The Parole Revocation Defense Unit has an immediate opening for two full time attorneys. A PRDU Staff Attorney represents clients accused of violating their conditions of release at administrative parole revocation hearings held at the Rikers Island Judicial Center, federal detention facilities, and hospital prison wards throughout New York City. The staff attorneys also appear on behalf of clients at related habeas corpus proceedings, administrative appeals, and other post-conviction proceedings. The practice is fast-paced and litigation-intensive. PRDU maintains offices at 199 Water Street, but attorneys spend significant amounts of time at the Rikers Island Judicial Center meeting clients and handling cases.
In this position, you will: be responsible for handling parole revocation at all stages, including preliminary hearings, calendar appearances, discovery practice, negotiations, contested hearings and post-conviction hearings; work with unit support staff, paralegals and investigative staff to provide zealous and effective defense representation; partner with PRDU social work team to identify and develop mitigation for clients who have mental health and/or substance abuse issues, physical needs or who are otherwise suitable for alternatives-to-incarceration; and perform other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate must have: NYS Bar Admission; strong courtroom skills; a background in criminal and/or administrative law or prison-related litigation is particularly relevant; and fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred
To Apply: The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, references, the Applicant Questionnaire (http://www.legal-aid.org/questionnaire.html) and the Applicant Information Form (http://www.legal-aid.org/info_form.html) electronically in a single PDF document by 12/8/15 to: firstname.lastname@example.org and include the Job Reference Code: CDP-2015-055 in all correspondence and in the subject line of your email. If one or more of the required items are missing or if the application is not in a single PDF, your application will not be processed.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.