Post-Graduate Fellowship Sponsorship

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published

07/09/2018

Address

7 Hanover Square
18th Floor
New York
NY
10004
United States

Description

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $27 million. Serving more than 75,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 280, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org.


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 New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) seeks to sponsor third-year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law graduates for public interest law fellowships, such as the Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships, starting in the fall of 2019. NYLAG has an excellent track record of successful applicant sponsorship in a variety of areas of civil legal services law.


Examples of possible fellowship projects are listed below, but we will consider any project that fulfills NYLAG’s mission. Each project should include some combination of direct client services, community education, advocacy, and impact litigation. We strongly encourage those considering applying for fellowship sponsorship to reach out directly to staff in the Unit in which the project would be housed to discuss the viability of any potential project prior to submitting your applications for sponsorship. NYLAG staff will actively work with the selected candidates to more fully develop the fellowship proposal for submission.


The Elder Law Practice within the Public Benefits Unit seeks an elder justice legal fellow who will address the civil legal needs of victims of elder abuse. The project will include community outreach and education on how to stop elder abuse and direct legal services to enforce the legal rights of older adults. The fellow will provide screenings for indicia of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and follow-up legal assistance to address current abuse and to preempt any future abuse. This unique position will allow a comprehensive response to the needs of elder abuse victims through regular participation in city-wide multidisciplinary teams of professionals, including government, nonprofit, and healthcare organizations and enhanced with geropsychiatrists and forensic accountants


The Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP) seeks a fellow who is passionate about health care and/or the rights of seniors and people with disabilities. EFLRP advocates for access to health care for low-income people, focusing on seniors and people with disabilities who face challenges obtaining and keeping Medicaid long-term care services to remain in their homes and avoid nursing homes. EFLRP welcomes project proposals involving any aspect of its activities. Projects may include enforcement of consumer rights and due process protections as members of Medicaid managed care plans who must now exhaust plan-level appeals before seeking relief from a neutral administrative law judge, the transition of people who lose Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act when they become eligible for Medicare, and state compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act mandate that services be provided in the home, not in nursing homes. Though not required, EFLRP is especially interested in candidates fluent in a second language, and projects that target consumers with Limited English Proficiency.  Projects will be impacted by any replacement of or changes to the ACA and/or Medicaid.


The Immigrant Protection Unit (IPU) seeks a fellow interested in further expanding / developing a project providing free legal services, as well as community outreach, to low income members of New York’s LGBTQ community.  The fellowship would focus on immigration remedies, but could also include such issues as public benefits eligibility and employment assistance (through our collaborative effort with Madison Strategies). The Immigrants’ Rights Project would provide free legal services to LGBTQ clients in all kinds of immigration matters, including but not limited to asylum, U and T visas, and legal permanent residency and naturalization applications.


LegalHealth is seeking a fellow to start a Housing Part (HP) Project. Many clients have repair issues in their homes that are not being addressed regardless of whether they live in private apartments, rent stabilized apartments, or NYCHA. To address these conditions, tenants must bring an HP action in housing court. Bad housing conditions often impact health and go to the core of the medical-legal partnership mission. For example, mold throughout a home that is not treated can have an extremely adverse effect on the health of any resident but specifically with those who have asthma and other respiratory medical conditions. LegalHealth does not have the resources to represent clients in these actions, although the few times representation did occur, LegalHealth had great success. A Fellow would be responsible for starting an HP Project that would incorporate developing a pro bono component.


LegalHealth is also seeking a fellow to start an Article 81 Guardianship Project. Relatives or friends of incapacitated individuals come to NYLAG seeking guardianship for their loved ones in order to carryout financial or healthcare decisions. The individuals served through this project (petitioner and the alleged incapacitated person) would be low income. There are no free legal serves available to bring such actions. The fellow would, working with LegalHealth and NYLAG’s Total Life Choices Program, develop a project and incorporate a pro bono component.


The LGBTQ Law Project provides free legal services in a wide variety of civil legal matters impacting the LGBTQ community, including employment and housing discrimination, immigration, public benefits, name and gender marker changes, family law and life planning. Despite strong protections at both the local and state level, LGBTQ workers, particularly those who are transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming, routinely face discrimination on the job. We are seeking a fellow to provide crucial representation to transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals in employment discrimination cases in New York City. In addition to litigating cases in all relevant forums, the fellow will also have the opportunity to provide public education and community outreach to further assist clients fighting back against workplace bias.


The Shelter Advocacy and Homeless Rights Initiative within the Public Benefits Unit will provide individual representation and advocacy for individuals and families navigating shelter admission, denial, and termination issues. The project will also incorporate outreach and education regarding the shelter system and available resources, including City and State subsidy eligibility, to help shelter residents secure more permanent housing. The fellow will work with the Special Litigation Unit to address systemic issues through impact litigation.


The Tenants’ Rights Unit and Special Litigation Unit seek fellows to bring affirmative litigation on behalf of vulnerable tenant populations in New York City, especially immigrants. The project will include tenant outreach, individual representation in court and/or administrative proceedings, and both individual and impact litigation to enforce tenants’ rights under the Rent Stabilization Code and other laws.


The Veterans Legal Assistance Project within the Public Benefits Unit seeks a legal fellow to provide direct legal representation, counsel and advice and community outreach to low-income and homeless veterans and military dependents in New York City. The goal of the fellowship is to connect with veterans in the community to address the legal problems that arise during and after military service that often stem from physical, mental and moral injuries sustained during service. The fellowship will emphasize a holistic approach to service veterans by assisting veterans with income maintenance issues and homelessness prevention. The fellow will assist clients with accessing VA benefits such as disability compensation and healthcare, eviction defense and tenant’s rights, reentry issues, employment and housing discrimination, and a host of other legal issues


Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in any of the above projects or if there is a different project that you would like to develop. We will ask for writing samples and references before interviewing. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with those submitted by July 6, 2018 having priority. You may use the following email address for any questions: fellowships@nylag.org.


Duties and Responsibilities:

See above.


Qualifications:

Applicants must be rising third-year law students or recent law school graduates eligible for the fellowship programs for which they seek NYLAG sponsorship. Please consult the fellowship program websites for information on eligibility.


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.

Benefits

Excellent benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

None

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

Other

How To Apply

Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in any of the above projects or if there is a different project that you would like to develop. We will ask for writing samples and references before interviewing. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with those submitted by July 6, 2018 having priority. You may use the following email address for any questions: fellowships@nylag.org.


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