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Investigator (Brooklyn)

Company: The Legal Aid Society
Location: Brooklyn
Posted on: June 11, 2024

Job Description:

Investigator (Brooklyn)
Jun 14, 2024
As the primary public defender in New York City, The Legal Aid Society's staff zealously and tirelessly work to protect the rights of the most marginalized and disenfranchised in society. The expansive reach of The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice runs from its dynamic advocacy of clients in court to its presence and partnership in the communities.

Currently, The Legal Aid Society's Criminal Defense Practice has multiple openings in The Bronx trial office. Investigators work closely with all members of the defense team under the direction of the Attorney-in-Charge. The caseload will include, but will not be limited to: misdemeanors, domestic violence, burglaries, robberies, sexual assaults, and other serious felonies. This position requires considerable initiative, resourcefulness, creativity, and drive.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES


  • Locate and interview complainants, witnesses, defendants, and other relevant parties
  • Investigate crime scenes and other relevant locations
  • Document scenes (photographs, video, diagrams, measurements, etc.)
  • Create crime scene sketches/diagrams/maps
  • Prepare written summaries of investigation results via our case management system
  • Conduct background checks, internet, and social media investigations/research
  • Use databases to retrieve relevant case information (e.g., CLEAR, DMV, ACRIS, etc.)
  • Testify in court
  • Accompany defense players to crime scenes and relevant locations
  • Witness lineups and other police procedures (e.g., Ballistics test, examination of evidence at DA's offices, vehicular inspection at NYPD Auto Yards, etc.)
  • Discover and manage physical and digital evidence (e.g., cellphones, surveillance video, social media, etc.)
  • Locate and extract surveillance footage from varying locations and buildings
  • Communicate with other city agencies as necessary
  • Provide accurate, detailed reports on investigations; as well as maintaining other necessary documents (e.g., chain of custody, witness statements, investigation summaries etc.)
  • Travel within borough as well as out-of-borough as needed
  • Communicate with client and client's family and friends, as needed
  • Communicate with other members of staff/team to effectively analyze and discuss cases
  • Review detailed and voluminous discovery
  • Locate clients in-person, as needed
  • Serve subpoenas, motions and other legal documents, as needed
  • Perform field work during office hours as well as during irregular hours as directed
  • Other duties as assigned

    Brooklyn - Criminal Defense Practice Office

    Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or in a related field or demonstrated work experience
    Prior experience conducting investigations on criminal cases preferred, including investigative internships
    Commitment to obtaining justice for indigent persons and zealous defense representation required
    Additional training/certifications relating to criminal investigations preferred
    Ability to analyze and evaluate facts, as well as integrity and discretion
    Good listening and questioning skills
    Familiarity with MS Office and social media platforms
    Excellent written skills
    Skillful interpersonal interactions
    Requires field work during office hours as well as at irregular hours
    Ability to travel 95% of time
    Familiarity with borough neighborhoods
    Spanish language fluency strongly preferred
    Access to a vehicle for daily field work is required


    SALARY TRANSPARENCY
    The posting reflects the range of potential salaries for the role. The specific salary offers will be dependent on candidate qualifications, including collectively bargained salary steps for unionized roles.

    Salary Range/ Salary: $56,815 to $81,375

    SALARY AND BENEFITS
    The leadership of The Legal Aid Society believes in attracting and retaining exceptional talent committed to serving our clients. We offer a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation, disability, and life insurance, and more. Salaries for our unionized jobs are governed by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please visit our Careers page for additional information. Salary and benefits information will be available to applicants, when and if an offer is made.


    HIGHER EDUCATION AND LOAN FORGIVENESS
    The Legal Aid Society is a qualified employer for the purposes of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness. This position allows an employee to take advantage of PSLF and other State and Federal loan forgiveness programs.
    Additionally, employees who are New York residents may be eligible for assistance from New York state to assist with loan repayments, depending on years of practice.To learn more, click the links below.



    OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
    The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

    WORK AUTHORIZATION
    All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship for a work visa or permit. We are currently unable to sponsor employment visas or permits. (However, for citizens of Canada and Mexico, LAS will provide a letter documenting employment status that is needed to obtain a TN visa.)

    HOW TO APPLY
    All applications must be completed online. We do not accept paper submissions. Please visit our Careers Page to review all current job postings, and instructions on the application process. For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email .

    As an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer, The Legal Aid Society prohibits discriminatory employment actions against and treatment of its employees and applicants for employment based on actual or perceived race or color, size (including bone structure, body size, height, shape, and weight), religion or creed, alienage or citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity (one's internal deeply-held sense of one's gender which may be the same or different from one's sex assigned at birth); gender expression (the representation of gender as expressed through, for example, one's name, choice of pronouns, clothing, haircut, behavior, voice, or body characteristics; gender expression may not conform to traditional gender-based stereotypes assigned to specific gender identities), disability, marital status, relationship and family structure (including domestic partnerships, polyamorous families and individuals, chosen family, platonic co-parents, and multigenerational families), genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, arrest or pre-employment conviction record, credit history, unemployment status, caregiver status, salary history, or any other characteristic protected by law.
    Please submit these documents as a single combined PDF when you apply via the LAS (Legal Aid Society) Recruitment Portal.


    • Cover Letter
    • Resume

Keywords: The Legal Aid Society, New York , Investigator (Brooklyn), Other , Brooklyn, New York

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