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Posted by: The Legal Aid Society - 1/8/2019
Job Expires: 1/22/2019
Criminal Defense Practice Supervising Attorney (DNA Unit)

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 DNA Unit. The DNA Unit provides citywide support on DNA issues for the Society's trial and appellate attorneys, and also for other defense attorneys. This citywide unit also develops Society policy and litigation strategy concerning DNA matters. The Supervising Attorney will manage and advise the DNA Unit's attorneys, advance policy initiatives concerning DNA use and methodologies in criminal proceedings, oversee systemic DNA litigation, and expand the DNA Unit's expertise to include other areas of forensics.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

* Lead a dedicated and dynamic team of attorneys and support staff who comprise the DNA Unit
* Directly mentor, train, and supervise staff to foster professional development and growth
* Plan and implement strategic goals for the DNA Unit 
* Oversee systemic DNA-related litigation
* Manage policy advocacy on behalf of clients in DNA matters
* Coordinate in-house and external training on DNA issues
* Liaise with courts, prosecutors, crime laboratories, and other stakeholders on DNA-related matters affecting LAS clients and policy initiatives
* Organize resources for staff attorneys in the DNA Unit Plan and expand the expertise of The Legal Aid Society's DNA Unit to include other forensic areas (e.g., toolmark, latent print, etc.)
* 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 
* Consciously create and enhance a diverse workplace culture that is supportive, collaborative and affirming to clients and colleagues

SECONDARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

* Other duties as assigned

Posting End Date-11:59 pm EST
Jan 22, 2019
Location
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters
Requirements

TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

* Admission to the New York State Bar or ability to waive into New York State from another jurisdiction
* At least 5 years of demonstrated commitment to public defense, social and racial justice, and equity
* Significant experience in all aspects of criminal post-conviction representation
* Excellent trial skills
* Excellent research, writing, brief-writing, and oral argument skills
* Substantial background in forensics and the science of DNA or the demonstrated aptitude and willingness to acquire such knowledge and to maintain expertise, particularly in such areas as forensic biology and statistics 
* 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

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

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.

HOW TO APPLY

You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org .


 
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