Employment

Applicants with disabilities may contact Kelsey Osborn directly via telephone (212-693-0085 ext. 260) or e-mail ([email protected]), to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.

Current opportunities

EXPERIENCED STAFF ATTORNEY

Position Description: We are seeking to hire immediately an experienced appellate criminal defense attorney to work primarily on more complex criminal appeals from trial convictions.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years of indigent appellate criminal defense experience, with experience in New York appeals preferred
  • A demonstrated commitment to criminal defense and social justice
  • Strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
  • A strong interest in client-focused representation
  • A self-directed ability to manage an active caseload
  • New York State bar admission required

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range from $74,000 to $125,000. Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time. Salary is dependent on experience.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references as a single PDF to [email protected], referencing “Experienced Staff Attorney Position” in the subject line. Applicants with disabilities may contact Kelsey Osborne via telephone (212-693-0085 ext.260) or e-mail [email protected] to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a closing date of August 12, 2022.

Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system. We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

EXPERIENCED STAFF ATTORNEY – PLEA PRACTICE

Position Description: We are seeking to hire immediately an experienced criminal defense attorney to work primarily on criminal appeals from plea convictions.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years of indigent criminal defense experience, with experience in New York appeals preferred
  • A demonstrated commitment to criminal defense and social justice
  • Strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
  • A strong interest in client-focused representation
  • A self-directed ability to manage an active caseload
  • New York State bar admission required

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range from $74,000 to $125,000.  Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time. Salary is dependent on experience.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references as a single PDF to [email protected], referencing “Experienced Staff Attorney Position- Plea Practice.” 

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a deadline of August 12, 2022.

Applicants with disabilities may contact Kelsey Osborne via telephone (212-693-0085 ext.260) or e-mail [email protected] to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.

Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system. We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

 

STAFF ATTORNEY

Position Description: We are seeking to hire immediately an entry level appellate criminal defense attorney to work primarily on criminal appeals from plea and trial convictions.
Qualifications:
· A deep interest in indigent appellate criminal defense
· A demonstrated commitment to criminal defense and social justice
· Strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
· A strong interest in client-focused representation
· A self-directed ability to manage an active caseload
· New York State bar admission required
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range from $74,000 to $85,000. Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time. Salary is dependent on experience.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references as a single PDF to [email protected], referencing “Entry Level Staff Attorney Position” in the subject line.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a closing date of August 12, 2022.

Applicants with disabilities may contact Kelsey Osborne via telephone (212-693-0085 ext.260) or e-mail [email protected] to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.
Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system. We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

STAFF ATTORNEY WRONGFUL CONVICTION PRACTICE

Position Description: We are seeking to hire immediately an experienced criminal defense attorney to work on actual innocence and wrongful conviction investigations and briefing as well as criminal appeals from trial convictions.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of two years of indigent criminal defense experience, with experience in New York preferred
  • A demonstrated commitment to criminal defense and social justice
  • Strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
  • A strong interest in client-focused representation
  • A self-directed ability to manage an active caseload
  • New York State bar admission required

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range from $74,000 to $125,000.  Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time. Salary is dependent on experience.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references as a single PDF to [email protected], referencing “Staff Attorney Position- Wrongful Conviction” in the subject line.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a closing date of August 12, 2022.

Applicants with disabilities may contact Kelsey Osborne via telephone (212-693-0085 ext.260) or e-mail [email protected] to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.

Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system. We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

 

SORA ATTORNEY

Our SORA Practice

SORA requires individuals convicted of specified offenses to comply with strict registration and notification requirements, oftentimes for life. Sex offender registration, in addition to severely limiting one’s housing and employment options, carries a profound stigma that makes it difficult to truly re-enter society. Indeed, our SORA-subject clients are required to meet with the police frequently and face felony charges for failing to update their information, even decades after the underlying offense. For individuals adjudicated a Level 3 or Level 2, their name, photograph, home address, employment address, and offense details are posted on the internet for a minimum of 30 years.

Appellate Advocates’ dedicated SORA team provides expert representation to each client in advance of the hearing, in court, and after their release. We have won more than 100 SORA hearings and appeals, and have successfully petitioned for downward modifications for clients who have demonstrated rehabilitation after their initial hearing.

