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Posted by: Human Resources - 5/7/2019
Job Expires: 5/21/2019
Managing Attorney - Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit

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") and Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit ("APCU") Chief Attorney, 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.

Distinguishing Characteristics:  The Managing 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 Managing Attorney 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. 

Employment Standards: 

            1.  Seven 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 three (3) references and resume to or The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., Attention: Human Resources, 290 Main Street, Suite 400, Buffalo, NY 14202 by May 21, 2019.


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