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ProfileStaff Attorney - Disability Rights The candidate in the PAIMI Program is an attorney for individuals with mental illness. The Staff Attorney will provide legal services and engage in individual and systemic representation and litigation. This position reports to the Program Director. The Staff Attorney: Provides individual and systemic legal representation to ensure protection of the rights of individuals with mental illness; Analyzes existing cases as well as other matters to determine if they present systemic issues which may be appropriate for DRNY to address, and, with the Program Director, formulate strategies for their prevention, reduction or elimination; Investigates allegations of abuse and neglect; Monitors state and private facilities and service providers for abuse, neglect and compliance with federal and state laws; Drafts investigative and monitoring reports; Consults with professionals such as attorneys, physicians, psychologists, therapists, educators, and others to identify options and barriers for individuals and groups; Assists people with mental illness in advocacy and systems change efforts including law reform litigation; Supports DRNY projects and initiatives that foster self-advocacy, and coalition building; Participates on task forces, coalitions, and committees, and conduct training and outreach activities.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the New York State Bar or eligible to waive in from another jurisdiction. Should have 5+ years of legal experience representing clients. Must have demonstrated interest and commitment to public interest law. Litigation experience is needed. Public interest, civil rights, or disability law experience is desired. Experience working with diverse populations is preferred. Systemic litigation experience - in state and/or federal court is desired. Knowledge of the Protection & Advocacy system a plus.