JOBS

Senior Staff Attorney, Reinvestigation Project

OAD currently seeks a Senior Staff Attorney to join its Reinvestigation Project.

Responsibilities

  • Represent people convicted of felonies in post-conviction matters in State court, including researching, writing, and filing post-conviction motions and litigating evidentiary hearings challenging the lawfulness of convictions and sentences pursuant to Article 440 of the New York Criminal Procedure Law.
  • Reinvestigate and evaluate felony convictions by, inter alia, reviewing trial discovery, interviewing trial attorneys, field investigation, supervising investigators/paralegals/interns, consulting with experts (eyewitness identification, false confession, forensics, etc.) and coordinating with other OAD attorneys on case reinvestigations.
  • Negotiate pleas or other dispositions following reversal or vacatur of convictions.
  • Litigate evidentiary hearings ordered on remand from the Appellate Division, First Department, including suppression hearings and reconstruction hearings.
  • Represent OAD clients in various proceedings in Bronx Supreme Court and New York County Supreme Court, including: re-sentencings, hearings to determine classification level pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), and bail applications.
  • Represent people convicted of felonies 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.
  • Advise clients as to all potential appellate options, including withdrawal of guilty pleas.
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • J.D. degree, with at least five years of trial court litigation experience, including felony trial experience.
  • Admission to the New York Bar, or ability to secure immediate admission to the New York Bar pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 520.10.
  • Significant experience in case investigation and familiarity with wrongful conviction issues such as eyewitness identification and false confessions.
  • Significant experience with New York City criminal defense practice at the trial level, including discovery, NYPD procedures and documentation, and prosecution policies and practices. Experience working with the Bronx and New York County District Attorney’s Offices is a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the representation of poor people convicted of crimes; understanding of the racial and economic issues underlying the administration of criminal justice; and a strong belief in the value and importance of communication with and respect for people convicted of felonies.
  • Ability to litigate independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to occasionally supervise staff attorneys, pro bono attorneys and law students in the litigation of direct appeals, post-conviction motions, or sex offender registration hearings.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Spanish language fluency is a plus.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample by email to: jobs@appellatedefender.org, with a subject line in the email stating: Senior Staff Attorney – Reinvestigation Project – Position.

AmeriCorps/NLADA VISTA Program: Data Systems

The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) is one of New York’s oldest provider of appellate representation to poor people convicted of felonies, and the City’s second oldest institutional indigent defense organization.  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 one-year VISTA member to bolster OAD’s ability to manage and distill information from our cases, court decisions, and overall practice.  This data is critically relevant to our clients and the functioning of the criminal justice system overall – e.g., whether the law is fairly applied by prosecutors, police officers, defense attorneys, and judges.  Increasing OAD’s capacity to synthesize this data, and to preserve institutional knowledge, will improve our individual case litigation and foster a greater understanding of broader patterns impacting New York City’s criminal justice system, as well as increase the efficiency and efficacy of our practice.  The VISTA member will help develop processes and database tools that our attorneys can implement to provide our clients and their communities more immediate relief from illegal, misguided and/or failed laws, policies and procedures.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete a site assessment of OAD’s current data collection processes and analytical tools to determine their effectiveness in advancing OAD’s mission to provide high-quality, client-centered representation for poor people convicted of felonies.
  • Develop database tools and procedures that complement the duties of legal staff, while increasing OAD’s capacity to track information relevant to clients and cases and OAD’s overall legal representation in a variety of proceedings.
  • Assist in interpreting the data and presenting the results in formats that can enhance policy reports, amicus briefs, social media campaigns and proposed legislation.
  • Plan and develop training events and guides for OAD staff to effectively integrate data systems and databases in the appellate defense docket.
  • Attend trainings sponsored by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.

Qualifications:

  • 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 problem-solve both collaboratively and independently.
  • Expertise with database and spreadsheet software.
  • Experience with information systems and/or programming preferred.

Salary/Benefits:

For information about the NLADA/VISTA program, 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/vistacampus/files/LivingAllowanceRatesByCounty7-7-2019_0.pdf

To Apply:

Please submit an application on the AmeriCorps website by July 3, 2019, for the listing “NLADA Data Systems VISTA - Field NY OAD” at:

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=90111

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.