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Blake Fellow; 13380 M1 Under the direction of the Executive Director and senior firm attorneys, with wide latitude for independent initiative and judgment, the Fellow will be responsible for evaluating the firmâ€™s complaints that are in danger of being prematurely disposed of in one of the following ways: â€œcomplaint withdrawn,â€ â€œcomplainant/victim uncooperative,â€ â€œcomplainant/victim unavailable,â€ and â€œvictim unidentified,â€ with emphasis on claims involving law enforcement encounters that are of a relatively short duration and/or that result in little or no physical injuries. Will focus on claims that are in danger of being truncated. Guide victims/complainants through the complaint process by maintaining relationships with various community-based organizations. Focus on reducing the firmâ€™s truncation rate in a limited number of contiguous precincts with a high number of complaints or a high truncation rate. Investigate cases in danger of truncation from those specific precincts by using connections developed by the Fellow in the community to find complainants/victims and obtain their cooperation. Prosecute cases investigated by the Blake Fellow in which the Board substantiated misconduct and recommended that a subject officer receive Charges and Specifications. Attend public engagement activities, including establishing and maintaining relationships with various community-based organizations, presenting at various public forums, working with the Outreach team on connecting with increasingly diverse populations, and improving language assistance services. Produce an annual report detailing the Fellowshipâ€™s activities and presenting observations regarding the efficacy of their work where challenges or instances of success were encountered, recommend best practices, and convey how the Fellowship can be improved going forward. Work with the firmâ€™s Training unit to implement best practices based on the knowledge the fellow gained through work at the firm. Should have Juris Doctorate degree from a properly accredited law school and current or pending admission to the Bar of the State of New York. Demonstrated commitment and expertise in social justice and criminal justice reform, regarding both individual cases and policy-level systemic perspectives is preferred. Interest in improving community-police relations is preferred. Understanding of how large scale law enforcement policy choices can positively or negatively impact the safety and civil liberties of peopleâ€™s lives is preferred. The Fellowship program shall consist of three (3) consecutive Fellowship cycles for a period totaling six (6) years, with each individual Fellow being employed for a period of two (2) years.
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