Staff Attorney – Generalist

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


Use your Law Degree to help your community.  Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), the largest provider of civil legal services in western New York, is seeking a dynamic staff attorney for its Batavia office. The staff attorney will maintain a caseload relating to housing law, public benefits, family law, disability law, and consumer issues. 

Essential Responsibilities / Functions: 

  • Handle all aspects of legal representation including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, working with support staff, and hearing and trial work;
  • Fulfill all grant and contract requirements through casework, time-keeping, record-keeping, and fostering pro bono involvement with the private bar;
  • Develop a working knowledge of the areas of law that impact our clients;
  • Identify other legal needs of clients to ensure that NLS can provide holistic representation and referrals;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other NLS staff and community partners to ensure effective referrals and holistic service delivery;
  • Identify systemic problems that affect our clients’ rights;
  • Conduct community outreach, education and training;
  • Demonstrate cultural competency to work with clients of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio‐economic status, age, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and limited English proficiency;
  • Maintain a current knowledge of developments in civil procedure and civil litigation law; and
  • Develop an understanding of the social and economic forces that create poverty and inequality in our community.


  • J.D. and NYS Bar Admission (considered if bar exam passed and admission pending)
  • Previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to low-income and underserved communities
  • Second language fluency preferred

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 GENERALIST BATAVIA.

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!