Current opportunities

Appellate Advocates is not currently soliciting applications. 

Appellate Advocates is not currently soliciting applications.

Appellate Advocates is not currently soliciting applications.

Appellate Advocates is not currently soliciting applications.

Appellate Advocates is not currently soliciting applications. 

Appellate Advocates is accepting applications for a Social Worker position. The Social Worker in this position will be responsible for working primarily in the DVSJA practice area directly with clients who have experienced Interpersonal Violence, Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Abuse. An ideal candidate will be one who is looking to help grow an exciting area of social work within the legal practice. This position reports directly to the Director of Social Work.


  • Work closely with team members including attorneys and reentry staff to advocate and support clients both in the community and who are incarcerated.  
  • Responsible for a caseload of clients with varying needs and case-related deadlines, ensuring timely action and intervention.
  • Gathering factual mitigation through interviews and obtaining records.
  • Analyzing records.
  • Provide extensive mitigation reports on clients’ behalf.
  • Advocate orally for clients in court.
  • Make appropriate referrals to address clients’ social service needs (drug treatment, mental health treatment, housing, and other benefits).
  • Conduct visits to incarcerated individuals in jails and prisons.
  • Provide crisis intervention when needed.
  • Provide trauma informed supportive counseling.
  • Maintain case notes and documentation in electronic database.


  • Must have LMSW
  • Experience working with individuals who have experienced extensive trauma and/or IPV and those who are justice impacted.
  • Ability to write persuasive mitigation reports, biopsychosocial and social work assessments.
  • Must have strong analytical, organizational, and people skills.
  • The ability to work as part of the defense team in a client-centered practice.
  • Must have strong clinical assessment skills
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Spanish language fluency is preferred.

Position Information 

This is a full-time, non-exempt, salaried position. Salary is commensurate with experience, starting salary is $71,400-$83,130. The normal schedule is Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. The position is based at the Appellate Advocates’ offices. 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.

To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to attention: Elia Johnson at [email protected]. All applications should include in the subject line: “Social Work Position.” Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants with disabilities may contact Elia Johnson via telephone (212-693-0085) or e-mail [email protected] to request and arrange for accommodations for submitting an application.

Deadline: November 3, 2023

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.