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We achieve our successes through a combination of direct legal representation and high impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and by providing training and technical assistance to other advocates who are working towards the same goals.
Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefit package, including health insurance, life insurance, vacation, holiday and sick time. We are an organization that supports and encourages a work/life balance. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the organization’s salary scale. Empire Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer who desires a diverse workforce. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, individuals who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
Empire Justice Center is a proud partner in the Tenant Defense Project, a groundbreaking initiative in the Rochester area to provide legal assistance to any tenant who is facing eviction. Our other legal services partner agencies in the Project are providing the direct legal services to tenants. The Senior Attorney will be the first of several Empire Justice hires that will form a team to be responsible for working with our partners to identify systemic problems seen by those facing eviction and developing litigation strategies to address them. This will include appeals of lower-court decisions as well as affirmative impact litigation. The Senior Attorney will work with other housing advocates on staff and our Legal Director in the planning, strategizing, and execution of these cases.
The Empire Justice Crime Victims team will include staff in Westchester, Rochester and Central Islip. The Crime Victim Paralegal in Rochester will support two Rochester Crime Victim Attorneys. The Crime Victim Team in Rochester will serve the general low-income community with a focus on victims of consumer fraud, including small claims and debt collection issues and on employment discrimination and civil rights violations. Each Crime Victim Paralegal will act as part of the overall statewide team, participating in client representation, community outreach, required data reporting and assessments. Each paralegal will be supervised by the Crime Victims Attorney in their office.
The Intake and Litigation Paralegal is a non-exempt position which will provide direct support to the Civil Rights, Employment, and Education practice group. The percentage of time spent conducting intake and litigation tasks will fluctuate, depending on the needs of the practice group and/or organization.
Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time Technical Support Coordinator for its foreclosure prevention services program. The Coordinator will assist with the implementation and management of Empire Justice’s role as Anchor Partner under contract with the NYS Office of the Attorney General as part of their Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP). The focus of the position will be responsible for data collection under the contracts, communications and assisting in the development and implementation of trainings, and other support to the legal services and housing counseling organizations under HOPP.
The staff attorney/senior staff attorney will primarily be responsible for representing students with disabilities at various levels of advocacy (i.e. advice and counsel, CSE meetings, impartial hearings and federal court litigation). This attorney will be responsible for an independent caseload comprised of litigating individual cases and be part of the team that works on current systemic change litigation (N.N. vs. RCSD), with the opportunity to work on other education and civil rights matters, based on experience. Duties will include: providing advice and counsel, evaluating new cases for acceptance representation at CSE, developing impartial hearing practice, litigating cases, conducting legal research, drafting memoranda, meeting with clients, drafting pleadings, briefs and/or discovery, document review, case management, motion practice, practice group supervision, as needed, and other duties as assigned. A part of the attorney’s work also includes advocacy through local and state level policy initiatives, and collaboration with community organizations supporting the low-income and marginalized communities we serve.
This project will serve low-income working families disproportionately at risk for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including racial and ethnic minority families. This initiative seeks to determine whether implementation of earned income tax credit (EITC) outreach and education activities in communities at higher risk for ACEs can result in (1) increased EITC receipt and (2) changes in risk and/or protective factors for ACEs. This position is contingent upon contract award and funding.
The function of the Administrative Assistant is to provide support, administrative and clerical services to the RYFF project. Providing these services in a well-organized and timely manner will ensure that operations are maintained and running efficiently.