Job and Internship Opportunities

Staff Attorney (Rochester or Kingston office)

The Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights, with a focus on agricultural and other low-wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change. The organization is currently seeking to hire a full-time Staff Attorney to join its legal team. The position will be located in WJCNY’s Rochester or Kingston, New York offices based on the preferences of the candidate and the organization.

Job Title: Staff Attorney

Supervisor: Executive Director

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Summary: The Staff Attorney will maintain an active litigation docket focused on labor and employment claims on behalf of low-wage workers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Job Requirements:

  • Engage in all duties related to the litigation of labor and employment law, specifically wage and hour, discrimination, civil trafficking, and agricultural and migrant worker claims.
  • Review intakes on worker rights matters, make determinations on available remedies and address follow-up services including but not limited to advice and counsel, brief services, and litigation. On occasion, staff attorneys may be asked to perform off-site intake and/or work outside of regular business hours.
  • Develop effective impact strategies to address workplace exploitation.
  • Maintain contact and collaboration with relevant community organizations, government agencies and bar associations that may be of assistance in serving clients or reaching organizational goals.
  • Advise staff on legal, policy or legislative matters as needed.

Job Qualifications:

  • J.D. and admission to practice in New York, or ability to gain admission within a reasonable time frame.
  • At least 1-3 years of relevant civil litigation experience and a demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights, immigrant rights, or other relevant social justice causes.
  • Strong legal writing, research, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Written and verbal Spanish fluency is preferred.
  • Experience with immigrant and/or low-wage workers and an ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural and ethnic diversity of the organization’s service population.
  • A valid driver’s license.

Compensation: WJCNY offers a generous comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid sick and vacation time, and retirement savings contributions. Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and based upon a union-negotiated compensation scale.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to John Marsella, Esq. by e-mail at jmarsella@wjcny.org. Please include “Staff Attorney” in the subject line of your e-mail.

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

 

Labor & Employment Paralegal (Kingston office)

The Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights, with a focus on agricultural and other low-wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change. The organization is currently seeking to hire a full-time Labor & Employment Paralegal to join its legal team. The position will be located in WJCNY’s Kingston, New York office.

Job Title:  Labor & Employment Paralegal

Supervisor: Executive Director

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Summary: The Labor & Employment (L&E) Paralegal provides critical case support to WJCNY’s attorneys focusing on the labor & employment docket, with a focus on client intake, client contact and litigation support.

Job Description:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for current and potential clients.
  • Conduct initial legal screenings and triage each intake for follow-up services including but not limited to brief services, referrals, non-engagement, consultations or direct representation.
  • Provide assistance in case development: gather case information including key documents from clients, organize case information (create timelines, case chronology or other organizational tools to support potential litigation) and conduct relevant research as requested by attorneys.
  • Provide client translation and interpretation (oral and written English & Spanish) in office and in court settings.
  • Under attorney supervision, draft court documents, check legal citations, and organize briefs, exhibits and appendices for court filings, as well as other litigation support tasks as needed.
  • Maintain substantive knowledge of state and federal protections for farmworkers and other low-wage and immigrant workers, including but not limited to state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws, anti-discrimination laws, and civil court procedure.
  • On occasion, the L&E Paralegal may be asked to perform off-site intake and/or work outside of regular business hours.

Qualifications:

  • Paralegal certificate, Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and English (required).
  • 1-3 years of relevant paralegal experience in either a law firm or legal services organization setting (required).
  • A demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights, immigrant rights, or other relevant social justice causes.
  • A conscientious self-starter and ability to work well both independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Comfortable working under the pressure of deadlines and an ability to manage a large number of cases, as well as client intake, simultaneously.
  • Prior knowledge of or experience with low-wage worker and immigrant communities, including life experience, is preferred.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based Google applications.
  • Experience with LexisNexis and/or Westlaw is preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license.

Compensation: WJCNY offers a generous comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, paid sick and vacation time, and retirement savings contributions. Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and based upon a union-negotiated compensation scale.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to John Marsella, Esq by e-mail at jmarsella@wjcny.org. Please include “Paralegal” in the subject line of your e-mail.

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Summer Legal Internship (unpaid)

Worker Justice Center’s Kingston and Rochester offices are currently recruiting legal interns for Summer 2017. It is our goal at Worker Justice Center to provide our legal interns with an academically enriching experience,
gaining real-world experience in the practice of law, with a focus on litigation. Interns will work directly with, and under the supervision of, the Worker Justice Center attorneys on a variety of legal matters. Assignments include but are not limited to:

• Researching a variety of legal issues related to employment law and low-wage worker advocacy;
• Drafting legal documents, including discovery demands and responses, initial pleadings and court correspondence; and
• Attending all court conferences, mediations and depositions (as available) for professional development.
While not required, preference will be given to law students who demonstrate a commitment to public service through their coursework or extracurricular activities. Bilingual preferred (Spanish).

Eligibility: The WJCNY Legal Internship is open to second and third-year students only.

How to Apply: To apply to the Kingston Office, please send a cover letter, resumé (including contact information for 2-3 personal and/or professional references), original writing sample, and a school transcript (unofficial is acceptable) via email to Laura Revercomb at lrevercomb@wjcny.org. To apply to the Rochester Office, please send all of the materials listed above via email to John Marsella at jmarsella@wjcny.org. Only complete applications will be considered.Worker Justice Center legal internships are unpaid and do not guarantee a position with Worker Justice Center upon completion.