The Juvenile Rights Practice has an immediate opening for a staff attorney position in its Appeals Unit. The Unit handles appeals of all cases emanating from JRP’s trial offices, and appellate attorneys are responsible for preparing appellate briefs to New York’s intermediate appellate courts and the New York Court of Appeals, orally arguing such appeals, and consulting with trial attorneys on ancillary and appellate-related matters. Staff attorneys participate in an interdisciplinary model of representation and advocate on behalf of clients in the areas of juvenile justice and child welfare.

The Staff Attorney will be based at Street 49 Thomas Street any may require some travel throughout all New York City office sites and to the New York Court of Appeals.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities
  • Work Collaboratively with the Director of Appeals, Supervising Attorney, and Appeals and JRP trial office staff
  • Maintain high standard of representation and client service
  • Handle a large caseload involving both child protective and juvenile delinquency matters
  • Research, write and present arguments to the appellate courts and New York Court of Appeals
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Documents
Please submit these documents as a single combined PDF when you apply via the LAS (Legal Aid Society) Recruitment Portal.
  • Internal Job Interest Application Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume with references
  • Two unedited writing samples

  • Law degree
  • Admission to the bar of the state of New York
  • Commitment to public interest practice
  • Minimum of five years legal practice in child welfare and/or juvenile delinquency practice
  • Experience in preparing appellate briefs preferred
  • Thorough knowledge of the NYC Family Court, Child welfare and juvenile justice systems
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
  • Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills

Salary Transparency
The posting reflects the range of potential salaries for the role. The specific salary offers will be dependent on candidate qualifications, including collectively bargained salary steps for unionized roles.

Salary Range/ Salary: $82,877 to $100,513

Salary and Benefits
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.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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.

How to Apply
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