Staff Attorney, LGBTQ Law Project

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Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a leading not-for-profit civil legal services organization advocating for adults, children, and families that are experiencing poverty or have low income. We tackle the legal challenges and systematic barriers that threaten our clients’ economic stability, well-being, and safety. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and constantly improving how we respond to systemic issues of racism that affect our clients in their pursuit of justice. We address emerging and urgent needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, direct representation, impact litigation, policy advocacy, financial counseling, medical-legal partnerships, and community education and partnerships. Last year, we affected the lives of 90,800 people.


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:


LGBTQ Law Project

The LGBTQ Law Project of the New York Legal Assistance Group seeks an experienced fulltime attorney to join our team. The LGBTQ Law Project serves New York City’s low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities by providing free representation and advice on a wide array of civil legal matters, including legal name and gender marker changes, immigration (including removal defense), family law matters (orders of protection, custody and visitation, divorce, and adoption), housing and employment discrimination, wills and advance directives and public benefits. We engage with community partners to provide legal services in community settings throughout the five boroughs. The LGBTQ Law Project also provides educational outreach on issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and engages in systemic advocacy efforts to reform city, state and federal policies to ensure that LGBTQ+ New Yorkers have equal access to critical services, benefits and legal protections.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Staff Attorney will provide direct representation to LGBTQ+ clients in civil legal matters including legal name and gender marker changes, immigration, housing and employment discrimination, family law matters, wills and advance directives, and public benefits. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to representing clients in civil courts (state and federal) and administrative hearings, researching issues and drafting educational materials, conducting in person and telephone intake and follow-up, and managing a full caseload. The Staff Attorney will contribute to the LGBTQ Law Project’s community outreach and education efforts through presentations and will work with Project Director to establish and maintain relationships with community partners. The Staff Attorney will participate in systemic advocacy work on issues that directly impact LGBTQ+ New Yorkers.


  • J.D. degree and admission or pending admission to New York State Bar is required;
  • Civil legal services, clinical, fellowship, and/or clerkship experience preferred;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the LGBTQ+ community and knowledge of the complex and systemic issues faced by our clients;
  • Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model;
  • Ability to juggle a variety of tasks and roles often under time pressure;
  • Ability to collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations;
  • Excellent written, oral and analytical skills;
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred;
  • Communicate effectively with clients, community organizations, attorneys, the judiciary and the public;
  • Experience working with diverse communities and clients who are survivors of trauma.

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:


Professional Level:



1.     Steps 1-5.


Benefits: Excellent benefits.


Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is a leading not-for-profit civil legal services organization advocating for adults, children, and families that are experiencing poverty or have low income. We tackle…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level


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

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