Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney-PRDU (Fall 2019)

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



Headquarters: 199 Water Street
New York
United States


The Parole Revocation Defense Unit has four openings for Staff Attorneys in the Fall 2018 class. A PRDU Staff Attorney represents clients accused of violating their conditions of release at administrative parole revocation hearings held at the Rikers Island Judicial Center, federal detention facilities, and hospital prison wards throughout New York City. The Staff Attorney also appears on behalf of clients at related habeas corpus proceedings, administrative appeals, and other post‐conviction proceedings. The practice is fast‐paced and litigation‐intensive.

PRDU maintains offices at 199 Water Street, but attorneys spend significant amounts of time at Rikers and other facilities in the NYC area.


* Responsible for handling parole revocation at all stages, including preliminary hearings, calendar appearances, discovery practice, negotiations, contested hearings, administrative appeals, and post‐ conviction hearings

* Work with unit support staff, paralegals, and investigative staff to provide zealous and effective defense representation

* Partner with PRDU social work team to identify and develop mitigation for clients who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues, medical needs, or who are otherwise suitable for alternatives to incarceration


* Other duties as assigned


Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters


* NYS Bar Admission is required. Those applicants who have submitted applications for the NYS bar and are pending admission or are a law school graduate in May 2018 and are planning to sit for the July 2018 bar exam will be considered.

* No more than 3 years of relevant experience

* Strong courtroom skills

* A background in criminal and/or administrative law or prison-related litigation is particularly relevant

* Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred

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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Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required