OAD is one of New York City’s oldest providers of legal representation to people who cannot afford to pay an attorney for the appeal of a felony conviction. OAD’s core mission is to ensure full and equal access to justice by providing high-quality and client-centered representation throughout the appellate process. This approach enables our attorneys to hone in on the best issues for appeal, to tell our clients’ stories effectively, and to identify and pursue other forms of advocacy that are most effective for each client’s unique circumstances. OAD is committed to developing and litigating innovative legal theories that most effectively demonstrate the injustices that our clients have experienced.
OAD is devoted to recruiting, hiring, and retaining a workforce comprised of individuals from different cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, ages, genders, and physical abilities. OAD recognizes that our clients are predominantly Black and Brown people and firmly believes that a diverse staff is important to providing this standard of representation. Every OAD staff member shares a profound commitment to public service and to defending people who have been disadvantaged by legal and economic systems.
Reporting to the President and Attorney in charge, the Managing Attorney centralizes all administrative management responsibilities. The Director of Client Services, Office Manager, and Paralegal staff are direct reports to the Managing Attorney.
The Managing Attorney coordinates intra-office practice (intake, case flow, case assignments), and serves as OAD’s liaison to the courts, offices and agencies that impact case management. The Managing Attorney also oversees all non-legal staff functions. The Managing Attorney may supervise a small caseload and/or engage in parole and clemency advocacy.
Leadership of intra-office practice
- Provide oversight for the non-legal support staff, including but not limited to working with the office manager to develop practices and protocols surrounding reception, facilities management, office supplies, and information technology;
- Collaborate on office-wide legal policies and best practices, in light of the needs of the clients and the impact of racial and class disparities in the criminal legal system;
- Oversee the work of the client services team– conditions, reentry, parole – in collaboration with Director of Client Services;
- Provide training, supervision, and feedback to paralegal staff, including intake and record collection, and other substantive case support;
- Supervise AmeriCorps NLADA VISTA program and fellow(s);
- Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff;
- Support the development of an inclusive office culture that centers racial equity.
- Gather data and prepare required reports for funders;
- Develop and maintain case filing practices and protocols;
- Field questions from staff and troubleshoot with specific case filing problems and inquiries;
- Direct support staff on hard copy filings where appropriate and necessary, such as for New York Court of Appeals cases;
- Oversee case and record intake processes;
- Lead team tasked with the assignment of cases;
- Develop and maintain case closure practices and protocols, including digitization of physical files, followed by archival, storage, and/or disposal of such files;
External Relationships and Advocacy
- Facilitate updates to OAD’s electronic resource portal and client management system.
- Liaise with other institutional appellate providers to develop coordinated strategies for the work we do in New York City and New York State;
- Liaise with clerks in the trial and appellate courts, for general purposes and to initiate specific case inquiries;
- Liaise with contemporaries in local District Attorneys’ offices and ensure consistent compliance with agreed-upon protocols.
||Office of the Appellate Defender
||New York, NY
||Starting at $120,000
|Posting Start Date:
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with a subject line in the email stating: Managing Attorney Position. The cover letter should address:
- J.D. degree, with at least 7 years of litigation experience and a preference for at least 4 years of appellate criminal litigation.
- Admission to the New York Bar, or ability to secure immediate admission to the New York Bar pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 520.10.
- A minimum of 3 years’ supervisory and case management experience, with an interest in and commitment to the professional development, training and support of attorneys, paralegals, client service coordinators, legal interns, and administrative staff.
- Demonstrated commitment to representing poor people convicted of crimes, and a strong belief in the value of communication with clients.
- Legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
- Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
(1) why the applicant is interested in working at OAD; and
(2) what skills or experiences make the applicant a strong candidate.
||This listing expires on: 3/2/2023