80 South Swan Street
Minimum Qualifications Minimum: Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience. Please note the following substitutions: four years of specialized experience or associate’s degree and two years of specialized experience may substitute for a bachelor’s degree; J.D. or master’s degree may substitute for one year of specialized experience; Ph.D. may substitute for two years of specialized experience.
Preferred: The ideal candidate will have a paralegal degree; 10 years’ experience as a paralegal; and some experience in criminal defense and/or appellate matters; and a collegial and collaborative approach to team projects.
Duties Description The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services seeks an experienced paralegal to be part of the new Statewide Appellate Support Center team located at ILS’s offices in Albany, New York. The paralegal will work closely with two midlevel Appellate Attorneys providing consultation on direct appeals and litigation support and may also help other Center attorneys with post-conviction activities. All efforts will seek to advance ILS’s mission of improving the quality of representation provided to criminal defendants by public defenders and assigned counsel. This new paralegal position presents a unique opportunity for the ideal candidate to become an integral part of a team of dedicated attorneys devoted to public service. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational, communication, and computer skills; experience with criminal defense and/or appellate matters; proficiency with Word, Excel, and Power Point; experience in dealing with courts and court clerks; and the ability to both take supervision and take initiative. All case-related information obtaining in the performance of Center duties is confidential and may be subject to attorney-client privilege.
Additional Comments The mission of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) is to improve the representation provided to New Yorkers facing criminal charges or family litigation who cannot afford counsel. Our agency’s work is transforming criminal defense and parental representation, while helping people in crisis achieve greater justice in criminal cases and maintain family integrity. Join us to help shape policy and practice statewide and to have a profound impact on justice statewide. Become part of a team of dedicated professionals who share your commitment to a more fair and just society.
ILS is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace. These values not only guide our work; we believe they are essential to fulfilling our mission to improve mandated representation in New York State. ILS staff share responsibility for creating a more inclusive workplace. Diverse voices and perspectives only strengthen our ability to create transformational change. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
ILS welcomes candidates regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, military or veteran status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, domestic violence victim status, or arrest record or criminal conviction history.
We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including:
• Medical, Prescription, Dental and Vision Care Benefits
• Life Insurance
• Paid Personal Leave, Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays
• Paid Family Leave
• Health Care Spending Account
• Dependent Care Advantage Account
• Membership in the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System
• Voluntary Defined Contribution Plan
• Deferred Compensation Plan
ILS employees are eligible to apply to telecommute part-time and/or adjust work hours in accordance with ILS’s policies, subject to supervisor approval.
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31st Floor Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza
Notes on ApplyingPlease submit cover letter along with a clear and concise resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position as listed in Specifics and indicate the Position Title & Vacancy ID number for which you are applying.