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New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL

New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - NYSACDL
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Onondaga County ACP Seeking Mentors

From the Onondaga County Assigned Counsel Plan:

As part of a new initiative to provide professional support and resources to panel attorneys, the Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel plan is seeking high-caliber criminal defense attorneys to serve as mentors to less experienced panel attorneys. Mentors should have at least 10 years of experience in criminal practice with a minimum of five years of criminal defense work including recent experience in serious felony matters. Mentors must also show a demonstrated commitment to high quality indigent defense. Mentors will work with 3-5 mentees for approximately 12-15 hours monthly. Mentors will be compensated at $150 per hour. Additional compensated time is available for mentors to second chair less-experienced panel attorneys at trial. The selection committee will be looking for mentor-applicants with the following skills/experience:
- Cultivating a client centered ethos in each case
- Investigating cases and obtaining formal and informal discovery
- Identifying factual and legal issues
- Appropriate and creative use of experts, investigators, social workers and/or sentencing advocates
- Legal research and motion practice including written and oral advocacy
- Evaluating and making important strategic decisions
- Engaging in plea negotiations as well as advising client of pleas and sentencing outcomes
- Advising clients of collateral consequences of convictions
- Conducting pre-trial hearings
- Conducting all phases of a criminal jury trial (e.g. jury selection, opening and closing statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, evidentiary issues, proposed jury instructions, and trial motions, etc.)
- Sentencing advocacy
- Good organization & office management skills
- Computer Literacy

*Mentors cannot be employed by Onondaga County, and all applications will be reviewed for other potential conflicts of interest.

1) A posting will be distributed to all members of the assigned counsel panel, the Onondaga Bar Association for posting on their website, NYSACDL and NYSDA.

2) There will be a one (1) month application period. Applicants will submit the following:
a. Resume
b. Statement of Interest including their specific experience in providing indigent defense services and interest in improving the quality of indigent defense as well as experience with supervision, mentoring or teaching, if any.

3) A selection committee will review applications, choose potential mentors for interviews and make final selections. The selection committee will seek to select mentors by consensus.

4) The selection committee shall consist of two (2) representatives of Office of Indigent Legal Services, one (1) representative from the County Attorney’s office, two (2) representatives from the Assigned Counsel Program, one (1) representative from the Onondaga Bar Association, and a highly regarded attorney from the criminal defense bar or lay person involved with an agency that works with criminal defendants.

Resumes and statements of interest shall be submitted by mail or email to:
Fran Walter, Esq.
Assistant Director
OCBA Assigned Counsel Program
Lobby Suite 6
State Tower Building
Syracuse, NY 13202

DEADLINE: April 4, 2016