80 South Swan Street
Duties Description The Assistant Counsel will assist in the implementation of the Hurrell-Harring v. New York settlement agreement (“HH settlement agreement”) undertaken by the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Office”). The incumbent of this position will serve as HH Implementation Attorney – Counsel at First Appearance (CAFA) in the Office’s HH Implementation Unit and report to the Chief HH Implementation Attorney, who works under the guidance of the Director of the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Director”) and agency Counsel (“Counsel”). The incumbent will be primarily responsible for implementation of the Counsel at First Appearance portion of the HH settlement agreement. The incumbent will work closely with three other subject area attorneys in the HH Implementation Unit; the HH Implementation Attorney – Eligibility Standards, HH Implementation Attorney – Caseload Standards and HH Implementation Attorney – Quality Enhancement to satisfy the planning, investigatory and reporting provisions of the settlement agreement as undertaken by the Office to improve the quality of mandated representation under article 18-B of the County Law.
Specific responsibilities also include:
• Evaluates and monitors the legal services provided at a defendant’s first appearance in the counties named in the HH settlement agreement (“counties”) pursuant to article 18-B of the County Law.
• Consults with the providers of legal representation and other responsible officials in the counties in order to identify opportunities for providing in person representation of eligible defendants at first appearance and improving the quality of mandated representation.
• Assists in the development of written plans, in accordance with the terms of the settlement agreement, for counties to provide in person representation of eligible criminal defendants at arraignment.
• Monitors the progress of counties toward achieving the goals enunciated in their written plans to provide in person representation of defendants at arraignment, including developing regular, periodic reports in accordance with provisions of the settlement agreement
• Makes recommendations to the Chief HH Implementation Attorney for improving the monitoring and reporting of progress made by the counties, including improving the quality of indigent legal services in a cost-effective manner, by increasing the availability of necessary support services or creating innovative systems for the provision of representation at representation.
• Works with county providers and county officials to develop support for the implementation of the settlement agreement, in order to achieve maximum quality enhancement and cost-effectiveness.
• Undertakes such other activities as may be requested by the Director and Counsel in furtherance of the Office’s overall responsibility to implement the HH settlement agreement and make efforts to improve the quality of indigent legal services representation under article 18-B.
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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 Vacancy ID number for which you are applying.