Criminal Defense Practice Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society


Mid Level

New York, NY, USA

$61.000 - $79.000

15 Nov → 15 Dec

Job Description

The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest social justice legal services organization, has immediate openings for dedicated, passionate Experienced Staff Attorneys in the Criminal Defense Practice Trial offices throughout the city. The Criminal Defense Practice is the primary public defender in New York City, providing holistic, client-centered vertical representation to over 200,000 people facing misdemeanor, felony, and homicide charges. The Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney will provide zealous advocacy in all phases of a person's criminal legal matter from arraignments through hearings and trials, as well as other related proceedings.

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation, disability and life insurance, and more. Salaries for our unionized jobs are governed by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please visit our Careers page for additional information. Salary and benefits information will be available to applicants, when and if, an offer is made.

The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.

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As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer, The Legal Aid Society prohibits discriminatory employment actions against and treatment of its employees and applicants for employment based on actual or perceived race or color, size (including bone structure, body size, height, shape, and weight), religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity (one’s internal deeply-held sense of one’s gender which may be the same or different from one’s sex assigned at birth; one’s gender identity may be male, female, neither or both, e.g., non-binary), gender expression (the representation of gender as expressed through, for example, one’s name, choice of pronouns, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, or body characteristics; gender expression may not be distinctively male or female and may not conform to traditional gender-based stereotypes assigned to specific gender identities), disability, marital status, relationship and family structure (including domestic partnerships, polyamorous families and individuals, chosen family, platonic co-parents, and multigenerational families), genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, credit history, unemployment status, caregiver status, salary history, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • A minimum of 4 years’ of demonstrated commitment to public defense, racial equity and social justice with mandatory felony jury trial experience as a first chair and have extensive knowledge of criminal procedures and practice.

  • Track record of strategically guiding casework, projects and/or relationships, applying good judgement and routinely pushing through roadblocks to achieve your goals.

  • Clear and effective oral and written advocacy and experience and a high level of organization to meet multiple competing deadlines.

  • New York State bar admission (or ability to waive into New York State from another jurisdiction);

  • Required documents for this position are resume, cover letter and writing sample. You must INCLUDE a list of trials where you served as first chair and whether they were misdemeanors or felonies. Please submit the list, along with the other required documents as a PDF.

How To Apply

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