Duties: Provide a spectrum of legal assistance from advice/counsel by phone to affirmative litigations on a wide range of issues. Identify systemic problems that affect clients’ rights. Collaborate and coordinate with other staff and community partners to assure effective referrals and holistic service delivery. Conduct community outreach, education, and training. Ensure that all written work product is grammatically correct, carefully edited, well written, and appropriate for its audience. Develop relationships and engage in collaborations with a range of public and private community partners, including governmental agencies, courts, and community-based organizations, to ensure integrative services and address systemic barriers facing our client community. Demonstrate cultural competency to work with clients challenged by poverty across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio?economic status, age, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and limited English proficiency. Develop a substantive knowledge of all areas of law that impact our clients. Maintain current knowledge of developments in law, civil procedure, and civil litigation law and strategies. Develop a substantive knowledge of the social and economic forces that create poverty and inequality in the United States. Communicate with clients (including groups of clients), co-workers, community partners, opposing counsel, judges and court staff effectively. Analyze applicable legal issues, perform legal research skills, plan case strategy. Gather facts, give appropriate advice and referral, draft all necessary documents, negotiate settlements if appropriate, Try cases effectively in city, county, state and/or federal court and administrative hearings. Address issues in a timely manner. Organize and maintain appropriate documentation of activities. Show commitment to bringing justice to WNY residents challenged by poverty. Use computers as needed, including word processing and email. Engage in progressively more complex litigation and show creativity in advocacy. Maintain contacts with community agencies and local client groups. Speak to community groups and others and prepare materials for presentation. Prioritize and implement NLS policies and procedures appropriately. Follow instructions from a supervisor.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Must have a Juris Doctorate degree and may have a pending New York State Bar Membership. Previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities preferred. Legal services background, or knowledge of general civil legal work. Familiarity with the diverse communities is a plus. Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with the ability to be detail?oriented. Second language fluency is preferred. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic and multi?sector team. Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision. Demonstrate a willingness to work as a team, and an overall positive attitude. Demonstrate good judgment, ability to handle stress, and initiative on a consistent basis.
Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and at least 3 references.
Neighborhood Legal Services
225 Old Falls Street,
Niagara Falls, NY 14303