Staff Attorney, Family & Immigration Law

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.




7 Hanover Square
18th Floor
New York
United States



Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The agency 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 agency's annual cash budget is approximately $25 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


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 Staff Attorney will work in a cross-unit project, under both NYLAG’s Matrimonial & Family Law Unit and NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit, to provide legal representation and legal advocacy to immigrant non-citizen survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other trauma. The project attorney’s will be expected to represent clients in all five-boroughs, before New York City Family Courts, Supreme Courts, Immigration Court, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Staff Attorney will represent clients in the following matters:

  • Matrimonial & Family Law: orders of protection, custody/visitation, divorce, child and spousal support
  • Immigration Law: VAWA self-petitions, U Visas, T Visas, SIJS, asylum applications, removal defense, applications to adjust status, citizenship applications, provisional waivers, etc.   

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities will include:

  • Provide legal representation and conduct legal advocacy for immigrant non-citizen survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other trauma in family and immigration law matters
  • Maintain an active litigation case load in Family Court, Supreme Court, and Immigration Court
  • Represent immigrant survivors in administrative applications before USCIS
  • Provide advice and consultation to immigrants in New York City, including at on-site clinical programs
  • Represent NYLAG at advocate meetings and community events
  • Work with and mentor pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and law students working with NYLAG
  • Conduct trainings for community based organizations, local agencies, and other advocates in the related substantive matters.


  • Admission to NYS Bar required
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma, immigrants and/or underserved communities is required
  • 2-3 years of experience in matrimonial and family law and immigration law is    preferred
  • Excellent oral advocacy, litigation and writing skills
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Fluency in another language, including Spanish, is strongly preferred

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.


Excellent benefits.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


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