Job Details

Staff Attorney

Company name

Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Feb 11,2020

Valid Through

May 26,2020

Posted on

Sep 01,2019

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Detroit, MI, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
Family Law >> Family Law
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Staff Attorney
RESPONSIBILITIES: Embrace philosophy of client-centered, community-based, holistic representation and commitment to excellence by providing vigorous representation with energy and enthusiasm to the residents of County. Engage in frequent court appearances and litigation, including arraignments, preliminary conferences & examinations, legal arguments, hearings & trials, and sentencings. Interview clients and their families in the office or local jails, conduct legal research and write pre-pleading letters, motions and pre-sentencing memoranda on behalf of clients. Coordinate work performed by team members (investigators, social workers, client advocates, and team administrators). Work with cross-practice colleagues (immigration defense/civil defense/family defense) to obtain comprehensive legal outcomes for clients. File motions, briefs and other related documents on a frequent, timely basis. Provide effective oral advocacy in negotiations, hearings, and trials in criminal cases. Work primarily at main office when not in Court.

Qualification and Experience

QUALIFICATIONS: A license to practice law in Michigan or in another state; and/or the capability of becoming licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan within 6 months. Attorneys admitted to the Michigan Bar with experience in the criminal courts of Wayne County (and Michigan generally) are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience representing clients in criminal cases and knowledge of criminal procedure from arraignments to appeals preferred. Trial experience, particularly as lead counsel in the most serious felony cases, are encouraged to apply. A demonstrated commitment to criminal justice, indigent defense, racial equity and social justice issues and the Wayne County communities. A track record of strategically guiding casework, projects and/or relationships; applying good and practiced judgment; and routinely pushing through roadblocks to achieve goals. Management skills and a coaching mindset. Doggedness and resilience combined with people and situation smarts. An ability to quickly build relationships across varying identities, income levels, races and ethnicities. A high level of organizational and administrative skills to handle a high caseload. Clear and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing. Bi-lingual (Spanish or Arabic) attorneys are encouraged to apply.

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Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
317 Lenox Avenue
10th Floor
New York City, NY 10027