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Staff Attorney, Special Education Unit

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About NYLAG

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.


Mission 

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

  • We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 
  • We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
  • We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas. 
  • We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships. 
  • We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
  • We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs. 
  • We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
  • We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
  • We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.


Job Description: 

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. 


Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in Special Education Law;
  • Strong legal research, writing, communication and advocacy skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with SEU colleagues;
  • Foreign language ability strongly preferred;
  • Eagerness to learn and grow as an advocate for disabled children;
  • Experience working with low-income and special needs communities;
  • Admission to New York State Bar preferred;
  • 0-3 years prior experience.

 

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.


Employment type: 

☒ Full-time


Professional Level: 

☒ Professional


Salary: 

Salary is commensurate with experience

About NYLAG

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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY

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