Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:As a former Bronx ADA, congratulations to all those with offers!!! And for those still waiting don't give up hope. From personal knowledge offers have been given even a few days before the new class starts, as attrition within the offices always fluctuates.
If anyone has any questions, I have a wealth of knowledge about the Bronx DA's office and would be willing to answer any questions you may have.
How is it like working under Darcel Clark? Has anything changed?
A lot has changed. I was hired under former DA Rob Johnson.
1. cases are vertical (as much as they can be) now. Similar to the structure at NYDA.
2. New Units and bureaus created.
3. A lot more oversight on day to day operations.
4. Pay has increased in standard with other offices, however sign-on bonuses have been given to good adas to keep them committed for an extra year or 2 years.
5. Maternity leave policy was just changed yesterday, giving the primary caregiver 12 weeks per birth. However it came with a clause that you must sign a commitment to return for at least 3 months. I think this was done because many women had left the office, received maternity pay and never came back or interviewed for other jobs while out and resigned before coming back.
6. No longer is there weeks of nights as in the past, but rather single shifts.
7. a lot of people have left the office due to these changes, especially in regards to the vertical nature of cases. By going vertical it made mid level to senior adas have to do more work, as they used to just be assigned an indicted case and got to try it. Now they are back writing up complaints, running in and out of the grand jury, Basically more work for the same pay. because of this the office is understaffed at the moment, but once they have hit the numbers they need, vertical prosecution will overall be better for the cases in the long run.
8. As a result of adas leaving, it has created two tiers of adas- senior adas and younger adas. A lot of the midlevels left because they were not rewarded and promoted like senior adas. Seniors stayed because they were given large raises and placed in prestigious bureaus (homicide etc). However Darcel is in a rebuilding phase and it will require a lot of hiring to get the numbers she needs. Once the numbers are met, it will ease the strain on all adas, in which each ada is doing the work of 1.75 adas.
If I'm reading this correctly, it sounds like a great time to be applying for an ADA position in the Bronx.
it is. Class sizes are expected to be in the 50s and 60s. They are hiring laterals (which is exceptionally rare) to fill those mid level spots lost. The classes coming in now will gain a lot of experience as they will have a higher caseload, but as more classes are hired, the caseload will go down and they will be left with all the skills forged in the fire of being a new ada in a new administration.