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NLS is seeking a staff attorney for the Family Law Unit. The staff attorney will advocate for individuals in need of representation in the Supreme and Family Courts of Erie County and the surrounding counties in connection with matrimonial, child custody and support, domestic violence, and related family law matters.

The staff attorney will be responsible for caseload management, legal research and writing, client contact, court appearances, trials and hearings, community outreach, and daily engagement with prospective clients and the community partners of NLS.

Essential Responsibilities / Functions:

• Develop a substantive knowledge of the areas of family law.

• Provide a spectrum of legal assistance to those applicants affectedby domestic violence and experiencing poverty, from advice and counsel by telephone, brief service assistance, and full representation through trial.

• Identify and address systemic problems that affect the rights of persons within the family law realm and attempt to develop plans to address these challenges through affirmative advocacy, impact litigation, and policy work.

• Collaborate and coordinate with NLS staff and community partners to ensure effective referrals and holistic service delivery.

• Conduct community outreach, education, and training

• 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 to address systemic barriers facing our client community.

• Demonstrate cultural competency to work with low-income clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, immigrant status, religious identity, and physical and mental disabilities.

• Meet regularly and communicate effectively with support staff, supervisors, and members of other NLS units to maintain and review efficient case management.

Core Competencies

• Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.

• Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with the ability to be detail oriented.

• Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic and multi-sector team.

• Cultural humility in working with low-income clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and limited English proficiency; and

• Familiarity with diversecommunities is a plus.

Qualifications

• J.D. and New York State Bar Membership (may be pending)

• Previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities preferred

• Second language fluency preferred

• Legal services background, or knowledge of general civil legal work preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

• Work in a shared office environment, including working at the workstation and attending meetings

• Traveling to meetings and hearings off-site.

• Use of computers and other office machines such as fax, photocopiers, and telephones.

Salary and Benefits

$60,387 to $98,981 per year salary, dependent upon experience and in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (law graduates pending admission are welcome to apply). Full-time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours.

The company offers a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. This includes health, dental, and vision insurance, 3 weeks of vacation time, 12 paid holidays, and a paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s. Additionally, employees have access to sick and personal leave, as well as eligibility for public student loan forgiveness. The company also provides $50,000 life insurance, a pension plan, HRA and Flexible Spending Accounts, and paid memberships.


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NLS is seeking an experienced attorney with a passion for innovation and a commitment to increasing access to legal services for low-income Western New Yorkers to join its dedicated team of managers, staff attorneys, paralegals, and support staff as an Assistant Supervising Attorney of the Housing Unit. 

The Assistant Supervising Attorney will be responsible for assisting with the direct supervision of Housing Unit staff. Direct supervision will include substantive supervision of staff caseloads, regular case reviews, and ensuring compliance with office wide policies and Legal Services Corporation regulations. The responsibilities will also include maintaining a caseload commensurate with supervisory duties and the supervision of the representation of individuals facing eviction and related housing issues. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the Senior Supervising Attorney of the Housing Unit to shape the direction of the Unit, and to work with the NLS Advocacy Director to identify systemic housing-related issues and develop affirmative impact litigation on behalf of tenants with the goal of removing barriers to safe, fair, and affordable housing. The Assistant Supervising Attorney will also work with the Senior Supervising Attorney to handle administrative and grant responsibilities and to build and maintain relationships with stakeholders in the legal, court, and service communities. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Reporting to the Housing Unit’s Senior Supervising Attorney, the Assistant Supervising Attorney will assist with the management of the day-to-day operations of the unit. The successful applicant will be located primarily in Buffalo but will assist with the supervision of attorneys and staff in the Niagara County offices and will be called upon to consult with attorneys across the organization, including our Batavia office, serving Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. 
  • Responsible for the regular review of the work performed, development of necessary training and unit litigation strategies. 
  • Assist with administrative duties, including developing and implementing policies and procedures for the Unit, assuring that these policies and procedures are integrated with and conform to those of the organization. 
  • Ensure that staff maintain case and client records as required in our computerized case management program. 
  • Develop and implement a community outreach and education plan to reach NLS’ service area. 
  • Review applications for service and make eligibility determinations in accordance with grant and funding requirements and assist with work assignments. 
  • Work closely with members of NLS’ management team, including finance, grants compliance, and HR staff in ensuring compliance with the organization’s fiscal and personnel policies and procedures. 
  • 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. 
  • Committed to leading by example, high professional integrity, and maintaining civility in all interactions with staff, legal opponents, and community-at-large, and capable of addressing client and staff concerns in a sympathetic and confident manner. 

Required Qualifications and Core Competencies: 

  • Law degree (JD) & active New York license. 
  • Minimum of four (4) years’ experience in a private practice or legal services setting, or the equivalent. 
  • Prior management experience in a legal setting preferred, but not required. 
  • Experience working at a legal services nonprofit preferred. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic and multi‐sector team. 
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and a demonstrated ability to ensure that all written work product is grammatically correct, carefully edited, well written, and appropriate for its audience. 
  • Demonstrated cultural competency in working with low‐income clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio‐economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and limited English proficiency. 
  • Commitment to addressing systemic poverty, race, and justice issues, as well as to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion in a diverse workplace. 

Compensation & Benefits: 

Salary range is $110,000-$115,000 and is based on experience. Full-time position with a 35-hour work week and shorter summer hours. Excellent benefits including health, dental and vision insurance, 15 vacation days; 12 paid holidays plus paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s; sick and personal leave; eligibility for public student loan forgiveness; paid $50,000 life insurance, pension plan, HRA, and Flexible Spending Accounts, and paid professional legal memberships. 


