Description:

The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) is an integral part of the City's evolving criminal justice system, participating in reform initiatives and strategies aimed to move the City towards a smaller jail system without compromising public safety. The DOC is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff, visitors, volunteers and people in our custody. Importantly, safe jails enable DOC to provide people in custody with the tools and opportunities they need to successfully re-enter their communities. The DOC operates facilities and court commands across the five boroughs with more than 9,500 diverse professionals and knowledge experts.

The DOC seeks to recruit a experienced Attorneys to work in the Trials and Litigation Unit. Under general supervision and with wide latitude for independent judgment and action, the selected candidates will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:
  • Evaluating disciplinary matters for legal sufficiency;
  • Drafting formal Departmental charges against DOC uniform and non-uniform employees;
  • Preparing and reviewing of required documents and reciprocal discovery;
  • Conducting interviews with potential witnesses;
  • Reviewing audio and video tape evidence and making comparative reviews;
  • Representing the Department during informal settlement negotiations with opposing counsel;
  • Conducting informal conferences concerning disciplinary cases at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (O.A.T.H.);
  • Recommending appropriate dispositions on disciplinary matters;
  • Preparing memoranda detailing evidence and recommended negotiated plea agreements (settlements);
  • Preparing disciplinary matters that are not settled for formal hearings at O.A.T.H;
  • Conducting formal hearings on disciplinary charges at O.A.T.H. against employees of the Department;
  • Researching legal issues for appellate argument as the Department's representative, before the New York City Civil Service Commission;
  • Handling “on call” for specified time periods for assistance, to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists for authorization to conduct urinalysis testing of a member of the Department;
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qual Requirements:
  • Admission to the New York State Bar;
  • One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
  • Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086).

Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:
To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.

Preferred Skills:
  • Attorneys with seven (10) or more years of litigation experience is preferred
  • Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne for Assignment Level I
  • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, analytical, research, problem-solving, multi- tasking and organizational skills.

Residency Requirement:
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.