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Fellowship Opportunity 2019 - General 

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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 civil rights and 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.


Fellowship Opportunity with Disability Rights New York


New York residents with disabilites can contact DRNY for assistance with problems directly related to their disabilities. DRNY investigates complaints and provides direct assistance to callers with disability-related issues under the terms of its federal grants and its annual goals and priorities. The P&A programs are briefly described below:

  • PADD - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • PAIMI - Protection and Advocacy for Individulas with Mental Illness
  • PAIR - Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights
  • PAAT - Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology
  • CAP - Client Assistance Program
  • PAVA - Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access
  • PATBI - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • PABSS - Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security

To learn more about these P&A programs and their respectful priorities, please click here for more information.

Essential Functions

The Fellow performs a wide range of duties, including the following:

  • Analyze new and 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;
  • Act in accordance with identified Priorities and Goals of the Program;
  • Consult with professionals such as attorneys, physicians, psychologists, therapists, educators, and others to identify options and barriers for individuals and groups;
  • Maintain accurate, confidential files;
  • Maintain accurate time records and client records, including accurate use of the client tracking database for DRNY to meet its programmatic and fiscal responsibilities;
  • Perform related tasks consistent with skills, abilities, and general responsibilities as required to support DRNY, and other duties as assigned;
  • Travel throughout New York State and outside of New York State as necessary to perform assigned job tasks.


  • JD or law degree from an accredited law school or recent law school graduate sitting for the next available NY bar exam;
  • Ability to bring full grant or other funding;
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently and collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Relationship building skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong problem solving skills;
  • Outstanding professionalism and ethical judgement;
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals.


  1. Public interest, civil rights, or disability law experience;
  2. Experience working with diverse populations.

Working Conditions

A Fellow usually performs work in an office environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes take a Fellow to non-standard workplaces. A Fellow will be expected to travel within and outside the state as necessary.


This position is currently offering opportunities in our Albany, Brooklyn, and Rochester offices.


Apply directly to the following weblink: DRNY Fellowship and click on "Apply Now". Please supply the following:

  1. A proposal or letter of interest detaling the objective of this fellowship as it applies to DRNY's mission and also describing your approach to research, achievieving the tasks necessary, and perspective outcome.

  2. A resume of relevant experience

  3. At least one (1) writing sample demonstrating issue analysis and legal writing skills

  4. Preferably three (3) professional references with names and contact information

To view more about our organization, check out our YouTube videos highlighting DRNY’s mission in advocating for the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Please visit our DRNY YouTube Channel and review our DRNY Newsletter.

Position Requirements  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Disability Rights New York - Statewide  
Position Fellowship Opportunity  
Number of Openings 1  

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