Criminal Defense Practice Supervising Attorney - CAB

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Full Time



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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 in the 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. 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.


* Lead dedicated and dynamic teams of attorneys, who, along with paralegals, a social worker and other staff, represent the clients of the Criminal Appeals Bureau

* Directly mentor, train, and supervise staff to foster professional development and growth

* Guide and monitor the productivity of staff attorneys and pro bono volunteer lawyers in all facets of post-conviction representation, including record review, issue selection and appellate brief writing

* Conceptualize, prepare and execute other post-conviction motions, including motions to vacate convictions under CPL Sec. 440.10 and motions to vacate unlawful sentences under CPL Sec. 440.20

* Prepare for and conduct Sex Offender Registration hearings and Sex Offender Risk-Level Modification petitions

* Prepare gubernatorial pardon and clemency applications 

* Carry a small caseload

* Consciously create and enhance a diverse workplace culture that is supportive, collaborative and affirming to clients and colleagues


* Other duties as assigned


Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters


* Admission to the New York State Bar 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

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

* 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 encourage ongoing development by providing effective performance feedback and evaluation


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.


You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. 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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