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Staff Attorney, Veterans Defense Program (Long Island)
The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) is accepting applications from experienced attorneys for a Staff Attorney position with the Veterans Defense Program (VDP). Our mission is to provide training, support, and legal assistance to promote trauma-informed, client-centered representation of veterans and service members involved in New York State’s criminal and family court systems. The program’s primary work is to comprehensively assist defense attorneys in defending veterans facing criminal charges. As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of the VDP and be driven by the mission of the VDP. The values of the VDP are that every justice-involved veteran receives legal representation from an attorney who understands their military experience and culture, the effects of such experiences and culture, and who can present this information to the court in support of therapeutic outcomes. 

The Staff Attorney will provide assistance to defense teams whose veteran clients are facing criminal prosecution, and facilitate justice system diversion for affected veterans. Duties include working strategically to enhance public defender capacity; educating defenders about military culture and mindset; assisting attorneys in preventing incarceration or mitigating sentences of veteran clients suffering from the invisible wounds of war such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including through the preparation of mitigation memoranda and reports; and assisting, training, and consulting with defense attorneys, particularly those involved in public defense.

The Staff Attorney is also responsible for the supervision of VDP employees who are based on Long Island.
Position: Staff Attorney, Veterans Defense Program (Long Island)
Organization: New York State Defenders Association
Location: Batavia,  NY 
United States
Salary: DOE. NYSDA offers a generous benefit package, including paid vacation, personal, and sick time; health, dental, and vision insurance; FSA; and 403(b).
Posting Start Date: 7/10/2021
Date Posted: 7/10/2021
Requirements The candidate should have significant litigation experience, strong leadership skills, excellent research and writing skills; and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. The successful candidate will possess substantial criminal defense experience, the ability to engage in collaborative decision-making, and a commitment to seeking a reduction in the prosecution, conviction, and incarceration of veterans. Preferred knowledge and experience: sentencing mitigation experience; experience with military and veteran issues; and knowledge regarding the latest developments in PTSD, TBI, and other combat-related stressors. 

The successful candidate will be based in Long Island and have the ability to travel within Nassau and Suffolk counties and New York City. Some statewide travel will also be required. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Long Island office staff are currently working remotely. Applicants must be able to work remotely or in an office, depending on future program needs. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in New York. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.
Status: This listing expires on: 10/8/2021
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New York State Defenders Association

Batavia,  NY 14020
United States
Gary Horton