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Supervising Attorney - Criminal Appeals Bureau (CAB)
Job Description

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, social workers 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.
  • Screen cases for potential issues to raise on appeal or in other post-conviction litigation.
  • Review and revise briefs in preparation for filing.
  • Carry a small caseload consisting of direct appeals, CPL Sec. 440.10 and 440.20 motions, Sex Offender Registration Hearings and Sex Offender Risk-Level Modification Petitions, clemency petitions, and other post-conviction relief.
  • Engage in strategic planning to increase the efficiency of CAB and ensure that clients continue to receive the highest quality representation.
  • Consciously create and enhance a diverse workplace culture that is supportive, collaborative and affirming to clients and colleagues
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Documents

Please submit these documents as a single combined PDF when you apply via the LAS (Legal Aid Society) Recruitment Portal.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
Deadline: Open Until Filled, Unless Date Is Posted Below (Deadline is 11:59 PM EST For Date Listed)
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters



The posting reflects the range of potential salaries for the role. The specific salary offers will be dependent on candidate qualifications, including collectively bargained salary steps for unionized roles.


Salary Range

$85,290 to $141,730




The leadership of The Legal Aid Society believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation, disability, and life insurance, and more. Salaries for our unionized jobs are governed by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please visit our Careers page for additional information. Salary and benefits information will be available to applicants, when and if, an offer is made.




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.




The Legal Aid Society is taking precautions and implementing safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to comply with New York City's requirements concerning Covid-19. All members of the Legal Aid community have a shared responsibility to support and comply with policies and protocols to protect the health and safety of our community. Learn more about our COVID-19 policy by visiting our website.




All applications must be completed online. We do not accept paper submissions. Please visit our Careers Page to review all current job postings, and instructions on the application process. For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org.


As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer, The Legal Aid Society prohibits discriminatory employment actions against and treatment of its employees and applicants for employment based on actual or perceived race or color, size (including bone structure, body size, height, shape, and weight), religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity (one’s internal deeply-held sense of one’s gender which may be the same or different from one’s sex assigned at birth); gender expression (the representation of gender as expressed through, for example, one’s name, choice of pronouns, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, or body characteristics; gender expression may not conform to traditional gender-based stereotypes assigned to specific gender identities), disability, marital status, relationship and family structure (including domestic partnerships, polyamorous families and individuals, chosen family, platonic co-parents, and multigenerational families), genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, credit history, unemployment status, caregiver status, salary history, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Position: Supervising Attorney - Criminal Appeals Bureau (CAB)
Organization: The Legal Aid Society
Location: New York,  NY 
United States
Salary: $85,290 to $141,730
Posting Start Date: 7/6/2023
Date Posted: 7/7/2023
  • Admission to the New York State Bar or ability to waive into New York State from another jurisdiction
  • Five years or more of demonstrated commitment to public defense, social and racial justice, and equity preferred
  • 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
Status: This listing expires on: 10/5/2023
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New York,  NY 10038
United States
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