bono representation to tenants facing eviction. The attorney’s responsibilities will include recruiting and training volunteer attorneys and student interns, working with court staff to develop an efficient and effective process for screening and serving eligible tenants at court, and supervising a pro bono paralegal and volunteers. In addition, the attorney will develop forms and a best practices manual for pro bono representation in T&V Courts. The attorney will work closely and collaboratively with LASMNY’s Private Attorney Involvement Program staff who have had extensive experience planning, implementing and supervising similar programs. The attorney will report to LASMNY’s Director of Pro Bono Programs.

LASMNY's program area covers thirteen counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. In addition, LASMNY operates a statewide Farmworker Law Project from its New Paltz office.

Qualifications: Candidates should be admitted to the NYS Bar and have a minimum of five years of law practice experience. Prior experience with pro bono programs and/or landlord-tenant law is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal, organizational and problem solving skills, and a commitment to social justice. Other qualifying factors include: the nature and extent of prior legal experience, knowledge and understanding of the legal problems and needs of low income persons, prior experience in the client community or in other programs to aid low income persons. Must be able to communicate effectively with clients, staff, volunteers, and court personnel. Must be able to work independently, efficiently and also collaboratively with others within and outside of LASMNY.

Salary and Benefits: Salary depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

LASMNY seeks to be a well balanced multi-cultural organization. People of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.

Deadline: November 15, 2017

To Apply: Please express your interest and salary expectation to:
Arlene Sanders, Managing Attorney for Pro Bono
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
168 Water Street, Second Floor
Binghamton, New York 13901
E-mail: Jobs@LASMNY.org.



PARALEGAL

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (“LASMNY”) seeks a paralegal help to implement and over see a new pro bono initiative in Broome County. The paralegal position is funded by a Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grant through Legal Services Corporation.

Job Responsibilities: The paralegal will assist in planning, implementing and overseeing a new program in the town and village courts of Broome County, the “T&V Program” to provide pro bono representation to tenants facing eviction. The paralegal’s responsibilities will include working with LASMNY staff to recruit and train volunteer attorneys and student interns, scheduling attorneys and interns for court, performing intake at court, and providing support to pro bono attorneys at court. Other responsibilities will include training student interns and volunteers to perform intake, preparing the calendar for pro bono attorneys, including conflicts checking and online research, and managing a pro bono caseload. The paralegal will also assist LASMNY staff in developing forms and a best practices manual for pro bono representation in T&V Courts.

LASMNY's program area covers thirteen counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. In addition, LASMNY operates a statewide Farmworker Law Project from its New Paltz office.

Qualifications: Candidates should possess a paralegal certificate from an accredited program and have a minimum of two years of paralegal experience. Prior experience with pro bono programs is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal, organizational and problem solving skills, and a commitment to social justice. Other qualifying factors include: the nature and extent of prior relevant experience, knowledge and understanding of the legal problems and needs of low income persons, prior experience in the client community or in other programs to aid low income persons. Must be able to communicate effectively with clients, staff, volunteers, and court personnel. Must be able to work independently, efficiently and also collaboratively with others within and outside of LASMNY.

Salary and Benefits: Salary depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

LASMNY seeks to be a well balanced multi-cultural organization. People of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.

Deadline: November 15, 2017

To Apply: Please express your interest and salary expectation to:
Arlene Sanders, Managing Attorney for Pro Bono
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
168 Water Street, Second Floor
Binghamton, New York 13901
E-mail: Jobs@LASMNY.org.


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