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Assistant District Attorney

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office, located in the Metrotech area of Brooklyn, New York, is accepting applications for the position of Assistant District Attorney.


The Kings County District Attorney’s Office serves the more than 2.6 million people of Brooklyn and is one of the largest prosecutor’s offices in the country. The sheer size and diversity of Brooklyn provides a professional experience that is unique among district attorney’s offices around the country. You will be exposed to full range of cases, including some of the most complex and cutting edge, and you will learn from some of the most respected and renowned attorneys in the public sector. You will be given as much responsibility as you can handle.


Our goal is to hire the best and most committed public servants. Our ADAs come from a wide range of backgrounds and we are committed to hiring and retaining lawyers who represent and add to this vibrant diversity.

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Application Deadline: October 27, 2019

 

 

Fall Legal Internship

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office accepts applications from law school students for highly competitive internships within our office during the fall semester.
 
The fall unpaid internship is a 12-week program and interns are required to work 10-15 hours per week. The internship runs from September 16 to December 6, 2019.
 
Fall interns have a unique opportunity to assist in duties that may include: assisting in investigations and hearings; attending trials; drafting subpoenas; conducting and analyzing legal research; preparing and compiling documents and financial data; and interviewing witnesses with assistant district attorneys. Interns are assigned to one of the specialized bureaus or to a general trial zone.
 
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019
 
 

Immigration Attorney

For years, the deportation of undocumented individuals for low-level criminal convictions was considered a collateral consequence or an additional penalty tied to their convictions.  Given the potential harsh consequences stemming from low-level criminal convictions, District Attorney for Kings County Eric Gonzalez is seeking to implement a system to help prevent undocumented immigrants from facing deportation proceedings for these minor offenses.  The Kings County District Attorney’s Office is seeking experienced immigration attorneys to assist with the implementation and execution of this new initiative. Requirements and expectations are as follows:

 
  • Assist prosecutors in-house in assessing cases in which defendants accused of crimes would face deportation as a result of their guilty pleas

  • Be knowledgeable in all facets of the citizenship process, as well as what issues and criminal convictions could deem a petitioner ineligible to become a citizen of the United States

  • Be familiar with the inner-workings of ICE and how ICE attorneys process cases through their court system

  • Have an understanding of the criminal justice system and be familiar with sentencing guidelines and procedures

  • Strong interpersonal skills required


Lateral Assistant District Attorney - Appeals

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office is seeking qualified attorneys to work as assistant district attorneys in the Appeals Bureau. Responsibilities of assistant district attorneys assigned to the Appeals Bureau include: writing briefs and conducting oral arguments on appeals to the Appellate Division, the Appellate Term, and the New York Court of Appeals; answering motions to vacate judgments of conviction in the Supreme Court and the Criminal Court; responding to habeas corpus petitions in federal district court; and litigating appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

 

Minimum qualification requirements:

  • Attorney admitted to practice in New York

  • Appellate or other writing experience, preferably in criminal law

 

Essential skills:

  • Strong writing, research, and analytical skills

  • Ability to work effectively under deadlines

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


Lateral Assistant District Attorney - Chief of Human Trafficking Unit

The Kings County District Attorney's Office, located in the Metrotech area of Brooklyn, New York is seeking a senior level Attorney to join the office to serve as the Chief of the Human Trafficking Unit.

 

The Human Trafficking Unit vigorously investigates and prosecutes those who, through force, fraud, coercion, persuasion or otherwise, have forced individuals or children into prostitution and/or labor, including as domestic servants, nannies, housekeepers, construction and restaurant workers. The unit’s staff also engages in community outreach by conducting meetings at schools and community centers to educate Brooklyn residents on the dangers of human trafficking and on how to look for warning signs that a person might be a trafficking victim.

 

The ideal candidates are expected to perform the following duties:

  • Engage in continuous outreach to bring awareness to Human Trafficking and work with advocates and community groups to combat Human Trafficking.
  • Work with current special victims leadership to supervise and evaluate the individuals accused of committing Human Trafficking offenses.
  • Work with current special victims leadership to enhance Human Trafficking cases from inception, grand jury, through disposition as well as supervise and mentor assistants as needed.
  • Make themselves available as needed to assist law enforcement or enhance cases of suspected Human Trafficking.

 

Preferred Skills:

  • Litigation experience demonstrated through a record of jury trials and/or a record of legal advocacy on behalf of victims of Human Trafficking and related legislation
  • Prior supervisory experience with demonstrated experience in conducting and supervising long-term investigations and prosecutions.
  • Strong leadership skills to oversee large docket of cases and ensure prompt resolution of matters.
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced work environment and handle a high volume of cases and investigations.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborate with others within, as well as outside of our agency.
  • Willingness to conduct active outreach and develop partnerships with outside agencies to combat Human Trafficking
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills.

 

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

 


Lateral Assistant District Attorney - Conviction Review Unit

 

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office is seeking an experienced attorney to join the office in the Conviction Review Unit of the Post-Conviction Justice Bureau. The Conviction Review Unit investigates past convictions to determine if the convicted defendant was wrongfully convicted including. but not limited to, actual innocence.

