Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney, Disability Justice

December 9, 2022

Job Opportunities, News

Staff Attorney or Senior Staff Attorney 

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest 

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or a Staff Attorney for our Disability Justice program.  

The work of NYLPI’s Disability Justice Program is founded on principles of equality of opportunity, self-determination, and independence for people with disabilities. In partnership with individuals and community organizations, we use a wide range of advocacy tools to assert the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities to equally access critical services, including education, transportation, housing, and health care. Paramount is our advocacy for individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community with the support services they need. Our current campaigns include litigation and policy advocacy to transform the way New York responds to mental health crises, ensuring that students who receive special education services are free from teacher and staff abuse, bringing New York City’s courthouses into compliance with accessibility laws, monitoring the long-running consent decree on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities who were sorely mistreated at the Willowbrook Developmental School, and ensuring that students with disabilities receive appropriate accommodations in post-secondary institutions and on licensing examinations. Click HERE to view our full docket. 

About the Role 

The attorney will join NYLPI’s multidisciplinary practice, working with other attorneys, community organizers, and communications and lobbying experts, to engage in legal, policy, and administrative analysis and advocacy, as well as community organizing and outreach, coalition building, and media work to further disability justice goals. The attorney will have the opportunity to identify and propose new campaigns, litigation, and legal advocacy. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Required 

  • Attorney in good standing, licensed to practice law in the State of New York or eligible for admission to the New York Bar at the time of hiring, and admitted within one year of hire 
  • Commitment to disability justice and community lawyering 
  • Excellent writing, legal research, analytical, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent strategic judgment and the drive to originate and effectuate dynamic campaigns Ability to engage in complex legal analysis and fact investigation in impact litigation and policy advocacy settings 
  • Flexible, with ability to work both independently and as part of a team Ability to relate to and communicate effectively with a diverse group of clients, community partners, and staff, as well as nonprofit, government, judicial, and business communities 

Preferred 

  • Experience working in coalitions of community-based and other advocacy organizations Experience with disability and other civil rights laws 
  • At least five years of litigation experience in state or federal court or administrative fora

About NYLPI 

For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate partnering with communities fighting a legacy of marginalization based on race, disabilities, immigration status, poverty, and neighborhood pollution. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation, individual representation, policy advocacy, media advocacy, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, secure environmental justice for disadvantaged communities, create equal access to health care, ensure immigrant opportunity, and strengthen local nonprofits. To learn more about NYLPI, visit www.nylpi.org

Salary and Benefits 

NYLPI offers a competitive salary based on years of relevant experience. A person in this role with five to ten years of experience would earn $89,000 to $110,000. NYLPI offers comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment, and a holiday swapping policy to allow for the observation of holidays of your choice. 

Applications 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with interviews starting as early as December 12, 2022. Please email applications to j[email protected] with the subject line “Attention: Disability Justice Senior Staff Attorney Position.” Applications must include: 

(1) Detailed cover letter explaining how you learned of this position, your interest, passion, and experience, and an answer to the following required question: How have your 

background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. Please also reference in your cover letter where you saw this posting. 

(2) Resume 

(3) Legal writing sample 

We strongly encourage candidates who are fluent in languages other than English, and candidates from historically oppressed groups, to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of our organization. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

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