Position Description: We are seeking to hire immediately an experienced criminal defense attorney to work primarily on representing our SORA-subject clients at hearings and on appeal.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of two years of indigent criminal defense experience, with experience in New York trial-level proceedings or appeals preferred
  • Courtroom experience and strong oral advocacy skills
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • A dedication to client-focused representation
  • A self-directed ability to manage an active caseload
  • New York State bar admission required

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range from $74,000 to $125,000. Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time. Salary is dependent on experience.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references as a single PDF to [email protected], referencing “SORA Attorney Position” in the subject line. Applicants with disabilities may contact Kelsey Osborne via telephone (212-693-0085 ext.260) or e-mail [email protected] to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a closing date of August 12, 2022.

Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STAFF ATTORNEY

Position Description: Appellate Advocates has an immediate opening for a highly motivated attorney to litigate claims for resentencing under New York’s recently enacted Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (“DVSJA”).  With support from supervising attorneys, paralegals, and a social worker, DVSJA staff attorneys are responsible for interviewing clients who are typically serving lengthy prison sentences after experiencing varying degrees of trauma; reviewing underlying case files and various records; and consulting appropriate experts.  DVSJA attorneys will draft motions, negotiate with the District Attorney’s Office, represent clients in court, and pursue DVSJA claims on appeal.

Responsibilities:

  • Consult with DVSJA supervising attorneys to discuss case strategy;
  • Interview clients, by video conference, telephone, and in person at state prisons when possible, to identify instances of domestic violence and any other mitigating factors to support an application for a reduced sentence;
  • Interview clients’ family and/or friends and obtain affidavits or letters of support;
  • Collaborate with paralegals and review all documentation relating to client’s incarceration, legal history, and medical/mental health history, to identify mitigation evidence and corroboration of domestic violence;
  • Identify when additional documents or expert testimony is appropriate;
  • Draft and file DVSJA resentencing applications;
  • Screen cases to prioritize assignments and assess claim viability; file stipulations and/or motions to withdraw as counsel as needed;
  • Communicate and negotiate with District Attorney’s Office, in consultation with DVSJA supervising attorneys;
  • Represent clients in any related court conferences, and DVSJA hearings which may require presenting and/or cross-examining witnesses and providing oral argument;
  • Litigate DVSJA claims on appeal to the Appellate Division, Second Department, which includes filing an appellate brief and presenting oral argument.

Qualifications:

  • Admission to the New York State Bar or imminent plans for admission by applicant from another jurisdiction;
  • 2 years of litigation experience, with significant experience in contested motion practice resulting in hearings or significant trial experience;
  • Experience representing or providing advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence or family trauma strongly preferred;
  • Sensitivity to medical and mental health issues;
  • A demonstrated commitment to public defense or serving under-resourced communities;
  • Strong analytical skills, including, but not limited to, effectively organizing facts and legal arguments, recognizing gaps and weaknesses in presentation of facts and law, and bringing creativity to the entire process of developing the arguments raised;
  • Excellent writing ability including clearly, accurately, and persuasively presenting a factual narrative and legal arguments;
  • Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage responsibilities and work independently; and
  • Desire and ability to collaborate with paralegals and Social Work & Re-Entry Team to strengthen DVSJA applications and offer counseling and re-entry services to clients as needed.

Salary and Benefits: Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time.  Salary range is $74,000 to $105,000, depending on experience.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references as a single PDF to [email protected], referencing “DV Staff Attorney Position” in the subject line.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a closing date of August 12, 2022.

Applicants with disabilities may contact Kelsey Osborn via telephone (212-693-0085 ext.260) or e-mail [email protected] to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.

Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system. We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

Appellate Advocates has a summer internship program for law students who have completed their first or second year. Over the course of the summer, interns will work closely with senior staff attorneys to draft legal documents in various practice areas, including Sex Offender Registration Act cases, direct appeals from trials and guilty pleas, post-conviction immigration relief litigation, and resentencings under the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act.  Interns may also conduct legal research on discrete issues, assist in post-conviction investigation, attend oral arguments, and participate in various other office functions. 

 

Law students who have a strong interest in criminal defense work are encouraged to apply.  Excellent research and writing skills are essentials.  Applicants should be motivated, organized, and detail oriented. 

 

Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.  To this end, we seek to:

 

  • Hire staff, including interns, that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal legal system;
  • Ensure a workplace where diversity and inclusion are fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged; and 
  • Ensure that all staff members, including interns, feel welcome, respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the organization.

 

Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information.  Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system.  We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

 

To apply:  Interested students should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of references to [email protected].

 

Applicants with disabilities may contact Anna Pirtskhalaishvili directly via telephone (212-693-0085 ext.226) or email ([email protected]), to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.

