Staff Attorney

(Starting After July 1, 2018)

OAD seeks a Staff Attorney, for a three-year position, to join its outstanding team.  Each OAD Staff Attorney is closely supervised, including “double-teaming” of each case.  Under the “double-teaming” method, the Supervisor assigned to the case reads the entire appellate record, and works closely with the Staff Attorney to identify appellate issues and develop a theory of the case.  The Supervisor also edits drafts of the briefs and helps to prepare the Staff Attorney for oral argument.  This model provides high-quality training to Staff Attorneys, while assuring that no client is compromised by being represented by a less-experienced attorney.

OAD is devoted to maintaining a staff of lawyers with diverse backgrounds and experiences.  Every OAD staff member shares a profound commitment to public service and to defending the disadvantaged. 

Responsibilities:

  • Representing poor people convicted of felonies in Manhattan and the Bronx on direct appeal in the Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals; in post-conviction motions and hearings; in hearings to determine classification level pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA); and in federal habeas corpus challenges to state court convictions;
  • Extensive researching and writing of appellate briefs;
  • Case conferencing, strategy development, client communication, and legal visits;
  • Advising clients of potential appellate options, including withdrawal of guilty pleas, where appropriate, and negotiating pleas or other remedies following reversal of conviction;
  • Assisting clients with parole proceedings and re-entry preparation.

 Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree;
  • Admission to the New York Bar, ability to promptly secure such admission, or registration for July 2018 New York Bar Examination;
  • 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 collaboratively and independently;
  • Prior criminal defense experience, particularly at the appellate level, is highly preferred.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary for OAD staff attorneys is based on years of experience, and currently starts at $54,000 for law graduates.  OAD offers an excellent benefits package.

Application Process:

Applications will be considered and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.  Interested applicants should submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter.  The cover letter should address.

  1. Why the applicant is interested in working at OAD;
  2. What skills or experiences make the applicant a strong candidate.

Application materials should be sent by email to staffattorney2018@appellatedefender.org, with a subject line in the email stating: Staff Attorney Position 2018.  If necessary, questions may be directed to the same email address, with Question in the subject line.