Staff Attorney – Disability Law Unit

Neighborhood Legal Services
February 4, 2022
Buffalo, NY
Job Type


Use your Law Degree to help people and change systems. NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES, the largest provider of civil legal services in western New York, is seeking a dynamic staff attorney for the Disability Law Unit in its Buffalo office. The staff attorney will help residents with disabilities obtain and/or maintain the health care and services that they need for the essentials of daily living and ensure that those in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive.  The staff attorney will learn the law and advocate for individuals in need are served by systems that are just, equitable and responsive. The staff attorney will learn the law and advocate for individual in need of Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, Social Security benefits and other programs and services. Advocacy  will include representation of individual clients and will include representation of identification and advocacy to obtain systemic chance through affirmative advocacy, impact litigation, and pro bono policy work.  Your  clients  will include  people  living  with  low  incomes,  disabilities,  and members  of  the LGBTQ+  community.  The  staff  attorney  will  be  responsible  for  case  load  management,  legal research  and  writing, representation at administrative  hearings  and  state  and  federal  courts.


Essential  Responsibilities/Functions:

  • Develop a substantive knowledge of the areas of law that impact the lives of persons with disabilities.
  • Provide  a spectrum of legal assistance from advice and counsel by telephone, representation at Administrative Fair Hearing and state and/or federal court
  • Identify systemic problems that affect the rights of persons with disabilities and address  these  challenges through affirmative  advocacy,  impact  litigation,  and  policy  work
  • Collaborate  and  coordinate  with  NLS  staff and  community  partners  to  assure  effective referrals  and  holistic  service  delivery
  • Conduct community  outreach,  education,  and  training
  • Develop relationships  and  engage  in  collaborations  with  a  range  of  public  and  private community  partners  including  governmental  agencies,  courts,  and  community-based organizations  to  ensure  integrative  services  and  to  address  systemic  barriers  facing  our client community
  • Demonstrate cultural  competency  to  work  with  low-income  clients  across  the  spectrum  of diversity,  including  race,  ethnicity,  gender identity,  sexual orientation,  socio-economic  status, age,  immigrant  status,  religious  identity,  physical and  mental disabilities,  and  those  with  limited English  proficiency.


NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is a unionized organization with excellent benefits and pay beginning at $59,387 for entry level attorneys.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to with the subject line STAFF ATTORNEY DISABILITY LAW UNIT.

Applications will be accepted and processed upon receipt until the position is filled, but interested applicants are strongly urged to apply by February 28, 2022.

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

We look forward to hearing from you!