FAMILY COURT DIVISION
The New York City Law Department is accepting applications from admitted attorneys with a minimum of two years of litigation experience for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel (ACC) in Family Court Division’s Juvenile Delinquency Unit. The Juvenile Delinquency Prosecution Unit investigates juvenile delinquency matters that are referred to the office and prosecutes the matters where appropriate. Juvenile delinquency matters currently involve youth ages 7 to 15 who have been arrested for conduct that would constitute a crime if they were adults. Effective October 1, 2018, the Raise the Age Legislation went into effect raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York State. In prosecuting juvenile delinquency cases, the Family Court Division’s Juvenile Delinquency Prosecution Unit seeks to ensure that those youth who commit delinquent acts are held accountable for their misconduct and receive appropriate services. The Family Court system is focused on rehabilitation.
Attorneys in the Family Court Division’s Juvenile Delinquency Unit carry a caseload and are responsible for all aspects of the cases from referral to disposition. This includes but is not limited to: (1) Interviewing victims, civilian witnesses and police officers, gathering and analyzing evidence, during the investigation stage of the case; thereby determining whether the case can be filed or must be declined. (2) If the case can be filed in court, deciding whether diversion is appropriate; (3) If the case is filed, drafting depositions and filing petitions; (4) Preparing and conducting pre-petition detention hearings, which determine the custodial status of the youth pending the fact-finding hearing; (5) Preparing and conducting pre-trial hearings to determine the admissibility of evidence; (6) Preparing and conducting fact-finding hearings (similar to trials in adult criminal cases), which determine whether the juvenile committed the acts alleged; and (7) Preparing and conducting dispositional hearings. The Family Court Division is ideal for attorneys with a passion for juvenile justice and the ability to investigate cases, analyze and then advocate for appropriate outcomes on a case-by-case basis, and conduct hearings and trials in a fast-paced environment with the ultimate goals of rehabilitation of the youth and the enhancement of the safety of the community.
The ACC will be a member of the Special Victims Unit and will handle sex offense cases (Penal Law Article 130 offenses), cases involving teen dating violence, cases involving young victims under the age of 9 on non-Article 130 cases, and any cases that originate at the Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) which include both sex offenses and serious physical abuse cases involving victims under the age of 12. Responsibilities may also include but are not limited to responding to the CAC for forensic interviews of victims and coordinating with members of the multi-disciplinary team including law enforcement, victim services, child welfare and medical providers; and participating in citywide Special Victims Unit trainings and meetings.
The ACC may be required to work evening and / or weekend hours. The ACC may also be part of the on-call response rotation for the Division.
The successful Applicant must be admitted and in good standing with the NYS Bar and must have substantial experience, preferably in criminal law, or family law, following graduation from an ABA accredited law school. Applicants must be able to work independently, have strong litigation, oral and written communication skills, the ability to work with witnesses and/or family members who are experiencing trauma, and a compassionate yet firm disposition. Applicants must possess excellent judgment; exceptional organizational abilities; strong leadership skills; solid knowledge of municipal criminal law, the Family Court Act and evidentiary issues; and strong interpersonal skills. Applicants must also be creative problem-solvers with the ability to recognize and respond to the wide range of legal, social and personal issues that often present themselves in the youth, families, court personnel, and community members with whom they will be engaged in the course of their work.
The ideal candidate will have at least three years of litigation experience, preferably in family law and/or criminal law.
The deadline to apply is November 21, 2018.
Please click the following link to apply to Job ID 371817: https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/psc/nycjobs/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=371817&PostingSeq=1.