Litigation Director


Litigation Director

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is an independent, non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to incarcerated individuals in New York State’s prisons. Through its main office in Albany, and its five regional offices in the Bronx, Buffalo, Ithaca, Plattsburgh and Newburgh, PLS represents incarcerated clients in state and federal courts in both individual and class action litigation related to prison conditions, engages in administrative and legislative advocacy, and provides advice and information to incarcerated New Yorkers. PLS also operates a separately funded program focused on providing representation in immigration proceedings. PLS’s Pro Bono Project works with large law firms in major class action litigation and with individual practitioners in individual cases. Recent litigation includes challenges to the use of solitary confinement, claims of excessive force, challenges to disciplinary hearings and denials of temporary release and programming, habeas corpus petitions, and ADA claims.


The Litigation Director is responsible for the legal work of the program. The Litigation Director monitors the program’s administrative advocacy and litigation, reviewing all proposed federal litigation and non-routine state court litigation, and supervising the legal work of PLS’ Pro Bono Project. The Litigation Director also maintains a litigation caseload. The Litigation Director participates in ongoing program-wide strategic planning efforts to identify emerging issues, set priorities, and decide what type of advocacy will be most effective for each issue. The Litigation Director also has primary responsibility for developing and implementing training programs for PLS staff on substantive law, professional responsibility issues and litigation skills. The preferred candidate will have a minimum of 10 years litigation experience and five years management experience.


The Litigation Director reports directly to the Executive Director and is part of the organization’s management team.


PLS offers a salary that is competitive with other public interest law firms in upstate New York, and sets salaries depending on experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k)-retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three (3) references by email to: pkane@plsny.org. Due to the volume of applications expected, only people who are contacted for interviews will receive a response. The position will remain open until filled.


Managing Attorney – Newburgh, NY

Managing Attorney – Newburgh, NY

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is searching for a Managing Attorney for our Newburgh, New York regional office. PLS is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons. PLS engages in administrative advocacy and litigation primarily in cases involving civil rights, claims of deliberate indifference to serious mental health and medical needs, conditions of confinement, prolonged placement in solitary confinement, mental health treatment, child visitation and support, excessive use of force, sentence computation issues, immigration and pre-release and re-entry. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services to the disadvantaged.


The Newburgh Office Managing Attorney is responsible for managing the Newburgh regional office. The position requires the skills of a lawyer, a litigator, a supervisor, and an administrative manager and personnel manager. Applicants should be self-motivated and capable of complex analytical work. Applicants must also possess excellent legal research and writing skills, strong communications skills, and a desire to work in a collaborative work environment.


Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York State. Applicants must also have a minimum of five (5) years of legal practice experience, preferably in at least one of the following areas: prisoners’ rights, civil legal services, civil rights, immigration law, poverty law and/or state and federal litigation, and three (3) years of management experience. Fluency is Spanish is also preferable. 


PLS offers a salary that is competitive with other public interest law firms in upstate New York, and sets salaries depending on experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three (3) references by email to: pkane@plsny.org. Due to the volume of applications expected, only people who are contacted for interviews will receive a response. The position will remain open until filled.



Elementor #8883

Gina Andrade

Paralegal/Legal Secretary
(518) 694-8699 ext. 2112

Gina was born in Brooklyn, New York. Gina graduated from the University at Albany, SUNY with a bachelor’s degree in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino studies. She is currently in the master’s program there and is set to graduate with her Master’s in May 2022. Starting in the fall she will be pursuing her Ph.D. Her research interests are in Mexico specifically transnational families, and femicide. She intends to stay in academia being a college professor and at some point, having the opportunity to teach in Mexico. She has gotten the opportunity to travel to Japan, Ecuador and Puerto Rico, and hopes to continue traveling to many other places. In her free time, Gina likes to read, try different boba places and dog-sit.

General Counsel

General Counsel

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is an independent, non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to incarcerated individuals in New York State’s prisons. Through its main office in Albany, and its four regional offices in the Bronx, Buffalo, Ithaca and Newburgh, PLS represents incarcerated clients in state and federal courts in both individual and class action litigation related to prison conditions, engages in administrative and legislative advocacy, and provides advice and information to incarcerated New Yorkers. PLS also operates a separately funded program focused on providing representation in immigration proceedings. PLS’s Pro Bono Project works with large law firms in major class action litigation and with individual practitioners in individual cases.

PLS invites applications for the position of General Counsel. The successful candidate will competently and comprehensively provide legal advice, assistance and suggested strategies to PLS Management and the PLS Board of Directors on contract, personnel, and compliance issues. This position will also represent and advise management on labor relations and employment/labor issues, including arbitrations and other administrative proceedings (Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, etc.), contract negotiations, interpretation and administration of collective bargaining agreements and other complex and emerging issues affecting PLS. The candidate will also review and write various internal legal contracts, negotiate and manage funding and vendor contracts, serve as an in-house resource for all staff on matters of professional legal ethics, work with the PLS Board on matters of nonprofit governance and ensure legal compliance regarding employee safety. The General Counsel will handle all legal matters involving PLS as a party including working with outside counsel when necessary.

The General Counsel reports directly to the Executive Director and is part of the organization’s management team.

The candidate must have a juris doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school, be a member of the New York State bar or eligible to practice in New York State within six months of being hired, and have a minimum of five (5) years of legal experience in litigation/labor and employment. The preferred candidate will also have sound knowledge and understanding of applicable laws and regulations, and the ability to make prudent legal decisions. Top candidates will be team players with outstanding advocacy and people skills.

