Evictions & Foreclosure Defense Attorney

Western New York Law Center
May 19, 2023
Buffalo, NY
Job Type


The Western New York Law Center, Inc. (WNYLC) has an immediate opening for a Full-Time Attorney to work within our Evictions and Foreclosure Departments.  The attorney will be representing low to moderate income tenants facing evictions as well as homeowners facing foreclosure.

Our office is located in Cathedral Park Tower at 37 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202. Court appearances will be in-person or virtual in Western New York and surrounding Counties. Night appearances may occasionally be required. Travel expenses are reimbursed by the office.

WNYLC offers a competitive salary, generous benefits package, and platinum health insurance plan with flexible spending account (FSA) funds given to employees each year. There is a 35-hour minimum work week, generous leave package, life insurance, and retirement benefit. Working at WNYLC qualifies for the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Since its formation in 1996, WNYLC has committed to its enduring mission to ensure that low-income Western New Yorkers receive a full range of civil legal services, including representation, policy advocacy, and legal education, focused on the areas of housing, income maintenance, and consumer debt.


Staff Attorneys engage in comprehensive legal representation, including advice, negotiation, litigation, and administrative and legislative advocacy.  We represent individuals and engage in broad-based impact advocacy.  Attorneys collaborate in teams led by an experienced supervisor.  Attorneys conduct community outreach and work to build partnerships with local community organizations.

Preferred Qualifications:

Admitted to practice in NYS or passed NYS Bar Exam and awaiting admission
Experience with landlord/tenant law, preferred
Dedication to public interest work
High level of initiative and self-motivation
Strong legal writing, interpersonal, organizational and presentation skills
Proficient in use of computer software
Demonstrated commitment to and passion for the rights of low-income clients
Excellent people skills
Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, with a high caseload
Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and community partners
Travel, required
May need to work evening hours, as needed

To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript (if admitted less than two years), writing sample (no longer than 10 pages), and the names of three references to Lauren Haas, Operations Manager, at lhaas@wnylc.net. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. Recent law graduates who passed the NYS Bar Exam and are awaiting admission are encouraged to apply.

WNYLC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Employer recruits without regard to sex, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and any such candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.