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Duties Description The Assistant Counsel will oversee the implementation of the Hurrell-Harring v. New York settlement agreement (“HH settlement”) undertaken by the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Office”). The incumbent of this position will serve as Chief HH Implementation Attorney and will report to the Director of the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Director”) and agency Counsel (“Counsel”). In overseeing the HH settlement implementation, the incumbent will directly supervise the four HH settlement unit attorneys and the HH settlement analyst and will coordinate with the Director of Research to oversee the work of the two researchers dedicated to HH settlement work to ensure compliance with all monitoring and reporting requirements. The incumbent will also work closely with the Chief Attorney for the HH Statewide Implementation Unit and the Directors of Quality Enhancement for Criminal Defense Trials, Parental Representation in Family Court, and Appellate Representation, and Director of Research in pursuing the Office’s mission to improve the quality of mandated representation. 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.
The incumbent will supervise the HH settlement unit staff in performing these specific duties:
Evaluate and monitor the legal services provided pursuant to article 18-B of the County Law in the counties named in the HH settlement agreement (“counties”).
Consult and regularly meet with the providers of mandated representation and other responsible officials in the counties to identify and implement opportunities for improving the quality of mandated representation.
Monitor the HH settlement’s plan for counties to provide arraignment representation of all eligible criminal defendants; identify needed changes to the plan and consult and work with the counties to implement necessary changes; prepare annual reports updating the progress of arraignment representation.
Monitor the implementation and efficacy of the caseload/workload tracking systems adopted by mandated providers pursuant to the HH settlement; monitor mandated providers’ caseloads to ensure compliance with the caseload/workload standards adopted pursuant to the HH settlement; on an annual basis, evaluate the caseload/workload standards adopted pursuant to the HH settlement and prepare written reports of this evaluation for the HH settlement parties.
Monitor implementation of the HH settlement’s plans to ensure that mandated providers in the HH settlement counties have adequate resources and meet the quality improvement standards listed in section V(A) of the HH settlement agreement; report periodically to the HH settlement parties on the progress of these plans.
Monitor implementation of the criteria and procedures to determine financial eligibility for assignment of counsel in criminal cases (“eligibility standards”); oversee preparation of annual written reports on the progress of eligibility standards implementation; and
Work 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.
Additionally, the incumbent will:
Make recommendations to the Director and Counsel for improving the monitoring and reporting of progress made by the counties, including improving the quality of such 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.
Work with the Director, Counsel, the Chief Attorney for the Statewide Implementation unit, and the Directors of Quality Enhancement for Criminal Defense Trials, Parent Representation in Family Court, and Appellate Representation to develop a long-term strategy, beyond the HH settlement period, for integrating the work of the HH settlement unit into the overall work of the office in improving the quality of mandated representation.
Undertake such other activities as may be requested by the Director and Counsel in furtherance of the Office’s overall responsibility to make efforts to improve the quality of indigent legal services representation under article 18-B.
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