Managing Attorney Position – Newburgh, New York

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is searching for a Managing Attorney for our new Newburgh, New York regional office. PLS is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons. PLS engages in administrative advocacy and litigation primarily in cases involving civil rights, claims of deliberate indifference to serious mental health and medical needs, conditions of confinement, prolonged placement in solitary confinement, mental health treatment, with a special focus on juveniles and veterans, child visitation and support, excessive use of force and sentence computation issues. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services to the disadvantaged.

The Newburgh Office Managing Attorney is responsible for opening and managing the Newburgh regional office. The position requires the skills of a lawyer, a litigator, a supervisor, an administrative manager and a personnel manager. Applicants should be self-motivated and capable of complex analytical work. Applicants must also possess excellent legal research and writing skills, strong communications skills, and a desire to work in a collaborative work environment.


Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York State. Applicants must also have a minimum of five (5) years of legal practice experience, preferably in at least one of the following areas: prisoners’ rights, New York State family law, veterans’ rights, civil legal services, civil rights, poverty law or federal litigation, and three (3) years of management experience. Fluency is Spanish is also preferable.    

PLS offers a salary that is competitive with other public interest law firms in upstate New York, and sets salaries depending on experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three (3) references by email to: pkane@plsny.org. Due to the volume of applications expected, only people who are contacted for interviews will receive a response. The positions will remain open until filled.



​​​​​​​Staff Attorney Positions – Ithaca, New York
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is searching for a staff attorney for our Ithaca office. PLS is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons. PLS engages in civil rights advocacy and litigation primarily in cases involving claims relating to serious mental health and medical needs, unconstitutional conditions of confinement, prolonged placement in solitary confinement, the treatment of juveniles and veterans, child visitation and support, excessive use of force and sentence computation issues.

 PLS hires attorneys who are committed to providing legal services to the disadvantaged. Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York State or have recently taken the N.Y. State Bar exam. The ideal applicant will have experience in at least one of the following areas: prisoners’ rights, New York State family law, veterans’ rights, civil legal services, civil rights, poverty law or federal litigation. Applicants should be self-motivated and capable of complex analytical work. Applicants must possess excellent legal research and writing skills, strong communications skills, and a desire to participate in a collaborative work environment. We have a need for attorneys who are fluent in Spanish.

PLS offers a salary that is competitive with other public interest law firms in upstate New York, and sets salaries depending on experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three (3) references by email to: Ahull@plsny.org. Due to the volume of applications expected, only people who are contacted for interviews will receive a response. The position will remain open until filled.



​​​​​​Immigration Staff Attorney Positions – Albany, New York
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking the immediate hire of immigration attorneys in its Albany office. Attorneys will provide free legal representation to individuals incarcerated in New York State prisoners in removal proceedings in the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), and to individuals in immigration detention at the Albany and Clinton County Jails, whose cases are calendared at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY. 

Overview
PLS is a non-profit legal services organization providing civil legal services to indigent individuals in New York State correctional facilities in cases where no other counsel is available. Founded in 1976 in response to the Attica uprising, PLS has regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh.

As part of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), PLS provides free legal representation to non-citizens incarcerated in New York State prison facing immigration removal proceedings under the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP) and individuals in immigration detention at the Albany and Clinton County Jails. These proceedings take place at the Bedford Hills, Downstate, and Ulster Immigration Courts, located inside New York State correctional facilities in upstate New York and at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY. 

 Job Description
The ideal candidate would have strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills; the ability to work in a collaborative and dynamic team environment; excellent organizational skills; and a commitment to serving indigent clients convicted of crimes. Clinical or professional background in immigration and / or criminal law is preferred. 

Languages
Fluency in Spanish is preferred.  Please note all language skills and level of proficiency in your application.

Salary and Benefits & EEO Policy
Salary is commensurate with experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Deadline to Apply
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. 

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and at least three (3) references by mail or email to: Patricia Kane, Prisoners’ Legal Services of NY, 41 State St., Suite M112, Albany, NY  12207 or to pkane@plsny.org. Include “PLS Immigration Attorney” in the subject line along with your preference for office location. No phone calls please.








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