Assistant Counsel

New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
Posted Feb 05
Full Time
Delmar, New York

Minimum Qualifications

Admission to the New York State Bar and a member in good standing with two (2) years of experience in the practice of law subsequent to admission of the Bar.

Preferred Qualifications:

Two (2) years post-admission trial and/or hearing experience before either courts of record or in administrative proceedings. Commitment to public service and good research/writing skills essential. Criminal litigation experience preferred but not required.

Duties Description

As part of the Office of General Counsel, the Assistant Counsel will analyze, interpret, and apply laws related to the work of the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

  • Review and assess testimonial, documentary, and audio/visual evidence gathered during investigations of allegations of abuse or neglect alleged to have occurred in facilities serving people with special needs;
  • Analyze evidence to determine whether it meets statutory definitions of abuse or neglect;
  • Draft legal determinations informing identified parties of the outcome of investigations;
  • Review legal determinations drafted by non-attorney staff members;
  • Provide investigatory staff with advice and support in interpreting statutory and regulatory requirements. Keep abreast of new developments in rules, regulations, court decisions and legislation that affect the Agency;
  • Consult with legal staff of other agencies on legal issues that affect agency jurisdiction or have implications for State Oversight Agencies.
  • Will be available to provide trainings to investigators or other agency units.

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. https://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/

Please note that your continued employment is dependent upon your sustained registration to practice law in New York State.

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.