 

PARALEGAL

Position Description:  We are seeking to hire a paralegal immediately to support our attorneys and clients by undertaking administrative and clerical tasks necessary to our work.  Among other responsibilities, paralegals enter and/or retrieve client information maintained in a computer database; obtain records and other documents from courts, prison facilities, and state/city agencies; assist attorneys in preparing court filings by proofreading documents and formatting/assembling PDFs; and corresponding with clients and/or scheduling legal calls or visits.  

Qualifications:

  • An interest in criminal defense and social justice
  • Strong organizational skills and rigorous attention to detail
  • Well-developed interpersonal communication skills
  • Bi-lingual capabilities valued
  • A self-directed ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access; Wordperfect; Adobe Acrobat

Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. To this end, we seek to:

  • Hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system;
  • Ensure a workplace where diversity and inclusion is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged; and
  • Ensure that all staff members feel welcome, respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the organization.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range from $45,000 to $52,000.  Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time.

Application Deadline: August 12, 2022

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references as a single PDF document to [email protected], referencing “Paralegal Position” in the subject line. 

Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system. We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

Investigator/Paralegal

Position Description:  We are seeking to hire an investigator/paralegal immediately to support our attorneys and clients by working closely with attorneys and/or social workers to investigate clients’ cases for all collateral proceedings and review as well as performing some administrative and clerical tasks necessary to our work.  Among other responsibilities, the investigator/paralegal would perform all investigative work, including identifying, locating, and interviewing witnesses; accompanying lawyers and/or social workers to interview incarcerated clients and witnesses; documenting investigations; preparing and serving subpoenas; visiting, diagramming, and photographing crime scenes and other relevant locations; obtaining documents and reports from relevant sources; preparing exhibits for litigation; and testifying at hearings. When necessary, the investigator/paralegal may be asked to enter and/or retrieve client information maintained in a computer database; obtain records and other documents from courts, prison facilities, and state/city agencies; assist attorneys in preparing court filings by proofreading documents and formatting/assembling PDFs; and corresponding with clients and/or scheduling legal calls or visits.  

Qualifications:

* Demonstrated experience in criminal investigations, including actual innocence and wrongful conviction investigations.

* An interest in criminal defense and social justice

* Strong organizational skills and rigorous attention to detail

* Well-developed interpersonal communication skills

* Bi-lingual capabilities valued

* A self-directed ability to manage multiple tasks

* Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access; Wordperfect; Adobe Acrobat

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range from $50,000 to $75,000.  Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a closing date of August 12, 2022

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references as a single PDF document to [email protected], referencing “Investigator/ Paralegal Position” in the subject line. 

Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system. We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.

OPERATIONS MANAGER & BOOKKEEPER

Description & Responsibilities:  We are seeking a full-time Operations Manager & Bookkeeper to join our team.  This position will report directly to the Attorney-in-Charge. 

As Bookkeeper, the selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining records of financial transactions and the general ledger
  • Performing reconciliations
  • Making payments
  • Verifying payroll and serving as a backup to our Office Payroll and Benefits Manager
  • Preparing and filing invoices through New York City’s Accelerator portal for City contractors

As Operations Manager, the selected candidate will be responsible for:

  • Updating and maintaining internal case tracking database
  • Tracking court notices and decisions and sending notices to attorneys
  • Preparing monthly intake reports
  • Providing administrative assistance to the Attorney-in-Charge as needed

Qualifications:

  • B.A. in Accounting or relevant field, or equivalent employment experience
  • An interest in criminal defense and social justice
  • Strong organizational skills and rigorous attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential situations and communicate effectively
  • At least 2 years bookkeeping experience, ideally in a not-for-profit setting, preferred
  • Experience with New York City’s Accelerator/PASSPort portal for City contractors preferred
  • Experience with working in a law office preferred
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Access); Wordperfect; Adobe Acrobat

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, with a range from $65,000 to $80,000.  Appellate Advocates offers a generous benefits package, including health and vision insurance, a 401(k), flexible spending and transit account, and paid sick and vacation time.

Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a closing date of August 12, 2022

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references as a single PDF document to [email protected], referencing “Operations Manager & Bookkeeper Position” in the subject line. 

Appellate Advocates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Appellate Advocates is deeply committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and seeks to hire staff that reflect the full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities of the communities we represent, particularly those communities disproportionately affected by the criminal legal system. We strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.