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Staff Attorney - Disability Rights 

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About the Organization Disability Rights New York (DRNY), the Protection and Advocacy System for New York State, is seeking an experienced individual with a passion for achieving justice for individuals with disabilities. This is an opportunity to join a statewide organization advancing the legal rights of people with disabilities. DRNY challenges systemic abuse, neglect, discrimination, and legal rights violations through legal case-handling, individual and systemic reform litigation, public investigations, advocacy, and collaboration with stakeholders. Justice for individuals with disabilities is DRNY’s focus.  

The Staff Attorney in the PAIMI Program is an attorney for individuals with mental illness. The Staff Attorney will provide legal services and engage in individual and systemic representation and litigation. This position reports to the Program Director. The Staff Attorney:

  • Provides individual and systemic legal representation to ensure protection of the rights of individuals with mental illness;
  • Analyzes existing cases as well as other matters to determine if they present systemic issues which may be appropriate for DRNY to address, and, with the Program Director, formulate strategies for their prevention, reduction or elimination;
  • Investigates allegations of abuse and neglect;
  • Monitors state and private facilities and service providers for abuse, neglect and compliance with federal and state laws;
  • Drafts investigative and monitoring reports;
  • Consults with professionals such as attorneys, physicians, psychologists, therapists, educators, and others to identify options and barriers for individuals and groups;
  • Assists people with mental illness in advocacy and systems change efforts including law reform litigation;
  • Supports DRNY projects and initiatives that foster self-advocacy, and coalition building;
  • Participates on task forces, coalitions, and committees, and conduct training and outreach activities.


  • Be a member in good standing of the New York State Bar or eligible to waive in from another jurisdiction;
  • 5+ years of legal experience representing clients;
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to public interest law;

  • Litigation experience;
  • Excellent communication skills; and
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

Preferred Skills

  • Public interest, civil rights, or disability law experience;
  • Experience working with diverse populations;
  • Systemic litigation experience - in state and/or federal court;
  • Knowledge of the Protection & Advocacy system.

Working Conditions

A Staff Attorney usually performs work in an office environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes take a Staff Attorney to non-standard workplaces. This position is based in Brooklyn, NY. A Staff Attorney will be expected to travel within and outside the state as necessary.

The Staff Attorney is a legal advocate for individuals with disabilities. The Staff Attorney will provide legal services and engage in individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities. This position reports to the Program Director.

Internal Scope

Schedule: 9am-5pm Reports to: Program Director Travel: 10%>

Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Disability Rights New York - Brooklyn  
Position Staff Attorney - Disability Rights (PAIMI)  
Position Requirements  
Number of Openings 1  

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