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Organization TypePublic Interest
Date Last Verified
Years of Experience
ProfileDirector of Impact Litigation/Supervising Attorney Duties: Develop, manage and supervise systemic litigation: Identify impact litigation opportunities across the state. Working with the Supervising & Staff Attorneys, ensure ongoing development of litigation on issues that impact clients. Oversee all impact litigation activities, including investigation, research, discovery, motion pictures, trial work, and appellate practice. Review pleadings, briefs, letters, presentations, and other attorney work product. Ensure that attorneys are seeking attorneysâ€™ fees where appropriate. Maintain an active caseload of representation of cases in the areas of foreclosure, public benefits and health care. Develop and expand collaborations with partner organizations and private firms in Western New York and across the country on litigation and other systems change efforts. Assist the CEO in developing and implementing priorities, including the development of litigation strategies, budgets and resource development. Support and supervise a team of experienced and newer attorneys, Ensure high-quality representation by attorneys through regular case review, advocacy skills training, and other quality assurance mechanisms. Ensure legal work incorporates best practices. Contribute to the development and implementation of organization policies and procedures related to litigation, representation and related matters. Regularly report on casework, including contributing to reports to funders. Provide orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation of attorneys and others as assigned. Lead regular meetings of legal staff to discuss issues impacting our clients and develop creative legal strategies. Assist in setting targets for attorneyâ€™s fees in the annual budget and lead the staff in meeting those targets. Work collaboratively with policy, outreach, and fiscal management staff on systems change efforts. Participate in traditional media appearances (TV and radio), social media activities, and other communication efforts, including, with the input of our Communications Director, drafting press releases and newsletters related to litigation. Stay current with relevant changes in state and federal law. Maintain continuing legal education requirements required by the NY bar and attend trainings to maintain and improve or refine advocacy skills and substantive knowledge.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree from an accredited law school; licensed to practice law in New York. 10+ years practicing law experience. 3 yearsâ€™ experience in providing direct supervision of attorneys engaged in litigation practice. Commitment to enforcing and expanding the rights of low income persons across New York through individual and systemic litigation. Strong analytical and strategic skills and experience developing litigation. Exceptional skills in drafting complex briefs, pleadings and motions, conducting depositions, and trial work. Passion about litigation and the use of litigation to improve the lives of older persons, persons with low incomes and persons with disabilities. Experience with class action, major impact, or other systemic litigation. Experience in some or all of the following: foreclosure defense, disability law, consumer law, and health law including, but not limited to Medicaid, Medicare, the Americans with Disability Act and/or other federal or state laws impacting our target populations.
Send cover letter expressing interest in and qualifications for the position; resume; description of significant state and federal cases litigated, including your role in them; and a writing sample/brief (not to exceed 30 pages).
Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ)
438 Main Street,
Buffalo, NY 14202