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OSPRA Legal Intern

OHE-W23-1
Program Office/Description: 

The intern will work with attorneys from the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability ("OSPRA") at the New York State Department of Education. OSPRA attorneys are responsible for prosecuting Part 83 moral character disciplinary proceedings against persons holding NYS teaching certificates. OSPRA attorneys prepare Part 83 cases for hearing. This includes ensuring that all witnesses and evidence have been identified, preparing charges, preparing disclosure materials and exhibits, and preparing openings, closings, direct examinations, and cross-examinations among other things. OSPRA attorneys are also responsible for preparing appeal response papers. In addition, OSPRA attorneys analyze school district requests for Part 87 fingerprint clearance for prospective school employees. Such analysis includes reviewing DCJS and FBI criminal histories, obtaining criminal records from courts and law enforcement agencies, and evaluating the individual's criminal record and related information in accordance with Correction Law 752 and 753 and Part 87.  

The Assignment (Description of Job): 

Intern will work directly with attorneys and assignments will include work related to Part 83 moral character cases and Part 87 fingerprint clearance request cases. Examples of the work that interns may be assigned include the following:
1. Assist attorneys in review of evidence: identify exhibits and witnesses, determine what information/evidence needs to be collected;
2. Assist attorneys in preparation of disclosure, exhibits, and hearing binder;
3. Request documents/evidence from courts, law enforcement, or other agencies and conduct any follow up as necessary;
4. Conduct internet research to obtain factual information relating to cases (news articles, statistics, demographics, other data);
5. Conduct legal research;
6. Draft settlement agreements; 
7. Redact documents in accordance with FOIL in preparation for public disclosure; and  
8. Review school district administrative hearing transcripts and highlight testimony relevant to OSPRA's Part 83 proceeding.

 

Assignment Type: 
On-Site
Professional Development Plan : 

The intern will have the opportunity to learn how to evaluate evidence and prepare cases for administrative hearing. In so doing, the intern will learn specifically about Part 83 and related areas of New York State Education Law, and more broadly about the prosecution of administrative matters, including the applicable burden of proof and evidentiary rules. The intern will also have the opportunity to learn how to read DCJS and FBI criminal histories, how to evaluate criminal histories in accordance with Correction Law 752 & 753.

Desired Skills, Abilities, & Educational Background: 

The OSPRA intern will be a law school student. The ideal candidate would: pay attention to detail and check for accuracy, possess a willingness to learn, and to take on any project small or large, have the ability to manage multiple projects, be organized, and understand the need for discretion as the intern will be exposed to confidential information that must remain confidential.   

Schedule/Hours: 

The intern should be available to work at least 20-25 hours per week. Internship hours will be Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm. The specific hours that the intern will work during those hours is flexible. A set schedule will be set based upon the weekly availability of the intern.

Application Instructions: 

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript (student copy is acceptable), and completed internship application to internships@nysed.gov.  Please include the Assignment Number (OHE-W23-1) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

Location: 
Albany
Internship Program: 
NYSED Internship
Program Area: 
Office of Higher Education
Program Office: 
Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability
Supervisor: 

Kristin Little

Number of Interns Requested: 
1
Degree Level: 
Law/Professional
Semester: 
Winter Intersession 2022
Pay Rate: 
Unpaid