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Posted by: The Legal Aid Society - 3/28/2019
Job Expires: 4/16/2019
Criminal Practice Staff Attorney - DNA Unit
The Criminal Defense Practice of The Legal Aid Society has two openings for Staff Attorney positions in its DNA Unit. One is for the Bronx trial office and the other for our Water Street office. The DNA Unit provides citywide support on DNA issues. DNA Staff Attorneys are the Society's in-house experts in DNA matters and provide support for Criminal Defense Practice attorneys and other defense attorneys. DNA Staff Attorneys maintain caseloads limited to matters where DNA evidence is involved and provide support, including expert assistance and second-seating, for DNA cases handled by other Society attorneys. All members of this citywide unit also work together to develop, implement, and coordinate Society policy and litigation strategy concerning DNA matters.


* Represent clients in criminal proceedings involving DNA
* Provide support and assistance for other Society attorneys handling DNA cases
* Provide in-house and external training on DNA issues
* Provide back-up support on DNA issues for other defense attorneys in New York City
* Advocate for policy changes in DNA matters, as needed


* Other duties as assigned

Bronx - Criminal Defense Practice Office



* Admission to the New York State Bar
* Extensive trial experience and expert trial skills
* Felony certification
* Experience working on DNA cases
* 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
* Excellent oral and written advocacy skills
* Excellent ability to train other staff
* Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
* Ability and willingness to work as part of a citywide team


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.


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 opens an email client application .

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