APPELLATE COURT PANEL
HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME A PANEL ATTORNEY:
Download and complete the appropriate panel application. Submit a completed application and corresponding attachments: Certificate of Good Standing, Malpractice Insurance Binder, and at least 4 CLE Certificates in the area of law you are joining, to the SCACP office directly or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: Panel attorneys are not employed by the Suffolk County Assigned Counsel Plan, but rather are independent contractors of the SCACP.
Important Application Submission Instructions:
1. Download the PDF to your computer.
2. Open the PDF using Adobe Acrobat Reader, not your internet browser (right click -> open with). Click here to get Adobe Reader.
3. Fill out the form in Adobe Reader, when finished - click "file -> save as", and save it to a place you will remember.
4. Attach the newly saved PDF to your email and send completed forms to: email@example.com
Attorneys qualified for the Appellate Panel receive assignments directly from either the Appellate Term or Appellate Division.
An attorney may be on the Appeals Panel, Family Court Panel, Murder Panel, and one of the Trial Panels (either Misdemeanor or Felony). All assignments of appeal attorneys to cases are made by the Appellate Division, Second Department or the Appellate Term, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts, both in Brooklyn.
Applicants must have recent experience on either the trial or appellate level and up-to-date knowledge of criminal/family law and constitutional requirements. Applicants must submit a sample of their writing, such as a brief, memorandum of
law, or other recent publication.
On felony and misdemeanor cases, Assigned Counsel attorneys are only assigned if there is a conflict which prevents the prime provider under the Assigned Counsel Plan, the Legal Aid Society, from representing a defendant. Generally,
this occurs in circumstances where Legal Aid represents a co-defendant and, therefore, cannot ethically represent another defendant on the same charge, or where there has developed some conflict between the client and the Legal Aid attorney which requires the court to remove Legal Aid.