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Supervising Attorney

OAD currently seeks a Supervising Attorney to join its talented staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Represent clients and supervise staff attorneys, pro bono attorneys, and law student interns on all aspects of client representation on direct appeal in the Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals, including case conferencing and strategy development, client communication and legal visits, brief drafting, oral argument, and leave applications.

  • Represent clients and supervise staff attorneys in post-conviction matters in State court, including filing post-conviction motions and conducting hearings challenging the lawfulness of convictions and sentences pursuant to Article 440 of the New York Criminal Procedure Law, as well as engaging in reinvestigation efforts as necessary.

  • Represent clients and supervise staff attorneys in hearings to determination classification level pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA).

  • Represent clients and supervise staff attorneys in federal habeas corpus challenges to state court convictions.

  • Advise clients as to all potential appellate options, including withdrawal of guilty pleas, where appropriate, as well as negotiating pleas or other remedies following reversal of conviction.

  • Assist clients with parole proceedings and reentry preparation.

  • Develop and conduct training programs for incoming staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys, as well as CLE and training programs for outside defender organizations and assigned counsel, on substantive, procedural and practice-oriented criminal law topics.

  • Assist in supervision and management of staff attorney caseloads.

  • Assist with Intake evaluation of cases.

  • Participate in administrative and office policy development, including staff evaluation and recruitment.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree, with at least 5 years of appellate litigation experience.

  • Admission to the New York Bar, or ability to secure immediate admission to the New York Bar pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 520.10.

  • Outstanding legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.

  • Demonstrated commitment to representing poor people convicted of crimes. 

  • Strong belief in the value and importance of communication with and respect for clients.

  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.

  • Supervisory and case management experience strongly preferred, with an interest in and commitment to the professional development, training and support of attorneys, legal interns, and administrative staff.

  • Experience in trial court, particularly in post-conviction proceedings, is a plus.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to jobs@appellatedefender.org, with a subject line in the email stating: Supervising Attorney Position.


Staff Attorney Positions

OAD offers three-year staff attorney positions to lawyers who have demonstrated top-level skills in legal research and writing, as well as a commitment to providing legal services to the indigent.  All OAD staff attorneys participate in a comprehensive training program covering all significant procedural and substantive areas of criminal law and appellate practice.

We are not currently accepting applications for these positions. We will begin accepting applications in Fall 2017 for positions beginning in 2018.


Summer Internships

We are not currently accepting applications.

Other Positions

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) is New York’s oldest provider of appellate representation to poor people convicted of felonies, and the City’s second oldest institutional indigent defense offense. Since its founding in 1988, OAD has maintained a national reputation for superb appellate advocacy and innovation, as well as a holistic, client-centered approach to representation. OAD has repeatedly been recognized by the New York State Bar Association, and the appellate courts, for excellent representation.

OAD seeks an experienced, flexible person to handle all accounting functions, and human resources administration. Candidate must have strong analytical and communication skills, including the ability to work with all levels of employees, board members, vendors and funders. In addition, candidate must be committed to social justice and the mission of OAD and must be able to work well in a diverse and progressive office environment.

Finance Responsibilities

  • Maintain effective financial relationships with government funders by assisting with contract and amendment reviews, adhering to billing and analytical requirements, and providing data on OAD as needed; 
  • Perform all accounts payable and receivables functions including submission of invoices to government agencies using their online systems;
  • Handle bill payment;
  • Reconcile accounting system (Quickbooks) with fundraising database;
  • Handle credit card processing and bank reconciliations;
  • Manage cash and arrange and manage credit facilities;
  • Negotiate and maintain vendor relationships and conduct analyses to determine best vendor(s) based on price and service;
  • Pro-actively maintain insurance coverage, including consistently re-evaluating current conditions and securing different coverage as needed; 
  • Determine and execute appropriate expense allocation methodologies;
  • Maintain all payroll data, oversee time keeping/attendance system and reconcile bi-weekly payroll runs;
  • Develop periodic financial reports and variance analyses, and assist with budget development and tracking;
  • Prepare financial analyses for external (financial), government and Worker’s Compensation audits;
  • Prepare underlying analyses for financial statements and Form 990;
  • Work with all auditors providing data/analyses as requested.

Human Resources and Administration Responsibilities

  • Streamline and standardize recruitment and hiring processes, including assisting OAD staff in developing job announcements, executing outreach strategies, screening candidates, interviewing, checking references and extending job offers;
  • Assist OAD staff with the management of the new hire orientation process, including W-4s, hire letters, direct deposit, etc;
  • Maintain personnel files;
  • Work with outside consultant(s) in determining nature and cost of annual benefits provided to employees;
  • Administer the employee benefit plans including medical, flexible spending and health reimbursement plans, disability, pension plans, TransitCheks;
  • Develop and/or update organizational policies and procedures for effectiveness;
  • Ensure compliance with key filing and reporting dates.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor=s Degree with a concentration in Business, Finance, or Accounting; 
  • At least 5 -7 years relevant experience, preferably in the non-profit sector; 
  • Excellent organizational skills; 
  • Proficiency in Quickbooks Pro and Excel.

Salary:
Competitive salary with excellent benefits. 

To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to jobs@appellatedefender.org, with “Finance and Administration Officer” in the subject line.


PARALEGAL/INTAKE SPECIALIST

The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) is New York’s oldest provider of appellate representation to poor people convicted of felonies, and the City’s second oldest institutional indigent defense offense. Since its founding in 1988, OAD has maintained a national reputation for superb appellate advocacy and innovation, as well as a holistic, client-centered, approach to representation. OAD has repeatedly been recognized by the New York State Bar Association, and the appellate courts, for excellent representation.

OAD handles post-conviction cases from the Bronx and Manhattan, including direct appeals before the Appellate Division, First Department, and the New York Court of Appeals. OAD also litigates sex offender registration level hearings, drug law resentencings, and motions to overturn wrongful convictions (including claims based on new or undisclosed evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel).  OAD additionally advocates for improved prison and parole conditions, and provides reentry assistance.

OAD seeks a Paralegal/Intake Specialist to assist with OAD’s client intake process, including collecting, gathering and organizing documents; drafting motions and correspondence; and maintaining contact with clients and their family members.  The ideal candidate will have a commitment to social and criminal justice, an appreciation of the obstacles faced by our indigent clients – including issues of race, gender, class, and ethnicity – and the ability to work effectively in a diverse and progressive office environment. 

Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring Appellate Division orders for newly assigned cases;
  • Opening case files and gathering information about new cases;
  • Creating and maintaining database entries for new cases;
  • Digitizing, filing, and responding to client letters, questionnaires and releases;
  • Responding to calls from clients and their family members;
  • Securing, copying and scanning court files and trial counsel files;
  • Ordering transcripts and exhibits;
  • Assisting with cataloguing and organizing discovery;
  • Reviewing case files before assignment to attorney teams;
  • Sending affidavits and drafting motions;
  • Maintaining grant management system information, and assisting with grant application filings;
  • Corresponding with court staff;
  • Scheduling legal calls with clients and communicating with prison officials regarding conditions issues;
  • Visiting clients in prison.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Talent for managing multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently;
  • Ability to work on a team and independently;
  • Flexible self-starter who is willing to tackle new projects and take on additional work, as needed;
  • Strong belief in the value and importance of communication with and respect for clients.

Salary:
Competitive salary with excellent benefits. 

To Apply:
Please send substantive cover letter, resume, and salary history by email to jobs@appellatedefender.org, with “Paralegal/Intake Specialist” in the subject line.
 


OAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.