Criminal Defense Practice Supervising Attorney (Citywide)

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Full Time



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New York
New York
United States


The Legal Aid Society, the largest social justice legal services organization in New York City, has immediate openings for dedicated and passionate Supervising Attorneys in our Criminal Defense Practice's Trial Offices in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. The Criminal Defense Practice is the primary public defender in New York City, providing holistic, client-centered representation to over 200,000 people facing misdemeanor, felony, and homicide charges. The Supervising Attorneys for our Trial Offices are on the front lines providing high-quality, zealous representation to the clients of the organization. They work alongside staff to provide direct representation to clients, as well as assist the organization in setting reform policies that better the lives of clients and communities.


The Supervising Attorneys lead a dedicated and dynamic team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals who represent the clients of the Criminal Defense Practice. They directly mentor, train, and supervise staff in the daily provision of zealous representation. Duties include, but are not limited to, observing hearings and trials, training new lawyers and law students, second-chairing hearings and trials, and evaluating client services. Supervising Attorneys generally carry a small caseload. The ideal candidate is a motivated leader who will consciously create and enhance a diverse workplace culture that is supportive, collaborative, and affirming to our clients and colleagues. This individual will coach, mentor, and develop all staff to advance their professional development and growth.




* New York State Bar admission (or ability to waive into New York State from another jurisdiction)

* At least 5 years of demonstrated commitment to public defense, social and racial justice, and equity

* Experience as a first chair in felony hearings and trials

* Knowledge of felony sentencing, mitigation, and alternatives to detention and incarceration

* Experience with direct and cross examination of expert witnesses

* Knowledge of relevant New York State laws including evidence laws, criminal and constitutional laws, statutory interpretation, and ethical principles contained in the Rules of Professional Conduct

* Excellent interpersonal coaching and development skills 

* Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a team of attorneys with varying skill levels

* Ability to challenge others to seek innovative and creative approaches to advocacy and to provide effective performance feedback and evaluation to encourage ongoing development

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 leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice, and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

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