JOBS

Client Services Director

OAD seeks a Client Services Director (CSD) to join its talented team. 

This position is designed to ensure that OAD’s attorneys and staff are able to effectively and compassionately respond to the unique circumstances confronting OAD’s clients, including, but not limited to, the effects of trauma; the mental, physical, social, economic and familial challenges arising from incarceration and solitary confinement; and the difficulties of post-incarceration community re-integration.  Thus, the CSD is an interdisciplinary position rooted in the intersecting fields of criminal law, social work, policy, administration and counseling.  Working hand-in-hand with the OAD attorneys, the CSD will support and advocate for clients while in prison, in parole proceedings, during re-entry, and in appellate and post-conviction litigation.

Responsibilities

  • Lead an early transition re-entry program, including a referral network of partnerships and memoranda of understanding with NYC social services, governmental and non-profit agencies;
  • Assist clients who are nearing the end of a term of incarceration, through the early days of re-entry, to address housing, government benefits, employment, mental health services and education needs;
  • Organize and lead client group meetings;
  • Foster relationships with, and conduct site-visits of, organizations/agencies who are, or will be, frequent service providers to OAD clients;
  • Coordinate with the Social Workers/Client Advocates/Mitigation Specialists at New York City’s other institutional public defender providers to stay abreast of the issues, resources and policies affecting people involved in the criminal justice system, and ensure that OAD clients have access to all necessary services;
  • Work closely with all OAD attorneys, especially those handling cases involving serious mental illness, sex offender registration, youth/adolescence, and other vulnerable populations;
  • As needed and when appropriate for the CSD responsibilities, assist OAD’s paralegals with the collection and analysis of medical, psychiatric, educational and institutional records;
  • Contribute to written submissions, including sentencing mitigation reports and parole advocacy petitions;
  • Participate in meetings with clients and their family members;
  • Assist attorneys with expert witnesses;
  • Appear in court when appropriate;
  • Lead trainings for attorneys and other social workers; and
  • Travel to New York State prisons to meet with clients and corrections agencies’ regional and central staff.

Qualifications

  • M.S.W. required, L.C.S.W. preferred;
  • Experience working with at-risk client populations (preferably with criminal justice involvement);
  • Advanced writing skills;
  • Knowledge of criminal procedure, government administration, social service, and forensic approaches is desired; and
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.  

Salary:

Competitive salary with excellent benefits.

To Apply:

Please send substantive cover letter and resume by email to jobs@appellatedefender.org, with “Client Services Director” in the subject line.

Staff Attorneys: Fall 2020

OAD is seeking Staff Attorneys, for three-year positions, to join its outstanding team

OAD is a training office. Thus, each 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 comprehensive training to Staff Attorneys, while assuring that OAD clients receive high-quality representation.

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 2020 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 $59,000 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: jobs@oadnyc.org, with a subject line in the email stating: Staff Attorney Position 2020

If necessary, questions may be directed to the same email address, with Question 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.