Albany Law Staff Attorney for Community Development Clinic

02 Jul 2019 9:59 AM | Lauren Bartlett (Administrator)

ALBANY LAW SCHOOL seeks a Staff Attorney to join the Community Development Clinic. The Community Development Clinic delivers a clinical experience for law students interested in business and transactional practice, exposing them to the legal needs of small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

The Community Development Clinic provides brief advice, advocacy assistance, popular education, and full legal representation to start-up entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organizations from underrepresented and excluded communities in isolated urban and rural areas.  The Clinic provides assistance on a broad range of transactional and business law matters related to small business development including entity formation, contracts, commercial leases, real estate transactions, securities, tax, and intellectual property.

In addition to representing clients, students in the Clinic participate in a weekly seminar addressing substantive legal issues related to fieldwork projects.  The seminar involves skills development components including interviewing, client counseling, and transactional lawyering-focused skills, such as negotiation, and drafting contracts, leases, and other business-related documents.

The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities include representing clients, engaging in community outreach, supervising students, collaborating with community partners, assisting with the Clinic seminar and simulated learning activities, and other tasks related to carrying out the Clinic’s mission. 

Qualification Standards:

·        Candidates must be admitted to practice in New York prior to employment.

·        Qualified candidates will possess at least four (4) years, or the equivalent, of experience representing and counseling small businesses/ nonprofits.

·        Experience in a particular area of business law, such as securities, tax, intellectual property, or a related area, as well as with business planning a plus.

All work will be conducted with the support of full-time clinical faculty director (s). 

Candidates must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and must possess strong written and oral communication skills.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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