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Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney-dna Unit

Company name

Legal Aid Society of New York

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Feb 24, 2020

Valid Through

Jun 08, 2020

Posted on

Jan 01, 2020


Bronx, NY, United States

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Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney
The candidate will provide support to attorneys handling DNA matters, advance policy initiatives, and litigate systemic issues as needed. Developing litigation strategies to assist attorneys and clients in litigating forensic feature comparison methods such as fingerprints and firearms/toolmark comparisons. Maintain caseloads pertaining to matters where DNA evidence or other forensic feature comparison methods are involved and provide support, including expert assistance and second-seating cases handled by other Society attorneys. Represent clients in criminal proceedings involving DNA and other forensic feature comparisons. Develop litigation strategies surrounding fingerprints, firearms/toolmark comparisons, and other forensic feature comparisons. Provide support and assistance for other Society attorneys handling forensic feature comparison cases. Provide in-house and external training on forensic feature comparison issues. Provide back-up support for other defense attorneys in New York City. Advocate for policy changes, as needed.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have admission to New York State Bar. Should have extensive trial experience and expert trial skills. Should have felony certification. Must have experience working on DNA, fingerprint and/or firearms/toolmark comparison cases. Should have substantial background in forensics, or the demonstrated aptitude and willingness to acquire such knowledge and to maintain expertise, particularly in such areas as forensic biology and statistics. Must have excellent oral and written advocacy skills. Should have excellent ability to train other staff. Must have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Should have ability and willingness to work as part of a citywide team.

Additional info

Ref: #19-283. Submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Legal Aid Society of New York
260 E. 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451

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