Assistant Counsel

New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special NeedsBrooklyn, New YorkFull Time

Minimum Qualifications

Admission to New York State Bar and a member in good standing.

Duties Description

Attorneys assigned to the Administrative Litigation Unit’s De Novo Team perform the following functions, including but not limited to:

  • Review appeals challenging substantiated reports of abuse or neglect to determine whether a preponderance of the evidence supports Justice Center determinations;
  • Review evidence associated with case determinations and any defenses asserted in the RFA;
  • Identify gaps in existing evidence and further evidence needed for determination review; collect relevant evidence, as appropriate, from investigators, State Oversight Agencies (SOAs), or providers to support the Justice Center’s legal position;
  • Draft File Memoranda in support of agency determinations and recommend proposed settlement terms;
  • Draft File Memoranda recommending unsubstantiation of agency determinations and present same for review;
  • Work collaboratively with other Unit team leaders and attorneys assigned to cases post De Novo review;
  • Input and review all relevant case information in the Justice Center’s Vulnerable Persons Central Registry (VPCR);
  • Conduct statewide training with Justice Center and SOA staff on relevant administrative litigation practices;
  • Represent the agency at meetings with external stakeholders; lead internal and external trainings/presentations;
  • Participate in work groups or special project teams, as directed;
  • Such other duties may be assigned.

Additional Comments

Established in 2013 by the Protection with Special Needs Act; 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 across six State Oversight Agencies.

Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive throughout NYS.

NOTE ON FINGERPRINTING: Please be 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.

NOTE ON TELECOMMUTING: Employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to the Justice Center’s Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

This position is eligible for $3,087 location pay.

Application Dues: 09/21/23

Notes on Applying: Please submit cover letter along with a clear and concise resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position as listed in Specifics to and indicate the Position Title & Vacancy ID number for which you are applying.

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