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Minimum Qualifications Admission to the New York State Bar and a member in good standing with seven (7) years of post-admission experience as a criminal prosecutor before the Courts of New York State. Three (3) years of experience in criminal appellate work required. Experience supervising junior prosecutors is also required. Commitment to public service and excellent research/writing skills essential. NYS residency required.
*The preferred candidate will have five (5) or more years of work with special victims, sex crimes, child abuse or domestic violence.
*Salary commensurate with experience
Duties Description Associate Counsel would serve as a Supervising Assistant Special Prosecutor in the Office of the Special Prosecutor/Inspector General and perform the following functions, including but not limited to:
•Conducting appeals related to criminal matters statewide including researching and writing briefs and arguing before the appellate courts of New York State. Supervising appellate work of junior attorneys.
•Review criminal investigations and make charging decisions. Draft and review charging documents, gather documentation, prepare witnesses to prosecute cases of abuse and neglect against vulnerable persons in New York State. Appear on criminal matters in local, county and supreme courts throughout the state. Prepare Grand Jury presentations and indict criminal defendants. Conduct criminal hearings and trials. Supervise Assistant Special Prosecutors including reviewing and approving charging decisions, conferencing cases, supervising Grand Jury proceedings and second-seating at hearings and trial. Under supervision, approving plea offers.
•Work closely with local district attorneys’ offices regarding cases being prosecuted by the local DA. Advise on charging considerations and collateral consequences unique to cases associated with calls of abuse and neglect made to the Justice Center’s hotline.
•Consult and advise Justice Center’s criminal and non-criminal investigators on pending investigations. Interview witnesses, including vulnerable persons to advise on the appropriate course of action for pending investigations.
•Participate in local and statewide task forces and organizations related to the criminal investigations and prosecution of persons charged with abuse or neglect of vulnerable New Yorkers. Conduct training on legal issues to law enforcement, prosecutors and advocacy organizations.
•Coordinate with counterparts in local DAs offices to advise and confer on matters that fall within each’s jurisdictional authority.
•Travel is required up to 60 % of time. Much of travel time focused on the Capital Region.
Additional Comments The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center) is charged with protecting over one million New Yorkers under the care or jurisdiction of six state agencies. The following list outlines several of the Justice Center’s key responsibilities:
• Advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities and provide oversight of quality of care.
• Operate a centralized, statewide 24-hour hotline and incident reporting system staffed by trained personnel.
• Operate a statewide register that contains the names of individuals found responsible for egregious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect.
• Centralize and perform functions relating to criminal history background checks.
• Investigate serious allegations of abuse and neglect.
• Prosecute criminal acts of abuse and neglect.
• Analyze abuse patterns and trends in order to prevent future occurrences.
NOTE: You are advised that should you accept a job offer with this agency, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay for the cost of the fingerprinting fee.
Position eligible for annual location pay factor of $3026.
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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 Vacancy ID number for which you are applying.