Staff Attorney

OAD seeks two Staff Attorneys -- each for a term limited position (3 years) -- to join its outstanding team in September of 2019.

OAD's Staff Attorneys are closely supervised by a Supervising Attorney who reads the entire appellate record and works closely with the Staff Attorney to identify appellate issues and develop a theory of the case.  The Supervising Attorney also edits drafts of the Staff Attorney briefs and helps to prepare the Staff Attorney for oral argument.  This model provides both high-quality training to the Staff Attorneys and excellent representation to the OAD clients.

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.


  • Represent 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;

  • Assist clients with parole proceedings and re-entry preparation.


  • JD degree;

  • Admission to the New York Bar, or ability to promptly secure such admission;

  • 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.  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:

  • Why the applicant is interested in working at OAD; and

  • What skills or experiences make the applicant a strong candidate.

Application materials should be sent by email to, with "Staff Attorney Fall 2019" in the subject line.

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.