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New York State Defenders Association
Long Island, United States
9 days ago

Description

The New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) is accepting applications from experienced attorneys for a Staff Attorney position with the Veterans Defense Program (VDP). Our mission is to provide training, support, and legal assistance to promote trauma-informed, client-centered representation of veterans and service members involved in New York State’s criminal and family court systems. The program’s primary work is to comprehensively assist defense attorneys in defending veterans facing criminal charges. As a prerequisite, the successful candidate must believe in the core values of the VDP and be driven by the mission of the VDP. The values of the VDP are that every justice-involved veteran receives legal representation from an attorney who understands their military experience and culture, the effects of such experiences and culture, and who can present this information to the court in support of therapeutic outcomes.


The Staff Attorney will provide assistance to defense teams whose veteran clients are facing criminal prosecution, and facilitate justice system diversion for affected veterans. Duties include working strategically to enhance public defender capacity; educating defenders about military culture and mindset; assisting attorneys in preventing incarceration or mitigating sentences of veteran clients suffering from the invisible wounds of war such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), including through the preparation of mitigation memoranda and reports; and assisting, training, and consulting with defense attorneys, particularly those involved in public defense.


The Staff Attorney is also responsible for the supervision of VDP employees who are based on Long Island.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to Gary Horton, Esq., Director, New York State Defenders Association Veterans Defense Program, 23 Jackson Street, Suite 101, Batavia, NY 14020, or email ghorton@nysda.org. Salary: DOE. NYSDA offers a generous benefit package, including paid vacation, personal, and sick time; health, dental, and vision insurance; FSA; and 403(b).


NYSDA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences, and communities to apply.



Requirements

The candidate should have significant litigation experience, strong leadership skills, excellent research and writing skills; and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. The successful candidate will possess substantial criminal defense experience, the ability to engage in collaborative decision-making, and a commitment to seeking a reduction in the prosecution, conviction, and incarceration of veterans. Preferred knowledge and experience: sentencing mitigation experience; experience with military and veteran issues; and knowledge regarding the latest developments in PTSD, TBI, and other combat-related stressors.


The successful candidate will be based on Long Island and have the ability to travel within Nassau and Suffolk counties and New York City. Some statewide travel will also be required. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Long Island office staff are currently working remotely. Applicants must be able to work remotely or in an office, depending on future program needs. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in New York. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57791335
  • Location:
    Long Island, United States
  • Position Title: Staff Attorney, Veterans Defense Program
  • Company Name: New York State Defenders Association
  • Industry: Criminal Law
  • Job Function: Public Interest
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: JD
  • Min Experience: 6-10 years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
Legal
Albany , NY , US

The New York State Defenders Association, a not-for-profit, membership organization, has been providing support to New York's public defense community since 1967. Its mission is to improve the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people.

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