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Supervising Attorney - Criminal Defense Practice/Homicide Practice Group

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The Bronx Defenders


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Published 29 days ago

January 18, 2021
$102,500 - $122,500

The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an experienced trial attorney with at least ten years of criminal defense experience and who satisfies the First Department requirements to represent and supervise others in representing people charged with homicide offenses for our Homicide Practice Group (HPG). (Click here for the First Department Homicide Panel requirements.) 

Overview

The Bronx Defenders is a public defender non-profit that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the legal system, and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself. BxD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic and diverse staff. Our staff of over 400 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, benefits specialists, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, who collaborate to provide holistic advocacy to address the causes and consequences of legal system involvement. Through this integrated team-based structure, we have pioneered a groundbreaking, nationally-recognized model of representation called holistic defense that achieves better outcomes for our clients. 

Each year, we defend more than 20,000 low-income Bronx residents in criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases, and reach thousands more through our community intake, youth mentoring, and outreach programs. Through impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community organizing, we push for systemic reform at the local, state, and national level. We take what we learn from the clients and communities that we serve and launch innovative initiatives designed to bring about real and lasting change.

The Criminal Defense Practice (CDP) at The Bronx Defenders is a team of over 150 attorneys, investigators, social workers, practice associates, and administrators who provide comprehensive criminal defense representation to people in the Bronx facing police and criminal legal system involvement. CDP attorneys collaborate zealously with the advocates and administrators on interdisciplinary holistic teams to identify and address issues that contribute to our client’s ensnarement in the criminal system and the enmeshed consequences that arise out of their contact with the system With a client-centered approach, our CDP attorneys strive to gain a deeper understanding of our clients’ circumstances and priorities. Armed with that understanding, they fight for our clients’ desired outcomes by strategically raising personalized, persuasive arguments in mitigation, negotiations, and litigation. 

The Homicide Practice Group (HPG) is a limited team of experienced attorneys, social workers, mitigation specialists, and investigators in CDP who specialize in homicide cases. While it is a specific group of senior practitioners within the larger organization, HPG is committed to encouraging a wide range of attorneys, with many different levels of litigation experience, to become involved in homicide work.

Role & Responsabilities

Experienced homicide attorneys will work collaboratively with other attorneys and advocates at BxD to support the work of the CDP and the HPG. Major responsibility will be the focus on supervising and mentoring less experienced attorneys as they work on homicide cases. This work will involve being the first chair while less experienced attorneys will be a second chair, co-counseling homicides, and closely supervising other homicide cases. It will involve a large investment in developing the skills of less experienced staff members so that they can soon handle homicide cases.  

  • Represent clients charged with homicide and serious felony offenses, from arraignment through disposition or trial, as well as other offenses based on the needs of the practice
  • Provide comprehensive, team-based representation collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of attorneys and advocates to avoid or mitigate any legal system involvement or civil consequences
  • Effectively litigate, confidently negotiate and skillfully advocate with judges, prosecutors, and other actors in all fora
  • Co-counsel cases with other attorneys within and beyond the criminal defense practice when appropriate
  • Serve as a resource for case conferencing with other attorneys and advocates on the HPG
  • Other responsibilities may include:
  • supervising and mentoring attorneys and non-attorney advocates in other areas of the practice,
  • training, researching, and developing knowledge of new trends and developments in the law, 
  • collaborating with practitioners outside of BxD to develop best practices in the representation of clients charged with homicides

 Qualifications

Applicants must have: 

  • Ten years of experience as a criminal defense trial attorney
  • Supervisory and mentoring skills, including but not limited to a demonstrated:
  • interest in the professional development of other attorneys and advocates
  • ability to provide intentional and constructive feedback
  • flexibility in balancing needs of supervisees against own caseload
  • Membership in good standing to the New York Bar or eligibility for immediate admission to the New York Bar (notwithstanding delays due to COVID-19)
  • Represented clients in over sixty felony cases, from arraignment to resolution and resolved at least ten criminal cases post-indictment with negotiated pleas, dismissals, or other non-trial dispositions
  • Conducted at least ten preliminary hearings or fifteen post-indictment hearings in which oral testimony was taken and a decision was rendered
  • Conducted at least five post-indictment jury trials that proceeded to verdict in which you served as lead or sole counsel, and eight post-indictment jury trials that proceeded to verdicts as co-counsel
  • Cross-examined at trial at least four of the following types of expert witnesses: medical, ballistics, fingerprint, DNA, psychiatric, identification, etc.
  • Ability to advocate and persuade effectively in court appearances and interactions with adversaries, judges, and juries
  • Ability to effectively analyze legal issues, draft motions and memoranda, and orally argue for relief
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on a team of social workers, investigators, administrators, and advocates from other practice areas on behalf of clients
  • Commitment to an interdisciplinary and client-centered approach to representation
  • Demonstrated interest, skill, and experience working with and challenging experts, particularly in the area of forensic science
  • Excellent communication and active listening skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment while maintaining organization
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Experience working in and with racially and ethnically marginalized communities targeted by systemic injustice
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people from various backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to receive feedback constructively, reflect and shift behavior accordingly
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment, discretion, and confidentiality around sensitive issues
  • Excellent verbal and written advocacy skills
  • Ability to think critically and creatively in fast-paced settings
  • Excellent judgment in zealous advocacy and willingness to strategically challenge authority in defense of clients
  • Strong legal analytical skills, and a strong capacity to explore non-legal resources and solutions
  • Commitment to raising one’s cultural consciousness and challenging oppressive practices on an interpersonal and institutional level

We value both lived and professional experience in meeting the above qualifications. 

Preferred Experience:

  • While experience with New York State practice generally, and Bronx County specifically, is beneficial, we believe that those who have practiced far from the Bronx, in quite different jurisdictions, are both qualified to apply and will have their own particular experience which can enrich our work. Prior homicide work in a public defender office will be considered a plus.

Salary is commensurate with experience. For candidates with 10-20 of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be approximately $102,500-$122,500. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan with employer contribution; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.  


The Bronx Defenders (BxD) – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an experienced trial attorney with at least ten years of criminal defense experience and who satisfies the First Department…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Managerial

Location

360 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451

How to Apply

To apply, please visit our career portal at the link above, select the position of interest, click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 

The application deadline is January 18, 2021. Please contact Ann Mathews Managing Director, Criminal Defense Practice, via email at annm@bronxdefenders.org with any questions regarding the position.


The Bronx Defenders is an equal opportunity employer and is cultivating an anti-oppressive workplace that embraces staff with a diversity of backgrounds, identities, and experiences. We acknowledge the ways in which systemic oppression and injustice can undermine access to professional opportunities and are committed to conducting hiring and promotion processes that are equitable and accessible to those commonly excluded from the workforce. We do not discriminate against and in fact specifically encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, neurodivergent, and those directly impacted by criminal, civil, family and immigration legal systems. We value lived as well as professional experience and particularly welcome applications from the Bronx community that we serve.

 


To apply, please visit our career portal at the link above, select the position of interest, click APPLY FOR THIS JOB ONLINE and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when…

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