Appellate Advocates is a nonprofit public defender organization, based in New York City, which for over 25 years has been providing superior representation of individuals convicted of criminal offenses in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island who cannot afford private counsel. Our attorneys, from a variety of diverse backgrounds, are experienced in criminal law and believe in a holistic, client- centered approach to vindicating every client’s constitutional rights and working to overturn unjust convictions and sentences. While our main work is appeals, we also represent clients in Sex Offender Registration Act hearings, reinvestigate cases and file motions for post-conviction relief with a focus on ameliorating immigration consequences, and seek to vacate convictions for victims of sex trafficking.
Position Description: Supervising Attorneys are responsible for the primary review and oversight of briefs, motions, and all other substantive written work filed by this office. They are also expected to maintain a caseload and appear regularly in court. Finally, Supervisors participate in various management functions and decisions, including staff evaluations, and perform other operational duties.
Review of Briefs and Other Substantive Filings:
- Consult with attorneys and review the record as necessary, providing critical oversight of staff briefing decisions, including issue selection and argument development;
- Work directly with attorneys to maximize the impact of all issues raised in court filings;
- Ensure that work submitted is well-written and well-organized, research is thorough, analysis is accurate and persuasive, and all necessary elements of a legal argument have been presented for the maximum possible benefit;
- Promptly review and return attorney legal work;
- Be available for attorney consultations of all kinds, including, but not limited to, projects and work the supervisor will be overseeing directly.
- Handle a caseload of direct appeals from trial and plea convictions, as well as other cases where applicable;
- Strike the appropriate balance between supervision demands and work on their own caseloads.
- Participate as required in case-readiness screening;
- Participate in annual evaluation of attorneys and staff, offering detailed feedback regarding staff attorney written work, observations of oral argument, and case management;
- Participate in management decisions regarding office policies and procedures;
- Perform as needed administrative tasks necessary to the office’s function;
- Serve as a caseload monitor and mentor for 4-5 staff attorneys, including meeting with each attorney on a monthly basis to ensure responsible caseload management and to assist attorneys in meeting productivity expectations;
- Serve as initial supervisor for newly hired staff attorneys, which includes training, reading the record for the attorney’s first few cases, issue spotting, and closely overseeing the attorney’s work product.
- Admission to the New York State Bar or imminent plans for admission by applicant from another jurisdiction;
- Minimum of 5 years of criminal defense experience, 3 years of which consists of appellate and/or post-conviction criminal defense experience;
- A demonstrated commitment to public defense, racial and social justice, and equity;
- Comprehensive knowledge of criminal law, New York law preferred, including as to trial evidence, criminal and constitutional statutes and principles, and the ethical principles contained in the Rules of Professional Conduct;
- Significant experience in all aspects of criminal post-conviction representation;
- Excellent analytical skills, including, but not limited to, effectively organizing facts and legal arguments, recognizing gaps and weaknesses in presentation of facts and law, bringing creativity to the entire process of developing the arguments raised;
- Excellent writing ability including clearly, accurately, and persuasively presenting the factual narrative and legal arguments;
- Capacity to balance competing demands including case-management and prioritization of
- Demonstrated commitment in mentoring and guiding the professional development of a diverse team of attorneys with wide-ranging experience levels to collaboratively advocate for our clients;
- Ability to challenge others to seek innovative and creative approaches to advocacy and to encourage ongoing development by providing effective performance feedback and evaluation;
- A commitment to cultivating a workplace that fosters respect, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, with a client-oriented defense devoted to access to justice and zealous representation.
Salary and Benefits:
• Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time. Salary is dependent on experience.
How to Apply:
• Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references as a single PDF to
firstname.lastname@example.org, referencing “Supervising Attorney Position” in the subject line.
*Deadline: May 21, 2021.
Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system. We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.
Applicants with disabilities may contact Kim Cardoso directly via telephone (212-693-0085 ext.274) or e-mail (email@example.com), to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.