Jobs

This is a current listing of jobs in public defense as well as internships. Select employment listings also appear in the "Job Opportunities" section of The Public Defense Backup Center Report. Employers interested in placing a job advertisement with the New York State Defenders Association to be published in either The Public Defense Backup Center Report or on the NYSDA web site, please contact Susan Bryant by email (sbryant@nysda.org), phone (518) 465-3524 or fax (518) 465-3249. NYSDA reserves the exclusive right to decide which job advertisements will be posted.

Missouri: State Public Defender Director, Missouri State Public Defender System
The Missouri State Public Defender System (MSPD) is seeking a Department Director responsible for the overall operation and administration of the system. The Director is appointed by a seven-member Commission to a four-year term. Work requires exercising oversight of a statewide indigent defense system to ensure quality legal representation of eligible persons. The State Public Defender Director is responsible for oversight of an annual budget of approximately $39 million and direction of 587 employees in 44 offices across Missouri. The Director testifies before legislative bodies regarding legislation that impacts the system and in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Commission. This position works out of Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri and reports to the Public Defender Commission. Applications must be received no later than February 27, 2015. For more information, click here.

Cortland County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Cortland County Public Defender’s Office
The Cortland County Public Defender’s Office is accepting applications for the position of assistant public defender. Must have a license to practice law in New York State and meet residency requirements in 2005 Local Law #3. Approved applications will be forwarded to the Public Defender’s Office until the position is filled. EOE. For more information, click here.

White Plains, NY: Executive Director, The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County
The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County seeks an Executive Director. The candidate must be a member of the NYS Bar with 5+ years criminal defense experience, office administration skills, a reputation for integrity, and a commitment to indigent representation. Preferred candidate will be a strong visionary, high-level communicator experienced in business administration, budgeting, and revenue expansion, with superior negotiation skills, experience working with government/court officials on administrative/policy matters, and a thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system. Applications from all qualified individuals are sought; women, people of color, gays and lesbians, transgender people, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Send letter/resume to The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, One North Broadway, 9th Floor, White Plains, NY 10601.

New York, NY: Director of the Center for Justice, American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a full-time Director of its Center for Justice in New York City or Washington, D.C. The Director of the Center for Justice will also be one of four Deputy Directors in the national Legal Department of the ACLU and will report to the ACLU’s Legal Director. As the ACLU approaches its 100th anniversary, the Director of the Center for Justice will lead the organization’s work in one of the most critical challenges confronting the country today. Through litigation, public education, lobbying and advocacy, the ACLU’s Center for Justice seeks to transform the criminal justice system into one that is fair and free of bias, that keeps communities safe without an overreliance on incarceration, that is evidence-based rather than fear-based, that rejects the death penalty, and that respects the constitutional and human rights of all who come into contact with it. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. For more information, click here.

Montgomery, AL: Director of the Office of Indigent Services
The Director of the Office of Indigent Defense Services shall have responsibility over a major division in the Department of Finance that governs the provision of defense services to indigent persons. Supervision is exercised over a staff of personnel including accountants, clerical and/or attorney positions. The Director shall work independently, determining his/her own procedures and making major work decisions. The Director shall operate under the general direction of the Finance Director. Submit a resume with a cover letter of no more than two pages explaining why you would like this position and why you believe you are qualified for it to: Keith B. Norman, Executive Director, Alabama State Bar, PO Box 671, Montgomery, AL 36101-0671. The deadline for applications is February 6, 2015. For more information, click here.

Wyoming County, NY: Investigator, Wyoming County Public Defender’s Office
The Wyoming County Public Defender’s Office has an immediate opening for an investigator to interview clients for eligibility and conduct investigations primarily in criminal matters, as well as in family court matters. Data entry skills; 2-4 year criminal justice degree or the equivalent in work experience. Salary: $35,000 plus county fringe benefits. Send resume to: Wyoming County Public Defender, 18 Linwood Avenue, Warsaw, NY 14569. No calls please. EOE.

Bronx, NY: Staff Attorney, Family and Immigration Unit, Legal Services NYC
Legal Services NYC-Bronx is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the borough, and the largest Legal Services office in New York City. The staff attorney would specialize in advising and representing survivors of intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking in their family law and immigration matters. The staff attorney would provide advice and representation in divorce, child/spousal support, custody/visitation, family offense proceedings in Family and Supreme Court, as well as assist clients with applications for U and T nonimmigrant status, VAWA self-petitions, and Battered Spouse Waivers. In addition, the staff attorney would conduct civil legal screening for clients who walk-in to the Bronx Family Justice Center, and would regularly meet with clients for scheduled in-depth intake appointments. The staff attorney would work closely with Legal Services NYC – Bronx staff and the case managers, attorneys, counselors, and staff at the Bronx Family Justice Center to make referrals, communicate about client needs, and create monthly reports. For more information, click here. LSNYC-Bronx is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, and transgender people are all welcome and encouraged to apply.

Monroe County: Public Defender's Office
The Monroe County Public Defender is accepting resumes for an entry-level position as an assistant public defender in the Town Court Bureau. In this position the attorney would be responsible for representing persons charged with misdemeanors or violations in town courts throughout Monroe County. Starting salary is $51,154 with excellent benefits, including full health insurance, dental, vacation, sick time, compensatory time, and membership in the NYS Retirement System. Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York and have a valid driver's license. All employees of Monroe County are required to reside within Monroe County. Interested applicants should submit a resume to the Monroe County Public Defender's Office, 10 N. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614.


NYSDA Internship Programs Public Interest Employment
Law Internship Program in Albany, NY
Internships are available for law students who want to gain experience in legal research and criminal law. Students can earn academic credit through Albany Law School or any participating institution. Law students work on a variety of criminal defense research projects, and participate in the preparation of case summaries for NYSDA's publications and databases. During the summer, law student interns are eligible to work along with staff and observe NYSDA's Basic Trial Skills Program for new attorneys. Send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Charles F. O'Brien
Managing Attorney
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: cobrien@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249

Criminal Justice Internship Program in Albany, NY
Internships are available for students who want to gain experience in criminal justice research. Students can earn academic credit through the SUNY School of Criminal Justice in Albany or any participating institution. Among its many responsibilities, NYSDA engages in the following activities: providing technical assistance to public defense providers and local, state and government officials; reviewing and analyzing public defense and relevant criminal justice research studies, reports and literature; assisting in evaluation of county public defense systems; undertaking public defense data collection, including caseload, budget and expenditure data; designing survey instruments; and assisting in reviewing and analyzing public defense legislation. The criminal justice intern works under the supervision of the Executive Director and Managing Attorney to fulfill the office's social science research needs. Send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Charles F. O'Brien
Managing Attorney
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: cobrien@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249

Library Internship Program in Albany, NY
Internships are available for students who want to gain experience in librarianship or information science. Students can earn academic credit through the School of Information Science and Policy, University at Albany or any participating library school. The Backup Center Library plays a key role in NYSDA's mission by providing research and support services to staff lawyers, public defense attorneys and government officials. Library Interns, working under the supervision of Director of Legal Information Services, will have the opportunity to interact with professional staff, government agencies, vendors and publishers. Interns will work in any or all of the following areas: reference and research, collection development, cataloging, indexing and database management, records management and space planning. Send a cover letter and resume (preferably by email) to:

Ken Strutin
Director of Legal Information Services
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: kstrutin@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249