The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo
seeks to provide access to justice and due process to the most vulnerable
individuals, children and families in the Western New York community through
quality legal representation and assistance.
Definition: Under the direction of the Chief Operating
Officer (CEO), performs a variety of appellate, administrative and
supervisory activities in the area of criminal law; predominantly the
perfection of indigent criminal appeals on behalf of individuals convicted in various
counties in Western New York; performs related duties as required.
Characteristics: The Chief Attorney
is responsible for supervising every aspect of the appeals assigned to the
Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit (Unit), from overseeing the communication
with clients, to important public outreach activities with the legal community,
to coordinating moot court sessions for staff attorneys, to monitoring the
gathering of documents for records on appeal, to overseeing the proper filing
of pleadings and briefs with both the Appellate Division and the NYS Court of
Appeals. The Chief is also responsible
for monitoring the investigation and filing of post-conviction motions handled
by the Unit, including those seeking the vacatur of judgments and extending the
time to file notices of appeal.
Examples of Duties:
1. Participates in contract negotiations with
municipalities and not-for-profit indigent defense providers in order to secure
work for the Unit.
Handles his or her own case load, taking on all of the duties that a
staff attorney has in representing a client, including the drafting of the
brief, conducting oral argument and visiting clients in prison.
Supervises the managing attorney, all staff attorneys and all
administrative personnel within the Unit.
Coordinates with other Units in the Bureau regarding legal projects.
Supervises the staff attorneys' handling of their cases, including, but
not limited to, putting together the record on appeal by securing the necessary
documents (and the review of the record on appeal), the drafting of the brief,
legal research, communication with the client, oral argument, the drafting of
motions, administrative issues that arise in the filing of briefs, the securing
of stipulations to the record on appeal with the prosecution, the pace at which
progress is being made on each case and any other human resources-related issue
Conducts monthly meetings with Unit and weekly meetings with individual
Submits a written monthly report to the CEO and answers any inquiries
from the CEO; while keeping the CEO up to date on the happenings of the Unit
Keeps abreast of recent developments in criminal law and provides case
law updates to the Unit and to other Units at the Bureau.
Participates, often in a leadership role, in statewide and countywide
bar association activities in order to further the interests of the Bureau, our
indigent clients and the system as a whole.
Is responsible for assuring that each assigned client of the Unit
receives "meaningful representation" consistent with the state and federal
11. Reviews drafts of every pleading, motion and
brief that is filed in court by the Unit.
12. Communicates with clients and their families.
13. Communicates regularly with representatives
of the Appellate Division and trial judges regarding the administration of our
appeals and post-conviction work.
Oversees the administration of all correspondence in and out of the
Unit, as well as the securing of extensions for the perfection of appeals from
the Appellate Division.
15. Makes sure that the Unit disposes a satisfactory
number of cases per calendar year, the number to be determined by the CEO.
16. Oversees pro bono work conducted by outside
Employment Standards: Active membership in the New York State Bar;
1. Ten years of experience as an attorney in the
practice of criminal appeals preferred; or
2. A combination of training, education and
experience that is equivalent to the above employment standard and that
provides the required knowledge and abilities.
3. Managerial experience preferred.
4. Computer proficiency, including, but not
limited to, word processing skills and computerized legal research.
5. Reliable transportation and license to
operate a motor vehicle in New York State.
Knowledge of: all statutory laws related to practicing
criminal law in New York State, including the Penal Law, Criminal Procedure
Law, Corrections Law, and Judiciary Law; trial and appellate court procedures;
legal research methods; rules of evidence; standard legal office practice and procedures;
and ethical and professional rules of conduct.
Ability to: effectively supervise diverse personalities,
perform all administrative responsibilities in monitoring cases, as well as to perfect
criminal appeals; work independently; perform legal research; analyze and apply
legal principles, facts, evidence and precedents in legal problems; present
statements of law, facts and arguments clearly, logically and forcefully; both
in written and oral format; maintain confidentiality and objectivity; manage a
caseload; operate personal computer and computer applications used by the Units;
establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered
in the course of work; and interact well with the public.
This position is full-time.
The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. values diversity and
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans / Sexual
Orientation / Gender Identity
Please send your cover letter, at least five (5) references,
resume, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org or The
Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., Attention: Human Resources, 290 Main Street,
Suite 400, Buffalo, NY 14202 by April 30, 2019.