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Senior Staff Attorney
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. 
  • Representing people who cannot afford legal representation convicted of felonies in Manhattan and the Bronx on direct appeal in the Appellate Division and the New York Court of Appeals; in post-conviction motions and hearings; in hearings to determine classification level pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA); and in federal habeas corpus challenges to state court convictions;
  • Extensive researching and writing of appellate briefs;
  • Case conferencing, strategy development, client communication, and legal visits;
  • Advising clients as to all potential appellate options, including withdrawal of guilty pleas, where appropriate, as well as negotiating pleas or other remedies following reversal of convictions;
  • Collaborating with the Client Services Director and Client Services Coordinators to address prison condition issues and to assist clients with parole proceedings and re-entry preparation;
  • Developing and conducting training programs for incoming staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys, as well as CLE and training programs for outside defender organizations and assigned counsel, on substantive, procedural and practice-oriented criminal law topics;
  • Assisting with the intake evaluation of cases;
  • Supervising legal interns.
Position: Senior Staff Attorney
Organization: Office of the Appellate Defender
Location: New York,  NY 
United States
Salary: $93,800-102,200
Posting Start Date: 12/2/2022
Date Posted: 12/2/2022
  • J.D. degree graduation years 2014-17, with at least five years of relevant litigation experience and at least four years of experience in appellate practice.
  • Admission to the New York Bar, or ability to secure immediate admission to the New York Bar pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 520.10.
  • Outstanding legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills;
  • Ability to manage large case files (>1,500 pages) with complex legal issues.
  • Ability to litigate cases with minimal supervision.
  • Experience in trial court, particularly in post-conviction proceedings, is a plus.
  • Ability to occasionally supervise staff attorneys, pro bono attorneys and law students in litigating direct appeals, post-conviction motions, or sex offender registration hearings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the representation of people who are indigent and convicted of crimes; understanding of the racial and economic issues underlying the administration of criminal justice; and a strong belief in the value and importance of communication with and respect for all people.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
P?lease submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample by email to: jobs@oadnyc.org, with a subject line in the email stating: Senior Staff Attorney Fall 2022 Position. The cover letter should address: (1) why the applicant is interested in working at OAD; and (2) what skills or experiences make the applicant a strong candidate.
Status: This listing expires on: 3/2/2023
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Office of the Appellate Defender

New York,  NY 10007
United States
David Bernstein