The City of New York’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) is the nation’s largest independent administrative tribunal, conducting approximately 400,000 trials and hearings a year. OATH is a fast-paced organization committed to providing fair and timely administrative hearings to all New Yorkers. Through its Trials and Hearings Divisions, OATH serves as a neutral forum for the adjudication of a wide variety of civil cases affecting city employees and licensees, and the health, safety, and quality of life in New York City. In the past several years, OATH has grown significantly in size, scope and areas of jurisdiction.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services and guidance to executive agency staff, tribunal personnel, and the Clerk’s Office. The OGC plays a key role in supporting and strengthening the agency’s legal foundation and mission through legal analysis, research and writing, and advice.
The OGC seeks a dynamic and thoughtful attorney to serve as Assistant General Counsel. This person will have growing responsibility for all legal matters affecting OATH. He or she is expected to submit claims for bankruptcy matters, conduct agency rulemaking, and act as a Records Access Officer for OATH. In-house counsel work may include reviewing policies and procedures, providing legal guidance to staff, drafting contracts and memoranda of understanding, and working with Law Department litigators on state and federal lawsuits that involve OATH. Exceptional writing, research, and analytical skills, and good interpersonal and communication skills are required. The ideal candidate pays attention to details, thinks strategically, and exercises sound judgment. They should be able to work well in a team comprised of attorneys and non-attorneys, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and able to multi-task. Commitment to public service is an asset.
Duties include but are not limited to:
• Analyzing and writing agency rules;
• Reviewing and responding to FOIL requests;
• Taking and maintaining minutes of monthly OATH ECB meetings;
• Providing legal advice regarding tribunal operations to improve due process, efficiency and access to justice;
• Identifying and researching new or evolving legal issues;
• Reviewing and preparing legal documents;
• Collaborating with the NYC Law Department on legal matters;
• Serving as liaison to other City agencies; and
• Performing Special Projects as requested by the General Counsel.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. Admission to the New York State Bar; and either "2" or "3" below.
2. One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
3. Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086).
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:
To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.
Candidates must demonstrate:
• Excellent writing, legal research, and analytical skills.
• Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Ability to work independently and in teams.
• Computer skills in Microsoft Word, Access, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Experience with administrative tribunals.
• History of volunteerism, such as service in the AmeriCorps or Peace Corps, is viewed favorably.