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Staff Attorney PAIMI 

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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.


The Staff Attorney - Disability Rights in the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program is an experienced attorney for individuals rights. The Staff Attorney will provide legal services and engage in individual and systemic representation and litigation. This position reports to the Program Director.

Essential Functions

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

  • Provide legal, administrative and other appropriate means of representation, including individual and systemic representation, to people with disabilities to ensure the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities;
  • Investigate allegations of abuse and neglect and draft investigative reports;
  • Monitor service providers for abuse, neglect, and compliance with federal and state laws and draft monitoring reports;
  • 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;
  • Lead and support DRNY projects, project teams, and initiatives that foster self-determination and self-advocacy, and coalition building;
  • Lead and participate on task forces, coalitions, and committees as assigned, as well as conduct training and outreach activities;
  • Maintain accurate, confidential files;
  • Assist in preparing reports to funding sources;
  • Maintain accurate time records and client records, including accurate use of the client tracking database for DRNY to meet its programmatic and fiscal responsibilities, and to obtain prevailing party attorney fees when appropriate;
  • Timely open and close case files regarding client matters;
  • Perform related tasks consistent with skills, abilities, and general responsibilities as required to support DRNY, other duties as assigned;
  • Travel throughout New York State and outside of New York State as necessary to perform assigned job tasks.

Position Requirements


  • Be a member in good standing of the New York State Bar and maintain such standing throughout employment with DRNY;
  • Valid New York State drivers license;
  • Litigation experience;
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to public interest law;
  • 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.


Preferred Experience


  • Public interest, civil rights, or disability law experience;
  • Experience working with diverse populations;
  • Administrative hearing and litigation experience;


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. A Staff Attorney will be expected to travel within and outside the state as necessary.

Internal Scope

Schedule: 9am-5pm Reports to: Program Director Salary: Commensurate with experience Travel: Yes

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.

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

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