Staff Attorney (Bilingual English/Spanish)

Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.

About the organization

The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. is a not-for-profit law office. We provide free legal information, advice and representation to people who can't afford a lawyer. We only handle civil (non-criminal) legal problems.

We serve Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego counties. We also serve farmworkers anywhere in New York State.

Our clients come from many different backgrounds. They are working people, families and people with disabilities. They are senior citizens, veterans, and people who get public benefits. They are U.S. citizens, immigrants and refugees, and temporary workers.

You may qualify for services based on your income and family size. To find out if you qualify, call or visit an office near you. If you are 60 or over, or if you are a victim of family violence, you may qualify for our services even if you are not low-income.

Duties

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.

Responsibilities:
● 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.

Qualifications

Qualifications:
● Fluency in written and oral Spanish; 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;

● 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.

● Valid NYS Driver’s License, insurable.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please send resume, 3 professional references with contact information and writing sample.

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