The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office is seeking experienced attorneys to join the Office as Felony Assistant District Attorney’s in the Domestic Violence Bureau.
Cases arising from intimate partner violence – ranging from misdemeanor assault to homicide – present unique challenges for everyone involved, including prosecutors. The Office’s Domestic Violence Bureau is dedicated to compassionate, effective, and collaborative responses to these serious crimes. The Bureau has long been a national leader in innovative and holistic practices and has been at the forefront of creating and using new statutes (like the offenses of stalking and strangulation) to hold offenders accountable.
The Domestic Violence Bureau is fully committed to a trauma-informed modality that centers around the needs of survivors of domestic violence, which often extend beyond a given criminal case. Bureau prosecutors work closely with the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, a partnership of government and other agencies providing wrap-around services for victims ranging from long-term counseling to civil legal representation on immigration, family court, and housing matters. The Center is co-located with the Bureau on the 15th floor.
Consistent with our trauma-informed practices, prosecutors in the Domestic Violence Bureau learn to try cases without the participation of the survivor/victim, who may not be ready to cooperate with the criminal justice process. This practice, known as evidence-based prosecution, helps hone a prosecutor’s investigative and legal skills. Domestic Violence prosecutors become well-versed in the most recent law regarding the hearsay rule and its exceptions, Sirois hearings, and Molineaux arguments for the admission of evidence regarding prior uncharged crimes. Bureau prosecutors also rely heavily on digital evidence and become well-versed in using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instragram to prove and enhance cases, as well as material retrieved from cellular phones and historical cell site location data.
The Domestic Violence Bureau is fast-paced and high-volume, handling roughly ten thousand cases each year, each of which involves one or more vulnerable victims and serious public safety concerns. Felony line assistants in the Bureau will be responsible for a range of felony cases and, in time, may begin vertical prosecutions of the most serious cases (including homicides), beginning with response to the precinct at the time of the incident.
Applicants should have at least five years of litigation experience and a record of jury trial verdicts. Solid knowledge of criminal procedure, search and seizure law, and evidence is required.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.