The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice has an open Mental Health Attorney position in the New York County office. The Mental Health Attorney is responsible for providing legal expertise to clients with potential mental health issues. The Mental Health Attorney must be able to work well with other defense attorneys, doctors, social workers, prosecutors, judges, as well as hospital, corrections, and court staff.
* Handle hospital arraignments
* Attend 730 exams, and 390 exams when necessary
* Advise Staff Attorneys on mental health issues
* Help attorneys identify clients with mental health issues
* Screen clients to determine fitness and/or criminal responsibility
* Assist attorneys in formulating appropriate dispositions or trial strategy
* Help attorneys obtain psychiatric experts
* Conduct or second seat 330.30 hearings (dangerousness)
* Work with clients who have been committed to hospitals as unfit
In addition to other duties related to representation of the relevant client population, the Mental Health Attorney will be responsible for maintaining a reduced caseload. The Mental Health Attorney may, at times, be asked to cover intake, returns on warrants, and other similar institutional responsibilities.
* Admission to NYS bar
* Minimum of 5 years of practice experience
* Must have full felony certification
* Thorough knowledge of mental health law
* Demonstrated interest in working with a challenging client population
* Insight into the workings of the mental healthcare system
* Excellent writing and organizational skills
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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