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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/05/19

Applications Due03/08/19

Vacancy ID63958

AgencyIndigent Legal Services, Office of

TitleAssistant Counsel (Statewide Implementation Attorney - Counsel at First Appearance)

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $78000 to $100000 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Temporary

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 15%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5

Workday

From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address Alfred E. Smith Building, 11th Floor

City Albany

StateNY

Zip Code12242

Minimum Qualifications Ideal candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years of criminal defense experience.

Duties Description The Assistant Counsel will assist in the Office’s implementation of the reforms specified in Executive Law § 832 (4) for the development and implementation of written plans to: (1) ensure that criminal defendants eligible for publicly funded legal representation are provided in person representation at his or her arraignment; (2) establish numerical caseload/workload standards for each provider of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford to counsel; and (3) improve the quality of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford counsel. The holder of this position will serve as Statewide Implementation Attorney – Counsel at First Appearance and will report to the Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney, who works under the guidance of the Director of the Office of Indigent Legal Services (Director) and agency Counsel (Counsel). The holder of this position will be primarily responsible for implementation of the Counsel at First Appearance reforms specified in Executive Law § 832 (4)(a) and will work closely with other staff in the Statewide Implementation Unit to satisfy the Office’s new statutory duties and responsibilities and to improve the quality of mandated representation under article 18-B of the County Law. All case-related information and knowledge obtained in the performance of these duties is highly confidential and may be subject to the attorney-client privilege.

Specific responsibilities also include:

• Evaluates and monitors the legal services provided at a defendant’s first appearance in court in counties in New York State (other than the five counties named in the Hurrell-Harring settlement agreement) (“counties”), pursuant to article 18-B of the County Law.

• Consults with the providers of legal representation and officials in counties in order to identify opportunities for providing in person representation of eligible defendants at first appearance and improving the quality of such representation.

• Assists in the development of written plans, in accordance with the provisions of Executive Law § 832 (4), for counties to provide in person representation of eligible criminal defendants at his or her first appearance in court.

• Assists in the programmatic development of annual budgets and work plans for the Office’s contracts with counties to effectuate the expansion of Hurrell-Harring reforms statewide.

• Monitors the progress of counties toward achieving the goals enunciated in the written plans to provide in person representation of defendants at his or her first appearance in court, including developing regular, periodic reports in accordance with the provisions of Executive Law § 832 (4)(a)(iv).

• Assists in the preparation of an annual report of the status of counsel at arraignment coverage within each of the counties, including, as needed, assessing ways in which funding can be used to complete the task of providing arraignment coverage countywide.

• Makes recommendations to the Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney for improving the monitoring and reporting of progress made by counties in providing in person representation of defendants at his or her first appearance in court, including improving the quality of such representation in a cost-effective manner, by increasing the availability of necessary support services or creating innovative systems for the provision of representation at a defendant’s first appearance in court.

• Works with county providers and officials to develop support for the implementation of the provisions of Executive Law § 832 (4), in order to achieve maximum quality enhancement and cost-effectiveness.

• Undertakes such other activities as may be requested by the Director, Counsel or Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney in furtherance of the Office’s overall responsibility to implement the provisions of Executive Law § 832 and make efforts to improve the overall quality of indigent legal services representation under article 18-B.

Additional Comments
*Please note, this appointment is temporary pending final approval from the Civil Service Commission.

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Name Human Resources/JM/00023

Telephone 518-473-5282

Fax 518-486-1631

Email Address HRresumes@ogs.ny.gov

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 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.

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