The New York State Office of the Attorney General is seeking a talented and motivated attorney for its newly created Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office (“LEMIO”). The Assistant Attorney General (AAG) position provides a unique and exciting opportunity to join a first-of-its-kind statewide oversight body charged with identifying and addressing systemic police misconduct. LEMIO seeks to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement, promote public safety, protect the civil rights and liberties of New Yorkers, as well as enhance transparency and strengthen public trust in the criminal justice system.
The Office was created by the New York State Legislature in June of 2020 in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and its implementing legislation went into effect April 2021. The Legislature’s intent was to create a “strong, independent office” which would improve the current police oversight structure “by providing broad jurisdiction, independence, and extra scrutiny where existing systems may be failing.”
LEMIO has a broad mandate to investigate “allegations of corruption, fraud, use of excessive force, criminal activity, conflicts of interest or abuse” as well as patterns and practices of police misconduct. LEMIO will be responsible for investigating complaints, examining departmental policies and procedures, and making recommendations for reform, including disciplinary action.
Suitable candidates for the AAG position must possess the following qualifications:
- At least three (3) years of post-graduate legal experience;
- Knowledge of policing best practices, relevant police procedures, and reforms is also required;
- Experience investigating and/or litigating police misconduct is preferred;
- Strong writing, organizational, interpersonal communication, and problem-solving skills; and
- A demonstrated commitment to public service.
Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that attorneys in the Office be citizens of the United States.
OAG employees serve more than 19 million state residents through a wide variety of occupations. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are being received online. To apply, please click on the following link: DSJ/LEM_NYC_AAG_3356
To ensure consideration, applications must be received by close of business on June 11, 2021
Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or you need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Legal Recruitment via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 212-416-8080.
For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: ag.ny.gov
Application Deadline is June 11, 2021