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
NYLAG has an opening for a paralegal in its Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program, starting June 21, 2021. The Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP) advocates for access to health and long-term care services for low-income New Yorkers who, because of aging and/or disability, depend on Medicaid home care services to enable them to remain in their homes and avoid institutionalization. The paralegal will primarily provide legal services to seniors and people with disabilities who need long-term care services such as home care because of chronic health conditions. These services are primarily paid for by Medicaid, so the position includes counseling clients on the complex rules of Medicaid eligibility, helping them apply, and troubleshooting problems. The paralegal will work as part of a team of lawyers and paralegals within EFLRP who are part of the Independent Consumer Advocacy Network (“ICAN”), a statewide Ombudsman program funded by the State of New York. See https://icannys.org. ICAN helps people navigate the complex Medicaid long term care system in New York, and advocates for individuals denied needed long term care services by Medicaid managed care plans. As the state-funded Ombudsman program, ICAN serves a sentinel function, reporting systemic problems to the State that pose barriers to access to services.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Education/Admittance required: Bachelor’s degree
Preferred language ability: Fluency in Russian, a Chinese language, or Spanish is highly desirable.
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.
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Benefits: Excellent benefits.
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…