Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combating economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.
The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.
Values that guide us
The Special Education Unit (SEU), a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), is seeking a staff attorney with demonstrated commitment to public interest law, as well as a strong interest in ensuring that school-aged children with special needs receive the free appropriate public education (FAPE) guaranteed them pursuant to federal and New York State law. SEU emphasizes the need to educate parents of their rights, and to advocate on their behalf when the New York City Department of Education (DOE) fails to provide their children with a FAPE.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The attorney will be responsible for, among other things: filing Due Process Complaints; attending impartial hearings; filing appeals to the State Review Office and federal court when necessary; negotiating stipulations of settlement with the DOE; and participating in meetings to develop Individualized Education Programs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our services are currently remote.
NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.
Salary is commensurate with experience
Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combating economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil…