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Staff Attorney




Position: Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. will hire two experienced staff attorneys for our Syracuse office.

Responsibilities: Staff attorneys engage in comprehensive legal representation including advice, negotiation, litigation, and administrative advocacy. LSCNY staff attorneys represent clients in housing, public benefits, unemployment insurance, employment, consumer, the rights of people who are not citizens, and other civil matters. Attorneys collaborate in teams led by an experienced supervisor. Housing matters, especially eviction defense, are a substantial portion of an attorney’s caseload. Attorneys are encouraged to work on advocacy and projects beyond individual casework. Attorneys conduct community outreach and work to build partnerships with local community organizations.

Our Organization: Legal Services of Central New York (LSCNY) is committed to achieving justice for low-income people and those who have difficulty accessing the justice system. We are deeply committed to principles of anti-racism and race equity in all that we do. For more than 55 years, we have sought to make a difference in clients’ lives and their communities by eliminating the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ access to economic mobility. We continually search for ways to help people improve their lives and communities.


Opportunities for Professional Development: LSCNY is committed to creating opportunities for development and career advancement. We invest in skills, substantive law, and leadership training for our staff. We encourage attorneys to become active in the state and local bar associations and local community organizations.

Closing date: Closing date for applications: when filled.

Salary/Benefits: Starting salary for an attorney with three years of relevant experience is $52,450. We have an excellent benefits package and a generous leave policy. LSCNY pays for bar memberships, attorney registration, and training opportunities, including Mandatory Continuing Legal Education courses.



Qualifications: At least three years of experience as a lawyer, preferably in a civil legal services or public interest organization. Candidates must be admitted or eligible for admission to the bar of the State of New York.

Attributes of a successful candidate are:

A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to low-income and under-served populations.
A commitment to race equity, anti-racism, and economic justice in the workplace and in providing legal services.        
Analytical, legal writing, and advocacy skills.        
Organizational and interpersonal skills.           
The ability to work independently and collaboratively.        
The ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Bilingual or multi-lingual is a plus.

To Apply: 

Application: Your application must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references. Please indicate if you are willing to work in Syracuse, Utica, or either office. LSCNY invites applicants to include in their cover letter a statement of how your unique background and experience might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

Director of Human Resources

Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.

221 South Warren Street, Suite 300

Syracuse, New York 13202


Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. is committed to diversity and inclusion in hiring, retaining, and promoting so we can be more creative, effective, and just, bringing more varied perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents, and interests to the practice of law and the administration of justice. We accept, respect, and value differences that include attributes such as age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities, language, socioeconomic status, marital and parental status, national origin, immigration status, and cultural background. We strongly encourage individuals with historically marginalized identities to apply.


Submission Deadline: 
August 15, 2021
Organization Information: 
Legal Services of Central New York
United States