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Summary of Responsibilities:

The Navigator-Paralegal will screen and enroll individuals and families into health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace and provide community education on the NYSOH Marketplace in our Buffalo office.

Essential Functions:

The responsibilities of the position follow:

  • Advise consumers on eligibility for premium subsidies and public health insurance programs, like Medicaid and Child Health Plus;
  • Enroll consumers into public and/or private health coverage in the New York of Health Marketplace;
  • Help consumers choose an appropriate qualified health plan;
  • Educate consumers on their benefits and responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act;
  • Make sure all applications are accurately completed and submitted on time, adhering to submission deadlines;
  • Maintain thorough case records of services provided, advice and/or referrals;
  • Schedule and maintain appointments with potentially eligible consumers;
  • Meet productivity and quality performance targets;
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings and trainings;
  • Conduct community outreach to potential enrollees, community partners and attend outreach events;
  • Other responsibilities identified by Supervisor.

Core Competencies

  • Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic and multi‐sector team;
  • Curious and self‐directed with an ability to anticipate client needs;
  • Cultural humility in working with low‐income clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio‐economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and limited English proficiency; and
  • Familiarity with diverse communities is a plus.

Qualifications

  • College degree, paralegal certification, or equivalent experience required;
  • Obtain a certification through the New York State of Health Marketplace.  Any applicants who are not currently certified would have to attend online training to obtain certification.  If there is a cost associated with the certification, NLS will be responsible.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations and knowledge of community resources; and
  • Self-motivated and dependable;
  • Excellent communication skills for client intake, client follow-up and attorney interface
  • Excellent organizational skills and calendaring awareness
  • Community engagement and working with community partners with ease;
  • Willingness to work as a team member.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

•     Work in an office environment including working at a workstation, attending meetings;

•     Traveling to meetings and off-site partner agencies and community events;

•     Use of computer and other office machines such as fax, photocopiers and telephones; and

•     Ability to work in the evenings and weekends as required to serve clients.

Salary Range: $46,610.00 To 76,435.00 Annually


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Job Summary:  Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Executive Assistant will provide administrative support for the Executive Director, Deputy Directors, Director of Finance, Director of HR, and other management team members in the form of drafting correspondence, scheduling meetings, and maintaining calendars and other duties as assigned.

Executive Assistant Responsibilities:

Performs a variety of administrative duties for the Director-level positions and leadership/ management team such as scheduling meetings, drafting correspondence, setting up and/or maintaining filing systems, answering inquiries over the phone or in person, and managing other secretarial and administrative tasks. Communicates directly with board members and completes tasks such as compiling board packets, typing up board and committee meetings notes, scheduling board meetings.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to handle confidential work with tact and discretion
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent typing and filing skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with NLS staff and outside organizations
  • Ability to work independently
  • An interest in serving clients of the legal services program
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality on sensitive matters

Salary and benefits

Annual salary $50,000-62,000 depending on experience.  Position in Buffalo office, Court Street location.  Thirty-five (35)-hour work week with generous benefit package including holiday, leave time, health, dental, HRA and retirement benefits.


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NLS is seeking a dynamic staff attorney for its Batavia office. The staff attorney will maintain a caseload relating to housing law, public benefits, family law, disability law, and consumer issues.


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Pro Bono

Give back with your expertise. Join NLS in providing legal services to some of the most underserved communities

NLS VOLUNTEER ATTORNEY PROGRAM (VAP) offers attorneys a chance to volunteer their time and expertise.  No experience in the particular field is necessary and we will train you in the area you volunteer.

You can volunteer to assist with individual clients on an as-needed basis or with one of our Attorney of the Morning Programs (AMP). NLS staffs AMPs at Buffalo City Court (Tuesday and Thursday mornings) and Niagara Falls City Court (dates vary) to assist low-income tenants facing eviction.

Volunteers must be attorneys licensed to practice law in New York State, and in good standing with the Office of Court Administration (OCA).   Volunteers must immediately notify NLS of any changes in their status. Attorneys who register with NLS and are in good standing with OCA are covered under the NLS malpractice insurance policy for the NLS cases they accept.

In order to participate with NLS, you agree to:

  • Represent clients referred by NLS and in accordance with the New York State Rules of Professional Conduct;
  • Respond to periodic requests for updates by NLS;
  • Complete all required NLS forms;
  • Notify NLS upon completion of a matter, including the amount of time spent and the tasks completed;
  • Notify NLS of any changes to the attorney’s contact information or areas of interest.

If interested, please contact [email protected]

Student Volunteers

Gain meaningful experience working alongside passionate advocates promoting public interest law across WNY.

NLS accepts student volunteers throughout the year in our various offices and areas of practice.  Undergraduate students and law students are encouraged to apply.  NLS also participates in externship programs and pro bono scholarship programs (such as the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program at UB Law School).

REQUIREMENTS  NLS requires students to treat their internship/externship/volunteer opportunity like a job.  Students must be punctual, professionally dressed and reliable.  Students must act in a professional manner with staff, clients and court personnel.

STUDENT PRACTICE ORDERS  NLS generally applies for student practice orders for law students who have completed at least two (2) semesters of law school and are volunteering for a semester or the summer.  The student practice order allows the students to appear in court under the supervision of an NLS attorney.

50 HOUR PRO BONO REQUIREMENT  NLS accepts law student volunteers who wish to complete their fifty (50) hour pro bono requirement to be admitted in New York State.

If interested, please email [email protected]

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