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Nonprofit/Employment Attorney

About Us

Founded in 1969, Lawyers Alliance for New York is a leader in the field of business law and transactional pro bono. It provides legal and educational services to nonprofit organizations and social enterprises that improve the lives of low-income and disadvantaged New Yorkers. With a talented staff of 24, annual budget of $3.6 million, and 2,000 legal volunteers, Lawyers Alliance serves more than 1,000 organizations each year. This legal assistance translates to stronger nonprofit programs, finances, and operations.

Staff Attorney Position

We seek an Attorney with a counseling or transactional legal background as well as significant employment law experience advising employers on federal, New York State, and New York City laws to join our well-respected and dedicated team. This Attorney will also lead a Program Area or Special Initiative that will be determined by nonprofit sector needs, staff expertise and volunteer capacity. The Attorney will work with other staff and pro bono attorneys to bring a wide range of high-quality legal services and practical information to nonprofit organizations benefiting the well-being of New Yorkers.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute systematic and strategic client outreach to expand legal services to new and existing clients.
  • Serve the employment law and other business law needs of a substantial client base of nonprofit organizations and social enterprises serving New York City through direct legal representation and limited scope consultations.
  • Engage in effective client intake and screening to ready groups for legal help and placement of appropriate legal projects with pro bono attorneys.
  • Provide support, mentoring, and co-counseling assistance to pro bono attorneys from top law firms and corporate legal departments and assist with volunteer recruitment and recognition.
  • Write legal alerts and publications, organize and teach educational workshops and pro bono clinics, and represent Lawyers Alliance at other events for clients and pro bono attorneys.
  • Collaborate with staff on quality control, program evaluation, outcomes measurement, strategic planning, and technical assistance grants and contracts.
  • Support marketing, fundraising, fee-generation, tracking and use of data, special projects, and other duties as requested.

Experience and Attributes

  • Admission to the New York State Bar.
  • At least five to fifteen years of experience as a practicing lawyer, including significant experience advising employers on federal, New York State, and New York City laws, preferably through a major law firm or as in-house counsel.
  • Clear and effective communicator, excellent writing and speaking skills, and an ability to work independently and be an effective mentor to staff and volunteers.
  • Keen interest in New York City and its diverse and varied neighborhoods.

Next Steps

If you want to join knowledgeable and passionate colleagues who enjoy making a difference, consider applying now. This position offers competitive compensation and strong benefits. Anticipated annual salary range is $82,250 to $107,500, depending on experience.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to attorneysearch@lawyersalliance.org as soon as possible. Provide a brief explanation in your cover letter of what interests you in this position at this time and how your interest or experience relates to Lawyers Alliance’s work.

Lawyers Alliance for New York is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive environment and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being announced in June 2022 and can begin on or about September 1, 2022.

 

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Lawyers Alliance for New York Internship Opportunities

Lawyers Alliance for New York's Board, staff, and volunteer attorneys are an unparalleled team of professionals who, together with our donors, are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in low-income communities throughout New York City. By specializing in business and transactional legal services for nonprofits, Lawyers Alliance enhances our clients' performance, which translates into expanded and improved programs for the families, children, and adults who need them most. We periodically are looking for student interns to join us, as volunteers or as part of a school-funded arrangement.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for any internship position will be a motivated, detail-oriented team player who takes initiatives. We welcome candidates who are flexible and have a positive attitude. Applicants must be able to come to the office in-person. 

Lawyers Alliance for New York is committed to providing a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

 

School Year Undergraduate Internships

Lawyers Alliance seeks a motivated college junior or senior for a volunteer unpaid internship. The intern will be expected to work for at least 8 hours per week for at least ten weeks and will:

  • Conduct online factual research related to the nonprofit sector and pro bono trends and assist Lawyers Alliance staff in gathering and analyzing research;
  • Participate in Lawyers Alliance's client intake process;
  • Assist in planning special events, such as pro bono clinics and volunteer awards.
  • Collaborate with and observe staff members at various levels to learn more about the nonprofit and legal sectors; and
  • Complete other projects as requested.

How to Apply:  Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to InternSearch@lawyersalliance.org

 

School Year Legal Internships

Lawyers Alliance for New York offers unpaid internships for law students during the school year on the basis of student interest, staff attorney availability, and client need. Law student interns work with staff attorneys to provide legal assistance and information to nonprofits related to corporate, real estate, employment, intellectual property, tax, and other legal topics. Examples of prior assignments include assisting with client intake for a charter school with corporate law questions, assisting with a real estate construction loan closing for a supportive housing organization, and updating materials to be used in an employment law workshop for nonprofit managers.

How to Apply:  Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Legal_Intern_Search@lawyersalliance.org with the subject line, “Application for [Fall/Spring] Internship.”  To be considered for a Fall internship, materials must be submitted between July 1 and August 1.  For Spring internships, materials must be submitted between October 1 and November 1.

 

Summer Legal Internships

Lawyers Alliance seeks four 1L or 2L law students for a 10-week unpaid or school-funded summer internship position each year. Summer interns will:

  • Work with staff attorneys to provide legal assistance and information to nonprofits related to corporate, real estate, employment, intellectual property, tax, and other legal topics;Conduct online factual research relevant to New York nonprofits;
  • Participate in Lawyers Alliance's client intake process;
  • Follow up by telephone and email with clients and volunteer attorneys to obtain status information regarding all active legal matters;
  • Draft and update various memos, legal alerts and other written materials; and
  • Complete other projects as requested.

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Legal_Intern_Search@lawyersalliance.org with the subject line “Application for Summer Internship”. To be considered for a summer internship, materials must be submitted between January 1 and February 1.

 

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