Employment Opportunities at ILS

The mission of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) is to improve the representation provided to people facing criminal charges or Family Court proceedings 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.

Current Openings

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Criminal Defense Representation Counsel, Region D

The Albany-based Criminal Defense Representation Counsel will work to assure that the reforms initiated by the Hurrell-Harring settlement and its extension statewide under Executive Law § 832(4) will be implemented effectively in New York State, specifically in Region D which consists of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Warren, and Washington counties. The Criminal Defense Representation Counsel will report to a Deputy Criminal Defense Representation Chief, who works under the guidance of the Criminal Defense Representation Chief. This position is responsible for the effective implementation of Executive Law § 832(4)(a) (counsel at arraignment), § 832(4)(b) (caseload relief), and § 832(4)(c) (initiatives to improve quality), as well as monitoring implementation and efficacy of these reforms in Region D.

Specific duties include:

• Under the supervision of the Deputy Criminal Defense Representation Chief, and in collaboration with the Criminal Defense Representation team, works toward successful implementation of the ILS reform plans within the region, identifies challenges to implementation, and works with county officials and providers of public defense to develop creative solutions to meet the challenges.

• Consults with the providers of legal representation in the Region D counties and other responsible officials to identify opportunities for enhancing the quality of criminal defense representation provided under article 18-B of the County Law.

• Facilitates the development and implementation of regional initiatives to improve the quality of public criminal defense representation.

• Assists with the implementation and monitoring of caseload/workload standards in criminal cases for each provider of mandated representation in the Region D counties, including representation in both trial and appellate-level cases.

• Works with the Region D providers and counties to ensure that eligible individuals receive quality defense representation at arraignment and monitor progress of the structures put in place to achieve this goal.

• Assists in maximizing the use of state funding by Region D counties and public defense providers, including negotiating budgets for ILS contracts with providers and counties within the region.

• Provides consultation to public defense attorneys upon request.

• Works closely with the ILS Research Unit to ensure collection and reporting of all relevant data, and with the ILS Parental Representation Unit and Appellate Support Center to identify areas where quality improvement and greater efficiencies may be achieved.

• Consults regularly with the other ILS staff to problem-solve and promote improved quality representation.

• Undertakes other activities 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 County Law article 18-B.

Salary: $109,180

Application Deadline and Instructions: Applications are due by June 30, 2024. Please review the full vacancy announcement and application instructions here: https://statejobs.ny.gov/public/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=156199

Supervising Appellate Attorney

The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) seeks to hire a Supervising Appellate Attorney for its Statewide Appellate Support Center at ILS in Albany, New York. Through a dynamic and collaborative model, the Center helps to fulfill ILS’ mission “to improve the quality of services provided pursuant to article 18-B of the county law.” Using an interdisciplinary approach, the Center is an innovative resource for attorneys providing mandated representation across the state. 

The Center focuses on creating statewide initiatives, developing trainings, and providing individual consultation services to improve mandated criminal defense and Family Court representation, including direct appeals, C.P.L. 440 motions, DVSJA resentencing applications and other post-conviction matters. Center staff also provide research and consultation support to criminal and Family Court defense teams at the trial level.

The Supervising Appellate Attorney will be responsible for supervising the work of the Center’s team members and collaborating with other ILS team members as well as external stakeholders to further these efforts.

Salary: $124,444

Application Deadline and Instructions: Applications are due by June 7, 2024. Please review the full vacancy announcement and application instructions here: https://statejobs.ny.gov/public/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=158120 

Special Assistant for Mitigation

The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services seeks an experienced mitigation specialist to support the efforts of the Statewide Appellate Support Center team located at ILS offices in Albany, New York. The Special Assistant for Mitigation will continue to build relationships with providers and create resources for criminal and Family Court defense teams statewide that seek information on defense mitigation best practices; databases on social workers, case managers, mental health experts, and/or mitigation specialists; and resources on services and treatment programs for the benefit of clients. In addition, the Special Assistant for Mitigation will help to facilitate and develop trainings for criminal and Family Court defense team members regarding how to effectively work with social workers, case managers, and/or mitigation specialists, and other defense team members, including investigators, at the trial, pretrial, sentencing, resentencing, and post-conviction stages of a case. The Special Assistant for Mitigation will also continue to develop trainings for defense team members about how to effectively interview clients and collateral contacts to present a life history highlighting mitigating circumstances to effectively advocate for favorable dispositions; how to facilitate enrollment in appropriate treatment programs; and how to work as an effective member of the defense team. The Special Assistant for Mitigation will also be available to consult with attorneys and local social workers, case managers, and/or mitigation specialists regarding individual cases.

Salary Range: $93,895 to $99,895

Application Deadline and Instructions: Applications are due by July 3, 2024. Please review the full vacancy announcement and application instructions here: https://statejobs.ny.gov/public/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=159986

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