Position Title: Civil Rights & Transparency Clinic Staff Attorney
Posting Number: R220118
Employer: Research Foundation
Salary Range: $37,500 is salary at .50 fte
The Civil Rights and Transparency Clinic Staff Attorney will aid in the supervision of second- and third-year law students working on client matters in a clinic focused on civil rights, civil liberties, and government transparency. This position offers attorneys with an interest in civil rights and non-discrimination law the opportunity to engage in a multifaceted clinical practice that works in support of improving the lives of people who have experienced discrimination based on a protected class, including, but not limited to, their gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, national origin, etc.
The Staff Attorney will have primary responsibility for providing legal support to people who have experienced discrimination in various aspects of their life, including:
Discrimination involving gender or gender expression;
Unequal pay and wage theft;
Fair housing cases involving sexual harassment; and
Gender-related protections like familiar status discrimination for women with children.
While providing legal support to clients, the Staff Attorney's duties will also include: assisting, planning clinic seminar classes; and conducting outreach in Western New York and surrounding regions in order to build the clinic's docket. The Staff Attorney will be primarily responsible for covering their matters during the inter-semester break, with assistance from law student interns.
The Staff Attorney will be integrated into the Clinical Legal Education program and will be welcome to participate in the vibrant intellectual life of the School of Law, including workshops, academic conferences, and other events. Support will be provided in preparation to continue their career at public interest organizations, private law firms, in-house positions, or other settings.
This is a part-time research foundation position for 2022-2023 with an anticipated start date of August 15, 2022, and anticipated end date of May 15, 2023. This position can be combined with other public or private practice employment (subject to conflict checks). This position is not currently renewable, but the clinic is working to create sustainable funding in the future for staff attorney positions. The position will receive benefits. The Staff Attorney will be joining a clinical program whose mission is to deliver access to justice while teaching UB law students to be excellent, ethical, and engaged lawyers. The School of Law has a deep and longstanding commitment to serving clients and the broader public in Western New York and beyond.
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The Staff Attorney must be a member of the New York Bar (currently licensed in New York) or be eligible to be admitted on motion, without examination, (see Judiciary Law § 90 [i][b]; 22 NYCRR 520.10) in order to independently supervise law practice by students.
Preferred candidates should have at least two years of legal practice experience, strong written and oral communication skills, an interest in and aptitude for supervision, an interest in civil rights law, a demonstrated commitment to public interest or pro bono legal work; and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Prior experience handling civil rights matters in state or federal court is a strong plus.
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