PLS offers a salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and competitive with other public interest law firms in upstate New York. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k)-retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three (3) references by email to: pkane@plsny.org. Due to the volume of applications expected, only people who are contacted for interviews will receive a response. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Immigration Staff Attorneys – Albany & Buffalo, NY

Immigration Staff Attorney Positions – Albany & Buffalo, New York

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking the immediate hire of immigration attorneys in its Albany and Buffalo offices. Attorneys will provide free legal representation to individuals incarcerated in New York State in removal proceedings in the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP), and to individuals in immigration detention at the Albany and Clinton County Jails, whose cases are calendared at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY.

Overview
PLS is a non-profit legal services organization providing civil legal services to indigent individuals in New York State correctional facilities in cases where no other counsel is available. Founded in 1976 in response to the Attica uprising, PLS has regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh.

As part of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), PLS provides free legal representation to non-citizens incarcerated in New York State prison facing immigration removal proceedings under the Institutional Hearing Program (IHP) and individuals in immigration detention at the Albany and Clinton County Jails. These proceedings take place at the Bedford Hills, Downstate, and Ulster Immigration Courts, located inside New York State correctional facilities in upstate New York and at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY.

Job Description
The ideal candidate would have strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills; the ability to work in a collaborative and dynamic team environment; excellent organizational skills; and a commitment to serving indigent clients convicted of crimes. Clinical or professional background in immigration and / or criminal law is preferred.

Languages
Fluency in Spanish is preferred. Please note all language skills and level of proficiency in your application.

Salary and Benefits & EEO Policy
Salary is commensurate with experience. PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, pregnancy or veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Deadline to Apply
Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis.

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three (3) references by mail or email to: Patricia Kane, Prisoners’ Legal Services of NY, 41 State St., Suite M112, Albany, NY 12207 or to pkane@plsny.org. Include “PLS Immigration Attorney” in the subject line along with your preference for office location. No phone calls please.

PLS Response to the Buffalo TOPS Shooting

PLS Response to the Buffalo TOPS Shooting

Our hearts are with the families, friends, and community of the victims of the horrific racially motivated massacre at the Jefferson Avenue TOPS in Buffalo. To help the community in Buffalo heal, consider a donation to one of the following organizations***:

 

PLS condemns white supremacy in every form. In the wake of this tragedy, we are reminded of the words of civil rights activist John Lewis:  “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”

 

*** PLS is not affiliated with any of the above organizations

CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

CONVICTIONS BEYOND A CONVICTION

HELP PRISONERS’ LEGAL SERVICES CELEBRATE NATIONAL PRO BONO WEEK

National Pro Bono Week (October 23rd – 29th) is a time to celebrate and recognize the dedicated work of pro bono volunteers, as well as to educate the community about the many legal and other issues faced by our clients. PLS is happy to announce that this year we will again be celebrating National Pro Bono Week with an event highlighting our commitment to serving the incarcerated community.


This will be our 11th year celebrating pro bono work and to start off this second decade, we will also be compiling a book of poetry written exclusively by incarcerated individuals.

Inspired by Brian Stevenson’s quote “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done,” we are seeking poetry submissions from incarcerated people that focuses on who you are apart from your conviction and incarceration. We want to help you tell people on the outside who you really are.


  • What do you believe in?
  • What are your ambitions, hopes, and dreams?
  • What do your children, parents, family, and friends mean to you?
  • How have your past experiences shaped you as a person?
  • What do you want others to know about you, beyond your conviction?


Unlike past years where our Pro Bono Event has focused on specific topics such as solitary confinement, immigration, medical care and education, this year’s theme, Convictions Beyond a Conviction, is purposely broad. Our goal is to give every incarcerated New Yorker a chance to contribute, express themselves, and have their voices heard. If you speak/write in a language other than English, please feel free to send us a submission in your primary language, that is, the language in which you are most comfortable expressing yourself. We will compile selected submissions into a book of poetry, and some of those poems will be presented by professional actors during a live performance at our National Pro Bono Week celebration.


Poems should be no more than one (1) page in length and mailed to: Pro Bono Director, Prisoners’ Legal Services of NY, 41 State Street, Suite M112, Albany, New York 12207, no later than June 30, 2022.

 

By sharing the poems of incarcerated people, we hope to educate the public, and recruit attorneys to take cases pro bono, thus increasing access to justice for indigent incarcerated persons across the State. While we cannot guarantee that each piece will be read or included in our publication, we encourage all submissions and will do our best to integrate as many as possible in the book and our event. The book will not be sold for profit and PLS reserves the right to make editorial changes to submissions.


Please note that contributing your story for the Pro Bono Event described above is not the same as seeking legal assistance/representation from PLS. If you are seeking legal assistance, you must write separately to the appropriate PLS office.


PLEASE INITIAL ON THE APPROPRIATE LINE(S) AND SIGN BELOW, AND ENCLOSE WITH YOUR SUBMISSION:   PLS Poetry Submission Form for National Pro Bono Week 2022

Marc Bachman

Marc Bachman

Immigration Staff Attorney

41 State Street, Suite M112

Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-445-6050 

mbachman@plsny.org

Marc earned his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, at Tulane University and his Juris Doctor at  Syracuse University College of Law, where he was an active member of the Moot Court Board and a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Trial Practice. For more than 15 years, Marc practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and commercial real estate at large New York City law firms. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey and is fluent in Spanish. In 2019, Marc volunteered in Tijuana, Mexico, with the Al Otro Lado Border Rights Project, counseling refugees stranded at the US-Mexico border in their asylum claims. Marc’s experience in Tijuana and his desire to help those less fortunate led him to the practice of immigration law in 2018, as a volunteer immigration attorney with the Northeast Justice Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts and The Legal Project in Albany, New York. Marc joined PLS in November of 2020. In his spare time, he enjoys alpine skiing, running, cycling, international travel, meditation and reading Spanish novels

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