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Years of Experience
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ProfileSex Offender Registration Act Supervising Attorney The candidate will represent clients and supervise staff attorneys in SORA hearings as well as in hearings to modify clients’ risk-level designations under SORA. Representation includes communicating with clients, drafting written court submissions, negotiating with prosecutors, engaging in oral argument, and, when appropriate, consulting with experts. Represent clients and supervise staff attorneys in appeals of SORA determinations in the Appellate Division and New York Court of Appeals. Stay abreast of developments in the law and social science regarding people convicted of sex crimes. Develop and conduct training programs for OAD staff, pro bono attorneys, other institutional defender organizations, and assigned counsel on SORA and related issues. Represent clients and supervise staff attorneys, pro bono attorneys, and law student interns on all aspects of client representation on (non-SORA) direct appeals, state court post-conviction matters (including post-conviction motions, hearings challenging the lawfulness of convictions and sentences pursuant to Article 440 of the New York Criminal Procedure Law, and reinvestigation of possible wrongful convictions), and federal habeas corpus challenges in the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Court of Appeals, and federal courts, including case conferencing and strategy development, client communication and legal visits, brief drafting, oral argument, and leave applications. Advise clients as to all potential appellate options, including withdrawal of guilty pleas, where appropriate, as well as negotiating pleas or other remedies following reversal of conviction. Assist clients with parole proceedings and reentry preparation. Assist in supervision and management of staff attorney caseloads. Assist with intake evaluation of cases. Participate in administrative and office policy development, including staff evaluation and recruitment. A JD degree, with 5+ years of criminal defense litigation experience. Experience in trial court, and particularly with SORA, is highly desired. Must have Admission to the New York Bar, or ability to secure immediate admission to the New York Bar pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 520.10. Supervisory and case management experience strongly preferred, with an interest in and commitment to the professional development, training and support of attorneys, legal interns, and administrative staff. Submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample.
Office of Appellate Defender
45 W 45th Street
New York City, NY 10036-4602