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Community Integration Fellowship 

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About the Organization DRNY, the Protection and Advocacy System and the Client Assistance Program for New York State is seeking an individual with a passion for achieving justice for individuals with disabilities. With a focus on civil rights and disability justice, DRNY actively works to break down the systemic oppression of all people with disabilities. DRNY recognizes the intersecting legacies and effect of ableism, white supremacy, colonial capitalism, and gendered oppression on people with disabilities. Joining DRNY is an opportunity to challenge systemic abuse, neglect, discrimination, and rights violations through case-handling, individual and systemic litigation, public investigations, advocacy, and collaboration with stakeholders. DRNY is committed to examining bias, privilege, racism, and intersectional social change in all aspects of our work. DRNY is a civil rights advocacy leader and we are seeking new staff who will contribute to our values and mission.


It has been nearly 50 years since the abuse and neglect at the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island and other similar institutions was publicly exposed. The images of horrific conditions at this facility galvanized a generation of advocates to demand dignity of care and community-based living with robust supports. DRNY’s Community Integration Legal Fellow will address individual and systemic barriers that people with disabilities still face in accessing their communities.

The Fellowship is a one-year position. The Legal Fellow will report to the Director of the Protection and Advocacy for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (PADD) program.

Essential Functions

The Fellow 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;
  • 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.



  • Law degree from an accredited law school;
  • 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;
  • COVID Vaccination required unless exemption granted by DRNY.


Preferred Experience

  • Public interest, civil rights, or disability law experience;
  • Litigation and administrative hearing experience;
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Experience working on community integration and access
  • Bilingual preferred;
  • NYS Driver’s license preferred.


Working Conditions

A Legal Fellow usually performs work in an office environment, but the mission of the organization may sometimes take the Legal Fellow to non-standard workplaces. Remote working will be part of working conditions.

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 - Albany  
Position Community Integration Fellowship  
Number of Openings 1  

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