The Center for Appellate Litigation seeks to hire a client advocate to assist the 40+ public defenders on staff. CAL is a non-profit law firm in New York City that represents indigent criminal defendants in all stages of post-conviction proceedings, including appeals, habeas corpus petitions, and re-sentencing proceedings.

The client advocate will provide litigation support for attorneys on a variety of projects. These responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Preparing and writing submissions to the New York Board of Parole arguing for clients’ release from prison;

• Assisting attorneys with drafting briefs seeking reductions in sentences;

• Writing motions to appellate courts for assignment of counsel and various other relief;

• Advocating for improvement of clients’ conditions while incarcerated, including medical and mental health treatment and claims of harassment; and

• Visiting clients in prisons across New York State.

Candidates should have: excellent organizational skills; strong written and oral communication competency; patience and persistence with bureaucracy; and the ability to empathize with and the desire to work on behalf of people who have been convicted of serious offenses. There is significant client contact.

A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is required. Spanish language ability is preferable.

Because we believe that a diverse work force is essential to helping our clients through differing perspectives, CAL particularly welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, and transgender people. CAL is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

Salary starts at $42,500, depending on experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Starting date: July 2019.

-Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and transcript in PDF format to Kathleen Martinez at kmartinez@cfal.org.

-Please include personal pronouns you prefer and any nickname that you would like us to use.

- Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting December 17. The application deadline is February 28, 2019, but the position may be filled before that deadline.