The City of New York’s Office of Administrative Trials & Hearings (“OATH”) provides a neutral forum for conducting fair and timely administrative trials and hearings for a wide range of City agencies, boards and commissions. OATH is comprised of the Hearings Division which conducts high volume hearings for City agencies involved in rules enforcement, and the Trials Division, which adjudicates a diverse range of cases, including civil service disciplinary cases, human rights and discrimination cases, vehicle seizure cases, license revocation cases, and complex contractual disputes.

OATH is currently offering two one-year fellowships for recent law school graduates beginning February 2019 and ending February 2020. Fellows will work primarily as law clerks to the Administrative Law Judges at the OATH Trials Division. The Richard C. Failla Fellowship is named in honor of OATH’s first Chief Administrative Law Judge. Judge Failla was appointed as OATH’s first Chief Judge in 1979 and established the standards which continue to guide OATH to the present day commitment to professionalism, fairness and equality. Judge Failla subsequently was appointed to New York City Criminal Court and was elected in 1988 as a Justice, Supreme Court of the State of New York.

In January 2017, the New Your Unified Court System established a new commission to address issues facing the LGBTQ community for both employees and litigants and it was named after Judge Failla.

Working in collegial and supportive environment, fellows will be able to develop their drafting, research, communication, and analytical skills. Typical assignments include: preparing summaries of trial records; drafting decisions based upon trial records and relevant laws; researching and drafting memoranda of law; preparing analyses of newly adopted or proposed laws and rules which may affect matters adjudicated at OATH; scheduling and conducting conference calls between adversarial attorneys; writing proposed rules; participating in policy discussions; providing support for the training of administrative law judges; and assisting in defending challenges to OATH decisions in state and federal court. Failla Fellows will also work closely with the Administrative Judicial Institute at OATH.

Special Note: These positions are limited to a one-year term.

Minimum Qual Requirements
Graduation from an accredited United States law school as defined in the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals (Sections 520.3 or 520.5) or admission to the New York State Bar.

Preferred Skills
Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate excellent writing, legal research, analytical skills and demonstrated interest in administrative law. History of volunteerism, such as service in the AmeriCorps or Peace Corps, is viewed favorably.

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