 

Under the direction of the Bureau Chief, the ideal candidates are expected to perform the following duties:

  • Reviewing case files, police files and paperwork, court transcripts, court records, parole minutes, and all other documents connected with or relevant to a criminal prosecution.
  • Interviewing witnesses, defendants, prosecution and defense attorneys, and relevant experts.
  • Preparing and presenting motions, responses and oral arguments to the court.
  • Preparing memorandums detailing the crime, prosecution, post-conviction history and the investigation conduct in connection with this unit. 

Qualifications

  • All candidates must be admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
  • Candidates must have eight or more years of legal experience following graduation from an accredited law school with significant employment as a prosecutor and/or criminal defense attorney, or other area of practice concerning criminal law in any jurisdiction.

Preferred Skills

  • Candidates must have extensive trial and/or investigative experience.
  • Candidates must have good analytical and communicative skills.
  • Candidates must have the ability to work independently as well as collaborate with others within the unit.
  • Candidates must have a strong working knowledge of criminal procedure and rules of evidence, as well as a strong understanding of the attorney’s rules of ethics.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated strong legal writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Candidates should have the ability to work with outside agencies such as the NYPD, Department of Corrections, Corporation Counsel and the OCME.

 

Occasional Travel Required

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

 

Lateral Assistant District Attorney - Investigations Division

 

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office is seeking seasoned attorneys with at least 5 years of litigation as well as investigative experience to join the Office in its Investigations Division.

 

Applicants must be able to handle a high volume of work with strict adherence to deadlines in a fast-paced environment.  In addition, applicants for this position should have the ability to think and work independently as well as the ability to work in conjunction with other bureaus in the Office as well as with local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies. 

 

Responsible for long-term investigations, grand jury presentations, trials, and prosecutions in the areas of public corruption, environmental crimes, organized crime, and frauds, including labor fraud, real estate fraud, immigrant fraud, elder fraud, healthcare fraud, consumer fraud, cybercrime and securities fraud.  Responsible for handling a docket of court cases covering the above listed disciplines.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

Excellent investigative skills, including significant experience drafting subpoenas, interviewing

witnesses, analyzing financial and business records and creating investigative plans.

 

Excellent writing skills, preferably with experience drafting search warrants, pen registers and eavesdropping warrants.

 

Strong court room advocacy skills. 

 

Working knowledge of computer technology and participation in sophisticated cybercrime investigations.

 

Proven record of managing an investigative team in long-term, proactive investigations into complex criminal organizations involved in fraud schemes, organized crime or public corruption.

 

Solid interpersonal skills with the ability to work as part of a team.

 

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

 

Lateral Assistant District Attorney - Law Enforcement Accountability Bureau

 

The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office is seeking senior experienced level trial attorneys to join the office in the Law Enforcement Accountability Bureau. The Law Enforcement Accountability Bureau investigates and prosecutes crimes committed by members of law enforcement against civilians.

 

Under the direction of the Bureau Chief, the ideal candidates are expected to perform the following duties:

 

  • Reviewing charge files and recommending the initiation of litigation
  • Conducting discovery for litigation in criminal and State Supreme court
  • Preparing and presenting motions, responses and oral arguments to the courts
  • Preparing pretrial and post-trial briefs and materials
  • Providing formal and informal legal advice and memoranda to agency personnel. 
  • Conducting all facets of trials in criminal and State Supreme courts
  • Riding (go out to the scene/precinct to enhance cases) on cases with the NYPD to report to crime scenes in the event of an arrest to take statements from suspects and witnesses of the case, participate in any lineups that are necessary and draw up search warrant applications as needed. 

 

Qualifications

 

  • All candidates must be admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
  • Candidates must have five to seven year of legal experience following graduation from an accredited law school preferably in a substantive area of the enforcement, related civil rights litigation, or general litigation in federal and/or state courts.

 

Preferred Skills

 

  • Candidates must be able to excel in a fast-paced work environment and handle a high volume of cases and investigations.
  • Candidates should have the ability to work independently as well as collaborate with others within, as well as outside of our agency.
  • Candidates should have litigation experience including a record of jury trials and a working knowledge of criminal procedure and rules of evidence.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated strong legal writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Applicants should have some litigation experience preferably with a record of jury trials. Solid knowledge of criminal procedure, search and seizure law, and evidence is required.
  • Candidates should have a proven record of conducting long-term, proactive investigations and the ability to work with outside agencies such as the NYPD. Wiretap and appellate experience is a plus.

 

Occasional Travel Required

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

 

Summer Legal Internship

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office, located in the Metrotech area of Brooklyn, New York, is accepting applications for our highly competitive summer internship program which prepares rising 2L & 3L law students to perform the tasks and to shoulder the responsibilities of a first-year prosecutor and beyond.

The summer legal internship is an unpaid 10-week program, and interns are required to work 35 hours per week. Our hands-on training program includes: a full day of orientation, a mock suppression hearing exercise, a classroom lecture series, and tours such as the New York Police Department Firearms Lab and Red Hook Community Justice Center.

High performing legal summer interns are a primary source for hiring full-time ADAs once they have graduated

  
Application Deadline: March 1, 2020