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Mitigation Specialist - Homicide Defense Task Force (HDTF)
Job Description

The Legal Aid Society has immediate openings for a Mitigation Specialists with the Homicide Defense Task Force to provide client services to individuals and their families who are charged with homicide offenses in Supreme Court.

While working closely as a member of an interdisciplinary Homicide Defense Task Force whose members include criminal defense attorneys, paralegals, and investigators, the Mitigation Specialist is responsible for providing case management (assessment, treatment planning, referral) and in-court advocacy; establishing and participating in collaborative alliances with various institutional, judicial and governmental entities; providing crisis and supportive counseling services to clients and their family members throughout the entirety of the court case.

• Conduct an extensive bio psycho social assessment of the client utilizing validated instruments when appropriate (BJMHS, TCU II drug screen, and MH Screening Form III)
• Review of all records including, but not limited to, medical, educational, psychiatric, and employment.
• Conduct extensive interviews of all collateral contacts for the purpose of informing the assessment as well as the legal strategy of the court case and the development of a treatment plan for the client
• Provide support during witness/expert interviews; provide weekly/regular supportive counseling to client and family members; court advocacy and program linkage; provide support to defense team members
• Provide supportive counseling to client and family around decision making as it relates to the court proceedings.
• Coordinate with staff from LAS Prisoner’s Rights Project as needed
• The mitigation specialist, in collaboration with defense team members, will identify the need for, and coordinate the utilization of experts
• Assess and coordinate other needs on behalf of the client such as access to benefits, (SSI, Medicaid) and any other concern as it relates to client’s well-being during the duration of the case
• Provide pre-entry services to clients who may enter state correctional facilities, including supportive counseling, planning for family needs,(i.e. child care, benefits) and coordination of support with state Department of Corrections staff to ensure a smooth transition
• Participate in and provide support for, data collection, periodic pilot projects and new initiatives
• 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)
Brooklyn - Criminal Court Office



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

$71,533 to $99,177




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.



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: Mitigation Specialist - Homicide Defense Task Force (HDTF)
Organization: The Legal Aid Society
Location: New York,  NY 
United States
Salary: $71,533 to $99,177
Posting Start Date: 7/6/2023
Date Posted: 7/7/2023
Requirements • Strong diagnostic skills and clinical experience working with the following client populations: MICA, physical illnesses and physical disabilities, mental illness, intellectual and developmental delays, and clients with histories of substance abuse
• Experience and/or post graduate training in family systems theory and/or trauma treatment
• Ability to interface with Judges, District Attorneys and Correctional Personnel
• Experience working in an interdisciplinary team model
• Excellent writing skills with an strong emphasis in persuasive writing
• Flexibility in schedule to accommodate work with family members
• Strong organizational skills
• Strong computer skills
• Candidates must have an MSW degree and NYS certification in social work (LCSW or LMSW with post graduate training as described above).
Status: This listing expires on: 10/5/2023
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