Staff Attorney- CGP

SelfhelpFull TimeRemote


Job Summary: The staff attorney works as part of a team with the CGP staff to provide comprehensive legal and advocacy services to guardianship clients.


Job Responsibilities:

    • Handle individual caseload in Article 81 guardianship law including handling guardianship discharges, including seeking permanent placement of a client; seeking expansion or contraction of powers; may include some Civil Court (Housing) appearances with staff and/or clients.
    • Works with and shares responsibility of supervising Program Specialists and volunteer attorneys.
    • Works with senior management and staff to develop case plans with respect to legal issues.
    • Able to competently and timely provide a full range of legal service. These services include, but are not limited to:


      • Administrative advocacy and representation at hearings before public and private agencies and authorities
      • Litigations in state courts
      • Drafting pleadings and other legal documents
      • Obtaining and reviewing documents and records
      • Legal research and writing
      • Negotiating and settling matters
      • Interviewing clients and providing appropriate advice
      • Referral to other sources of legal assistance


  • Participate in staff meetings, training seminars and community activities as appropriate.
  • Maintains required case records, reports and statistics in a timely and complete manner.
  • Handles special assignments and duties as assigned.
Selfhelp complies with all Federal, State and Local laws in regards to wages.

Knowledge, Skills And Requirements

  • J.D. is required.

  • Must have a license to practice law in the State of New York and maintain active registration with the New York State Office of Court Administration.

  • At least two years experience in elder or administrative law, is desirable, with experience in client representation, advocacy, training, and community education regarding Medicaid and other government entitlement programs.

  • Experience and/or demonstrated commitment in community service, government benefits, and social justice issues are desirable.

  • Familiarity with government entitlement programs and advocacy is a plus.

  • Russian, Spanish, Chinese dialects or other foreign languages are a plus.

  • Must be able to travel locally to make off-site visits.


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