Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. Staff Attorney in New Paltz, New York
Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY), seeks dynamic Staff Attorney to be part of our Farmworker Law Project (FLP) Team in our New Paltz office.
The Farmworker Law Project (FLP) of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY) seeks a full time Staff Attorney for a statewide project providing legal advocacy and education to farmworkers. FLP advocates for migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout New York State in employment and civil rights cases, focusing on the fundamental rights of minimum, overtime and contract wages, housing conditions in labor camps, and workplace safety. FLP also represents victims of human trafficking and other immigration applicants. In addition, advocates conduct outreach and community education to migrant farmworkers in rural labor camps throughout New York. FLP is located in New Paltz, (75) miles north of New York City.
Essential Job Functions
-Represent farmworkers on federal and state employment, civil rights, immigration and safety legal claims in federal and administrative matters;
-Travel to farm labor camps throughout New York State to lead and facilitate community legal education activities with farmworkers;
-Develop and design (in English and Spanish) community legal education materials for farmworkers on topics including labor, housing, health and safety, immigration, and civil rights;
-Collaborate with other organizations and agencies for client referrals, workshop development and trainings;
-Maintain accurate records and statistics, including documentation of educational trainings;
-Assist in other activities as assigned by the Managing Attorney and Executive Director in order to carry out the objectives of the Farmworker Law Project.
-Admission to the Bar of the State of New York or eligibility to practice in New York under the 18 month legal services rule and up to five years prior legal practice; the nature and extent of prior legal experience;
-Fluency in written and oral Spanish, preferred;
-Willingness to travel overnight required;
-Knowledge and understanding of the legal problems and needs of the poor; prior working experience with the farmworker community or in other programs which aid the working poor;
-Strong academic training and performance;
-Good writing and computer skills;
-Valid NYS Driver's License.
Salary and Benefits
Salary depends on experience. The LASMNY offers a generous benefit package - medical, vision, dental, life, supplemental life, voluntary, flexible spending, 403(b), SEP/IRA, mileage reimbursement, training, law license registration fees, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) fees, NYS Bar dues, PTO, Parental Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Bar Exam Leave and (13) Holidays.
Submit cover letter, resume, legal writing sample and names and contact information for three (3) references by email to jobs@LASMNY.org.
LASMNY is a non-profit public interest law firm funded by the Legal Services Corporation, New York State Interest on Lawyer Account Fund, and New York State Office of Court Administration, among others. The program area includes thirteen counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. In addition, LASMNY operates a statewide Farmworker Law Project from its New Paltz office. LASMNY seeks to be a well-balanced multi-cultural organization. People of color, LBGTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer.