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Years of Experience
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ProfileSex Offender Registration Act (SORA) Senior Staff Attorney Responsibilities: Represent clients in most of the office’s SORA hearings, appeals of SORA hearings, and hearings to modify SORA risk-level designations. Representation includes communicating with clients, drafting written court submissions, negotiating with prosecutors, engaging in oral argument, and, when appropriate, consulting with experts. Challenge restrictions imposed on SORA clients by filing Article 78 petitions or 42 U.S.C. § 1983 actions. Assist clients with parole proceedings and reentry preparation. Stay abreast of developments in the law and social science regarding people convicted of sex crimes. Develop and conduct training programs on SORA and related issues for incoming staff attorneys, pro bono attorneys, other institutional defender organizations, and assigned counsel. Handle (under supervision) a limited number of direct appeals of criminal convictions, post-conviction challenges to the lawfulness of convictions and sentences pursuant to Article 440 of New York Criminal Procedure Law, and reinvestigation of possible wrongful convictions as necessary in the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, and New York Court of Appeals.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: A JD Degree, with 3+ years of criminal defense litigation experience. Experience in trial court is highly desired. Admission to the New York Bar, or ability to secure immediate admission to the New York Bar pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 520.10. Outstanding legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. Demonstrated commitment to representing poor people convicted of crimes. Strong belief in the value and importance of communication with and respect for clients. Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
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Office of Appellate Defender
45 W 45th Street
New York City, NY 10036-4602