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Elder Law Attorney in Brooklyn, NY

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Company name

Legal Aid Society of New York

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Elder Law

Years of Experience

Min 8 yrs required


Brooklyn, NY

Date Last Verified

Oct 12,2017

Posted on

Oct 11,2017

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Civil Practice Director of Elder Law Duties: Lead efforts to grow and support an Elder Law Practice in all boroughs and will act as a coordinator of elder law services citywide. Will be responsible for the overall direct administration and oversight of a dedicated, interdisciplinary team in the handling of a broad range of civil legal services for senior citizens, with an emphasis on housing (especially Rent Control/Rent Stabilization and government housing subsidy issues) and government benefits (such as Social Security/SSI disability and non-disability issues, Medicaid, Medicare, home care, SCRIE/DRIE, public assistance, adult protective services), as well as consumer law, guardianship, and advance directives. Together with the Civil Practice Attorney-in-Charge, provide legal and managerial leadership for the Civil Practice in Elder Law. Overall office management and operations. Develop and coordinate citywide Elder Law Practice. Supervise, train, and mentor staff attorneys, social workers, paralegals, and volunteers. Monitor and maintain a high standard of representation and client service. Maintain reasonable individual caseload. Develop impact and/or affirmative litigation. Assist with planning and conducting citywide and statewide coalition meetings and task forces. Evaluate Practice needs and identify necessary resources to address the needs. Assist with the development, funding, implementation, and reporting of programs. Maintain the grants supporting the practice and coordinate grant projects. Coordinate intake. Provide oversight of pro bono initiatives as they relate to Elder Law Practice. Respond to client, community, and staff concerns. Foster and encourage teamwork and communication. Reinforce and maintain staff accountability. Participate in Practice-wide and Society-wide management discussions and decision making. Develop and maintain community support and relationships with community-based organizations, advocates, government agencies, elected officials, and the courts. Represent the Civil Practice and Legal Aid in the community. Conduct community education, training, and outreach, and promote the work of the office and the Civil Practice.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: Admission to the NYS Bar. 8+ years legal practice required. Demonstrated experience, preferably minimum of 3 years, working with the senior population. Experience litigating in various legal forums, including State and federal courts. Knowledge of various practice areas within civil legal services preferred. Experience in the implementation and development of projects. Excellent oral and written advocacy skills. Excellent litigation skills and experience litigating individual and group cases. Demonstrated commitment and experience in public interest law. Supervisory and management experience preferred. Demonstrated leadership ability. Grant-writing and fundraising experience preferred. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. Commitment to exploring alternative approaches for legal practice. Ability to work in and value of a collaborative team model. Pro bono, government, public service, and academic experience is desirable, but not required. Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required. Demonstrated commitment to addressing fundamental issues of poverty and justice particularly as they concern senior citizens within a comprehensive civil legal services model of representation. Demonstrated commitment to close collaboration between attorneys and social workers. Interest in creative approaches to management and staff development.
Posting End Date-11:59 pm EST October 16, 2017

Additional info

Ref #17-268

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Legal Aid Society of New York
120 Schermerhorn
Room 403E
Brooklyn, NY 11201