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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 03/06/24

Applications Due05/31/24

Vacancy ID153099


AgencyIndigent Legal Services, Office of

TitleAssistant Counsel (Assistant Appellate Attorney) VID 153099

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $88283 to $96000 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Temporary

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address 80 South Swan Street

City Albany


Zip Code12210

Minimum Qualifications Admission to, or willingness to seek admission to, the New York State Bar; and two years of experience in the practice of criminal and/or family law subsequent to admission to the Bar.

Duties Description The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) seeks to hire an Assistant Appellate Attorney to be a part of the Statewide Appellate Support Center team at ILS in Albany, New York. The Assistant Appellate Attorney will be a self-starter who works well under supervision and strives to advance the work of the Center and to expand their knowledge and skills. This position reports directly to a Senior Appellate Attorney and will support the efforts of three midlevel Appellate Attorneys. Activities will include statewide initiatives to improve the quality of mandated representation; individual consultation services to attorneys providing mandated representation; and creation of resources and trainings.

Specific responsibilities for this position include working with the Center’s attorneys and team members to:

• Do legal research and analysis and write legal memoranda in trial, appellate, and post-conviction cases.
• Perform tasks to assist defense counsel or provide information and resources to pro se persons with DVSJA applications and other post-conviction litigation.
• Help collect templates for brief and motion banks.
• Help make arrangements and prepare materials for meetings for various Councils, Task Forces, and other groups; take notes at meetings; and do follow-up tasks.
• Help organize various training programs and prepare Power Point presentations and training materials.
• Consult with individual attorneys and defense team members in conjunction with other Center staff.
• Create legal resources, including templates, model motions, statements of law, and know your rights documents.
• Respond to letters from incarcerated persons seeking legal information; and offer information to support them in preparing motions to extend the time for taking an appeal.
• Work with the Center’s paralegal to maintain Excel spreadsheets on various activities and prepare monthly reports.
• Under the supervision of the direct supervisor, coordinate communications with other ILS units.
• Assist with administrative duties as needed.
• Travel may be required (approximately 10%).

Additional Comments Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a commitment to improving mandated representation statewide and a collegial and collaborative approach to team projects. Experience in appellate representation in criminal and/or Family Court matters is also desirable.

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.

The Capital Region is a great place to live with a low cost-of living in neighborhoods ranging from urban to rural within a short commute. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or an arts aficionado, there is something for everyone. From the beautiful mountains that surround the city to the historic churches and museums and pre-Revolutionary War architecture. With a 300-year history, there’s much to enjoy and explore.

Employees may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). For more information on PSLF, please visit

The State of New York is committed to assuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be submitted to the Designee for Reasonable Accommodations (DRA) and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at DEEO@OGS.NY.Gov.

NOTE ON TELECOMMUTING: Employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to the agency’s Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Human Resources/ZP

Telephone 518-473-5282

Fax 518-486-1631

Email Address


Street NYS Office of General Services, HRM

31st Floor Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12242


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit a resume and cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications. Indicate the Position Title & Vacancy ID number of each position you are applying to.

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