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Senior Staff Attorney, Non-Citizen Client Project

The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) is one of New York City’s oldest providers of legal representation to people who cannot afford to pay an attorney for the appeal of a felony conviction. OAD’s core mission is to ensure full and equal access to justice by providing high-quality and client-centered representation throughout the appellate process. This approach enables our attorneys to hone in on the best issues for appeal, to tell our clients’ stories effectively, and to identify and pursue other forms of advocacy that are most effective for each client’s unique circumstances.  OAD is committed to developing and litigating innovative legal theories that most effectively demonstrate the injustices that our clients have experienced.

OAD handles post-conviction cases from the Bronx and Manhattan, including direct appeals, sex offender registration level hearings, drug law and domestic violence survivor re-sentencings, and motions to overturn wrongful convictions (including claims based on new or undisclosed evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel).  OAD also advocates for improved prison and parole conditions, and provides parole advocacy and reentry assistance.

OAD seeks a project attorney with a demonstrated commitment to advocating for and protecting immigrants’ rights to assist with our representation of non-citizen clients in New York criminal and appellate courts. The ideal candidate will have a background in immigration law, preferably where it intersects with New York criminal law, and possess strong writing skills. Appellate litigation experience is not required, and training will be provided as necessary. Further, the ideal candidate is a team player who will be willing to help out in other aspects of our holistic practice as needed.

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:

  • Reviewing pertinent criminal and immigration court client records to assess the immigration consequences of client convictions;
  • Establishing and improving internal protocols for the office’s holistic representation of non-citizen clients;
  • Providing support for and advice to other attorneys regarding the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and the general needs of our non-citizen clients;
  • Working with support staff, clients, and court personnel to collect documents and records necessary to perform analysis regarding client criminal history on immigration status;
  • Representing non-citizen clients in direct appeals, state post-conviction relief, and other advocacy through motion practice and negotiation of immigration-safer dispositions.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate;
  • Must be admitted to practice in New York courts;
  • Commitment to public defense and holistic representation of indigent clients;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Post-law school experience in removal defense and/or in immigration court is strongly preferred;
  • Fluency in languages other than English is also strongly preferred.

Salary:
Competitive salary with excellent benefits.

To Apply:

Application materials, including substantive cover letter, resume, and writing sample should be addressed to Margaret Knight, Recruitment Director, and sent by email to jobs@oadnyc.org. The subject line in the email should state: Non-Citizen Project Attorney 2021.  If necessary, questions may be directed to the same email address, with Question in the subject line.

Client Services Coordinator

The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) is New York City’s oldest provider of appellate representation to people convicted of felonies who cannot afford a lawyer, and the City’s second oldest institutional indigent defense office.  Since its founding in 1988, OAD has maintained a national reputation for superb appellate advocacy and innovation, as well as a holistic approach to representation.  OAD has been repeatedly recognized by the New York State Bar Association, and the appellate courts, for excellent representation.  OAD’s core mission is to ensure full and equal access to justice by providing high-quality and client-centered representation throughout the appellate process.

OAD handles post-conviction cases from the Bronx and Manhattan, including direct appeals, sex offender registration level hearings, drug law and domestic violence survivor re-sentencings, and motions to overturn wrongful convictions (including claims based on new or undisclosed evidence, prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel).  OAD also advocates for improved prison and parole conditions, and provides parole advocacy and reentry assistance.

OAD seeks a Client Services Coordinator to assist with OAD’s client intake process, including collecting, gathering and organizing documents; drafting correspondence; and maintaining contact with clients and their family members.  The ideal candidate will have a commitment to social and criminal justice, an understanding of the trauma endured by our clients, including issues pertaining to race, poverty, gender, class, and ethnicity, will be able to work effectively in a diverse and progressive office environment.  They will share OAD’s core belief in the value and importance of communication with and respect for people with felony convictions (both inside of prison and out).  They will be a flexible self-starter who is willing to tackle new projects and take on additional work, as necessitated by the evolving needs of our clients and practice.

Responsibilities

  • Supporting attorneys in preparation for litigation:
    • Securing, copying and scanning court files, files from trial attorneys, and files from immigration counsel;
    • Creating and maintaining database entries for new cases;
    • Sending affidavits and drafting motions;
    • Corresponding with court staff;
    • Assisting with cataloguing and organizing office databases including discovery, grants, etc.
  • Supporting clients during and after their incarceration:
    • Responding to calls from clients and their family members;
    • Working with clients and prisons to address conditions of confinement issues;
    • Digitizing, filing, and responding to client letters, questionnaires and releases;
    • Scheduling legal calls and visits with clients, including those incarcerated in prison facilities throughout New York State
  • Advocating for clients through OAD’s Parole Advocacy Project:
    • Collecting background records, and securing letters of support and letters of reasonable assurance;
    • Creating parole advocacy letters and packets;
    • Preparing clients for parole interview hearings
    • Managing and updating database of parole-eligible clients.

Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Talent for managing multiple tasks simultaneously and efficiently;
  • Ability to work on a team and independently;
  • Spanish fluency is highly preferred;
  • Experience working with city and state corrections is also a plus.

* Applications from people who were formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged.

Salary

Competitive salary with excellent benefits.

To Apply

Please send substantive cover letter and resume by email to jobs@oadnyc.org, with a subject line in the email stating: Client Services Coordinator.  Application materials should be addressed to David Bernstein, Managing Attorney.  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.