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.

Warren County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders, Warren County Public Defender’s Office
The Warren County Public Defender’s Office has two full-time assistant public defender openings. Applicants must possess a NY State law license and have at least one year of practical experience as an attorney in the fields of criminal law or family court law; have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and have knowledge of criminal law, family court law and court proceedings. Both positions involve representing clients assigned by the Public Defender in criminal and family court proceedings. This involves representation through all stages of the proceeding following arrest and at the initial court appearance. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Defender with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment. The attorney does work related to the case as required, including filing proceedings and motions, preparing for hearings, conducting hearings, evaluation of the case and plea bargaining. The attorney would also conduct legal research, prepare for trial and conduct the trial. Salary: Fifth Assistant Public Defender- $54,091 with full county benefits; Sixth Assistant Public Defender- $45,000 with full county benefits on a fully funded 3-year grant position. To apply, please send a resume and writing sample to Marcy Flores, First Assistant Public Defender, at floresm@warrencountyny.gov or Warren County Public Defender’s Office, 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845.

Broome County, NY: Assistant Public Defender Assistant Public Defender
Assistant Public Defender Assistant Public Defender sought for Broome County Public Defender Office. Required: admitted in New York; experienced in criminal defense; willing to work as an assistant public defender; and ability to handle criminal trial work, administrative proceedings, parole and appellate proceedings. Salary 52,000. Send resume to: Jay L. Wilber, Broome County Public Defender, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, NY 13902.

New York, NY: Executive Director, Center for Community Alternatives
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to support every person’s ability to live a dignified life in the community, regardless of mistakes made in the past. The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for CCA achieving its mission. Following the retirement of CCA's long-time ED and founder, the new ED will lead the organization into its next phase of growth and development. The primary responsibilities include leading and managing the staff; collaborating with the Board of Directors to develop strategies and ensure execution of program planning and evaluation initiatives; creating development and fundraising plans that support and sustain the organization; deploying effective financial management practices; and managing public, community, government relations, and organizational partnerships. More details and a full job description are available here.

CCA is working in partnership with Community Resource Exchange (CRE) www.crenyc.org to fill this position. It is strongly advised that you submit a cover letter indicating why you think you are a fit for the Executive Director position at CCA, outlining your salary expectations, in addition to your resume that details your qualifications and experience by e-mail to ccaed@crenyc.org. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CCA is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic and experiential backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates who represent the communities we serve to apply.


Columbia, MO: General Counsel, Missouri State Public Defender
The Missouri State Public Defender seeks applicants for the position of General Counsel. The General Counsel reports to the Director and Public Defender Commission and serves as both a key member of the department’s senior management team and as department liaison to other entities. Deadline: June 30, 2015. For more information, click here.

Orange County, NY: Criminal Defense Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Orange County
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County seeks a criminal defense staff attorney. Requirements: NY bar admission, 1-7 years’ applicable experience, preferably representing low-income defendants in NY city, town, and village courts. Salary: $56,000-$76,000, excellent benefits. To apply, send letter and resume to Gary Abramson, Chief Attorney, at gabramson@lasocny.org.

Baltimore, MD: Life History Investigator and Records Specialist, ARC
Advancing Real Change, Inc. (ARC, INC.) is a not-for-profit human rights organization based in Baltimore, Maryland dedicated to providing systematic and comprehensive life history investigations for those facing the death penalty and juveniles facing life sentences in order to obtain better case outcomes. ARC, INC is looking for a Life History Investigator and a Records Specialist. Applications should be submitted in writing or electronically to Elizabeth Vartkessian, 310 S. East Ave. Baltimore, MD 21224, liz.vartkessian@gmail.com. Applications should include a current CV, one writing sample no more than 5 pages, contact details for three references, and a cover letter that addresses the listed qualifications criteria. The position will remain open until filled. ARC, INC is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, click here for the Life History Investigator position (PDF) and click here for the Records Specialist position (PDF).

Syracuse, NY: Family Court Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society seeks an attorney to represent adults in Family Court matters, including Abuse/Neglect, Custody/Visitation, and Support Violation cases. High volume caseload. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and to serving the indigent required. Admission to the New York Bar required. Salary: D.O.E. Excellent benefits. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume, including three references, to: mail@hiscocklegalaid.org or President & CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 S. Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. E.O.E. Persons of color, women, LGBT & bilingual persons are 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