The application period for fellowships for new graduates and recent graduates that begin in September 2017 has closed. For informational purposes, the position is described below.
CAL continues to accept applications from experienced attorneys admitted to the New York bar. Those applicants should follow the instructions detailed below.
Staff Attorney Fellowship Positions - NYC Appellate Public Defender
The Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) has funded Staff Attorney Fellowship positions available starting in September 2017. CAL is a New York City not-for-profit law firm that represents indigent clients in criminal appeals and post-conviction proceedings in the Appellate Division, First Department, and in Bronx and Manhattan Supreme Court. We pride ourselves on our outstanding oral and written appellate advocacy, our commitment to high quality indigent defense, and our dynamic and innovative approaches to representing our clients.
These paid positions provide attorneys with extensive exposure, not only to appellate practice, but to all aspects of post-conviction proceedings. Fellows have the opportunity to write briefs and argue in the Appellate Division, as well as to appear in trial court on re-sentencing matters, motions to vacate based on constitutional violations or newly discovered evidence, and community notification proceedings in sex offender cases. CAL’s close supervision process, varied practice, and supportive environment provide an ideal experience for a new attorney.
The openings are for two-year positions. Applications must be submitted between September 12, 2016, and November 11, 2016.
Law graduates (current 3L’s) and recent graduates with strong writing backgrounds and a demonstrated interest in criminal law and helping the underserved are welcome to apply.
Experienced criminal appellate attorneys may also apply. Those applicants must have at least one year of relevant post-law-school criminal appellate or judicial clerkship experience, and be admitted to the New York bar (or be awaiting admission).
All applicants must have excellent analytical, writing, research, and oral advocacy skills, and a strong commitment to public criminal defense and serving indigent criminal clients. Because we believe that a diverse work force is essential to helping our clients through differing perspectives, CAL particularly welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, and transgender people. CAL is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.
Starting salary for law graduates for September 2017 will be $57,000 with an increase to $60,000 upon admission to the bar; for recent graduates and experienced attorneys it is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits are provided.
How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted by email only. The email should be sent to RDean@cfal.org and the subject line of the email should read “2017 Fellowship.” Attached to the email should be a resume and cover letter (both in PDF format) with the cover letter addressed to:
Robert S. Dean
Center for Appellate Litigation
120 Wall Street, 28th Floor
New York, NY 10005-4003
Because of the expected high number of applications, we ask that applicants not contact the office to inquire about the status of their application. Any necessary updates to an application should be sent to DKlem@cfal.org with the subject line “2017 Fellowship Update.”