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Law Graduate - Vaccine Access 

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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.



The Law Graduate in the Vaccine Access project will work on an educational campaign and stakeholder development to improve COVID-19 vaccine access in New York State. This position reports to the Legal Director.

This is a temporary full-time contract position estimated to last up to six months.


Essential Functions

The Law Graduate performs a wide range of duties under the supervision of a licensed attorney, including the following:


  • Provide legal, administrative and other appropriate means of representation to ensure the protection of the rights of individuals with disabilities;
  • Identify and develop stakeholder engagement to improve access to the COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Develop outreach materials and conduct outreach on COVID-19;
  • Monitor service providers to ensure equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine;
  • 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 Legal Director, formulate strategies for their prevention, reduction, and 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 in task forces, coalitions, and committees as assigned, as well as conduct training and outreach activities;
  • 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 where appropriate;
  • Timely open and close case and project files;
  • Preform related tasks consistent with skills, abilities, and general responsibilities as required to support DRNY, other duties as assigned; and
  • Travel throughout New York State and outside of New York State as necessary to perform assigned job tasks.


  • Be a graduate of an accredited law school and eligible to take the NYS bar exam;
  • 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;
  • Proof of COVID vaccination required; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


Preferred Experience

  • Experience working with diverse populations;
  • Bilingual preferred;
  • NYS Drivers’ license preferred.


Working Conditions

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

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 - Rochester  
Position Law Graduate - Vaccine Access  
Number of Openings 1  

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