AmeriCorps/NLADA VISTA Program: Community Partnerships
OAD seeks a one-year VISTA member to strengthen OAD’s partnerships with community and criminal justice stakeholders in New York City. The VISTA member will work to ensure that the office has a meaningful understanding of the ways in which criminal laws and policies impact its individual clients, their families and their communities. The VISTA member will also build OAD’s capacity to share critical and current information that will ease the trying process of navigating the criminal justice system. Thus, the VISTA member will improve OAD’s ability to provide truly holistic appellate defense representation -- not only by identifying resources relevant to our clients’ most basic but as yet unmet needs during and after incarceration, but also by creating and cementing connections between OAD and impacted communities.
· Create and verify a community map of partners, peers, and stakeholder groups who are invested in OAD’s mission to provide high-quality, client-centered representation for poor people convicted of felonies.
· Identify and cultivate relationships with local grassroots and grasstops organizations, with an emphasis on creating effective and meaningful dialogue with communities directly impacted by New York’s criminal justice system and mass incarceration.
· Update and enhance OAD’s resource guide for clients who face challenges in prison and during the reentry process by conducting site visits and meetings with key partnership organizations.
· Plan and develop training events and guides for OAD staff to effectively integrate community resources and partnerships in the appellate defense docket.
· Assist with creating informational and substantive materials that will be useful for intra- and inter-office information sharing.
· Attend trainings sponsored by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.
· Demonstrated commitment to issues of racial and social justice that affect people who are or have been incarcerated and their connected communities.
· Outstanding communication and listening skills, in both one-on-one and group settings, with people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences.
· Strong belief in the value and importance of communication with and respect for clients.
· Ability to work and write both collaboratively and independently.
· Familiarity with neighborhoods in the counties of New York and the Bronx.
· Experience with organizing and empowering marginalized communities preferred.
For information about the NLADA/VISTA stipend, please visit the following CNCS Vista websites:
CNCS/AmeriCorps VISTA website: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista
AmeriCorps VISTA stipends: https://www.vistacampus.gov/sites/default/files/LivingAllowanceRatesByCounty_Effective7_9_2017.pdf
Please submit an application on the AmeriCorps website for the listing “Defending Communities in Service- Community Partnerships NY” at:
Supervising Attorney: Volunteer Appellate Defender (VAD) Program
OAD seeks a Supervising Attorney to oversee its Volunteer Appellate Defender (VAD) Program. OAD’s VAD Program offers Associates in sponsoring law firms an opportunity to represent poor people in criminal appeals with intensive OAD supervision. The primary goal of the VAD Program is to provide the highest quality appellate representation possible, while offering each volunteer attorney a litigation experience that is unparalleled among existing pro bono programs. The Supervising Attorney will serve as the primary Supervisor for OAD’s VAD cases. Working closely with and under the supervision of OAD’s Attorney-in-Charge, s/he will also serve as a liaison to the private bar and will develop/cultivate relationships with current and future VAD firms by, inter alia, leading trainings for new VAD Associates; offering presentations about the VAD Program at firms, bar committee meetings, conferences, etc.; identifying and profiling potential VAD cases; engaging/organizing the VAD alumni; and developing incentive structures for increasing involvement in the VAD Program. The Supervising Attorney will also maintain an independent docket of post-conviction cases.
· Represent clients and supervise VAD attorneys in all aspects of post-conviction representation in direct appeals to the Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals, post-conviction motions and hearings challenging the lawfulness of convictions and sentences pursuant to Article 440 of the New York Criminal Procedure Law, federal habeas corpus petitions, and any/all reinvestigation efforts.
· Responsible, independently and in a supervisory capacity, for case conferencing, strategy development, legal visits, legal research, brief writing, oral argument, leave applications, client communications, post-appeal negotiations, and assisting clients with parole proceedings and reentry preparation.
· Develop and conduct training programs for VAD associates/firms on substantive, procedural and practice-oriented criminal law topics.
· Ongoing engagement with and cultivation of current and potential VAD firms and associates.
· Develop/maintain administrative, financial, informational, promotional and substantive materials for the VAD Program.
· Assist with Intake evaluation of cases, including identification and prioritization of VAD-appropriate cases.
· A J.D. degree, with at least 7 to 10 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 working with and for large private NYC law firms preferred.
Please send substantive cover letter, and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “VAD Supervising Attorney” in the subject line.
OAD currently seeks a Supervising Attorney to join its talented staff.
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 determine 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.
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 email@example.com, with a subject line in the email stating: Supervising Attorney Position.
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.