Criminal Defense Practice Decarceration Project Supervising Attorney

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Full Time



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Headquarters: 199 Water Street
New York
New York
United States


The Criminal Defense Practice's Decarceration Project is seeking a Supervising Attorney for the Decarceration Project. For over a year the Decarceration Project has been helping poor New Yorkers navigate the inequities of the money bail system. The Project is the first of its kind in the country, and a national voice for changing how public defenders confront pretrial detention. More recently, the Decarceration Project has expanded to include sentence advocacy on behalf of people held in prison or jails and has begun a pilot project focused on cis and trans women incarcerated pretrial. The Decarceration Project's work presents a model for reform, both in New York and nationally.

The Supervising Attorney assists the Director of the Special Litigation Unit in directing the Project's legal and policy work. The Supervising Attorney serves as a resource to staff on applicable policies and law, and reviews work.


* Supervise staff attorneys, paralegals, support staff, volunteers, and interns

* Engage directly in litigation and collaborate with other attorneys in setting litigation priorities and managing cases

* Manage and evaluate staff to ensure best practices in client representation and adherence to contract and administrative requirements

* Monitor and maintain a high standard of representation and client service

* Coordinate intake and engage in review of systems for intake and client response

* Foster and encourage teamwork and communication

* Respond to client, community, and staff concerns

* Evaluate office needs and identify necessary resources to address the needs

* Analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy, and supervise implementation of legal strategies

* Reinforce and maintain staff accountability

* Train and mentor staff members

* Conduct community education, training, and outreach and promote the work of the Project


* General managerial duties, administrative tasks, and data collection

* Hiring and supervision of interns and volunteers

* Other duties as assigned


Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters


* Admission to the New York bar 

* Minimum 7 years of legal practice, preferably on behalf of incarcerated people to a substantial degree

* Experience supervising lawyers and legal staff in litigation and administrative advocacy preferred

* Excellent litigation and advocacy skills

* Collegiality and ability to work in teams

* Demonstrated commitment to prisoners' rights

* Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills

* Pro bono, government, public service, and academic experience is desirable, but not required

* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Minimum Education Required

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