Criminal Defense Practice Supervising Attorney, Wrongful Conviction Matters-CAB

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Headquarters: 199 Water Street
New York
United States


The Legal Aid Society, the largest social justice legal services organization in New York City, has an immediate opening for a dedicated and passionate Supervising Attorney for Wrongful Conviction Matters in our Criminal Appeals Bureau. The Criminal Appeals Bureau is the largest post-conviction public defender in New York City, annually providing holistic, client-centered representation to over 1,000 people with misdemeanor, felony, and homicide convictions. The Supervising Attorney is on the front lines providing high-quality, zealous representation to the clients of the organization. She or he will work alongside staff and pro bono attorneys and supervise a Wrongful Conviction Paralegal and Investigator to provide representation to clients raising wrongful conviction challenges to their convictions, as well as assist the organization in setting reform policies aimed at undoing and preventing wrongful convictions so as to better the lives of clients and communities.



The Supervising Attorney will direct a Wrongful Conviction Paralegal and Investigator in the discharge of their duties. She or he will spearhead the development of a screening tool to facilitate the identification of cases warranting further investigation. The Supervising Attorney will work with Criminal Appeals Bureau attorney staff and teams of pro bono lawyers in the post-conviction litigation of wrongful conviction matters and will personally maintain a small caseload. In this capacity, she will personally draft extensive 440 motions and supervise others in the drafting of such motions. She or he will conduct trainings for new and more experienced legal and non-legal staff on issues relating to wrongful conviction cases. The Supervising Attorney will interface with other stakeholders in the wrongful conviction community seeking necessary legislative and other reforms directed at undoing and preventing wrongful convictions. 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.


Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters


* 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

* Significant experience in all aspects of criminal post-conviction representation with particular emphasis on the investigation and litigation or wrongful conviction claims

* Excellent research, writing, brief-writing, and oral argument skills

* Prior experience in directing investigations in complex wrongful conviction matters

* Prior experience in managing attorney staff and pro bono lawyers

* Comprehensive knowledge of relevant New York State and federal law 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 

* Excellent organizational, case management, and strategic planning skills

* Demonstrated ability to lead and develop a team of attorneys with varying experience 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, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Minimum Education Required