Designated Felony Assistant Corporation Counsel
The candidate handle major cases in NYC Family Court in Bronx County. This includes firearms cases as well as burglaries, robberies, serious assaults and homicides. As part of the Raise the Age initiative, this attorney will be expected to handle removals from the Youth Part of the Superior Court for both juvenile and adolescent offenders, as well as designated felonies that originate in Family Court. Would be expected to participate in an on-call notification program with the police department and conduct field work including visits to police precincts, crime scenes, and hospitals as needed. This ACC would possess advanced trial advocacy skills and interviewing and litigation experience in the area of criminal or juvenile justice. Attorneys in the Family Court Divisions Juvenile Delinquency Unit carry a caseload and are responsible for all aspects of the cases from referral to disposition. This includes to: Interviewing victims, civilian witnesses and police officers, gathering and analyzing evidence, during the investigation stage of the case; thereby determining whether the case can be filed or must be declined. If the case can be filed in court, deciding whether diversion is appropriate; If the case is filed, drafting depositions and filing petitions; Preparing and conducting pre-petition detention hearings, which determine the custodial status of the youth pending the fact-finding hearing; Preparing and conducting pre-trial hearings to determine the admissibility of evidence; Preparing and conducting fact-finding hearings (similar to trials in adult criminal cases), which determine whether the juvenile committed the acts alleged; and Preparing and conducting dispositional hearings. Handle the cases that involve a police investigation from the investigation stage through filing of a petition, presenting the case, and disposition. For this specialized position, this includes: Litigating the case in Family Court and identifying appropriate rehabilitative services. The ACC will coordinate with other stakeholders and city agencies including law enforcement, child welfare, medical providers and victim service providers while they investigate their cases. Also be required to attend various inter-agency and task force meetings, prepare and present trainings both within the Family Court Division and to other agencies and stakeholders. The ACC may be required to be on-call evening and weekend hours as part of the 24/7 MCU notification protocol. The ACC may also be required to conduct legal research or prepare other special projects.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be admitted and in good standing in New York and have substantial experience as of September 2018 in family court or criminal law, as well as litigation experience. 5 years experience as of September 2018 in family court or criminal law, as well as litigation experience is desired. Must be able to work independently, as well as have strong litigation, oral and written communication skills, the ability to deal with witness and/or family members who are experiencing trauma, and a compassionate, yet firm disposition Applicants must possess excellent judgment; exceptional organizational abilities; strong leadership skills; solid knowledge of municipal criminal law, the Family Court Act and evidentiary issues; and strong interpersonal skills. Applicants must also be creative problem-solvers with the ability to recognize and respond to the wide range of legal, social and personal issues that often present themselves in the youth, families, court personnel, and community members with whom they will be engaged in the course of their work.
The New York City Law Department
900 Sheridan Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451-3384