For more than 50 years, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) has been providing free, high-quality legal counsel in civil matters when basic human needs are at stake including: eviction and foreclosure prevention, domestic violence, disability, elder law, healthcare, consumer fraud and more. Our services support almost 600,000 poor and low-income families and individuals who cannot afford an attorney in our seven-county service area. With the gap separating those who can and cannot afford legal representation widening each day, we work to ensure that everyone has equal access to justice, regardless of their ability to pay. As the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services in the lower and mid-Hudson Valley (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan), LSHV is proud to have handled almost 15,000 cases impacting more than 34,000 household members including 13,000 children last year. LSHV has nine offices, a staff of 135, including 80 attorneys and 27 paralegals.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) has an immediate opening in our Kingston, New York, office for a full time Staff Attorney to work with clients who are victims of crime on immigration matters. Matters include: VAWA Self-Petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U-Visas, T-Visas, Removal Defense, Asylum, Naturalization and other immigration remedies that assist victims of crime. The Scope of Work may also include appearances in Immigration court and/or Family Court. The attorney will serve clients in Ulster County. Duties of the Position: Individual client representation, litigation in state and federal courts as well as administrative hearings and appellate practice. The person hired will be expected to handle a high-volume case load in an often fast passed and demanding environment. Participation in community legal education and outreach activities directed at community members, advocates and service providers. Additionally, the person hired will also be expected to adhere to program and case handling standards, funder requirements, the highest professional standards, and be available as a resource to LSHV staff and access to justice communities.
• Member in good standing of the New York State Bar;
• One or more years of legal experience, preferably in immigration, including litigation and handling high volume caseload;
• Excellent people skills;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Ability to handle high stress situations;
• Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders; and
• Valid driver’s license and own transportation
• Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income persons with prior experience in legal services or similar program;
• English/Spanish bi-lingual strongly preferred
Salary: Competitive union scale, with excellent benefits.
Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 403(b), Pension Plan
Level of Language Proficiency
Preferrred: English/Spanish Bilingual
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please apply through this link and include cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references.