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.

Erie County: Administrator of the Erie County Assigned Counsel Program
Well-respected organization providing legal representation to indigent clients in criminal and family courts. Responsibilities include program development, oversight & management of 350 attorney panel; grant management & budgeting; supervision of staff of 20. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in the following areas: budgets and financial reporting; grant writing and management; staff management; governmental relations; computer proficiency in Excel, Access & Word. Job requires demonstrated strong work ethic, attention to detail, the ability to work in a team environment, and superior people skills. Admitted to practice a minimum of 10 years. $100K+, commensurate with experience, excellent benefits. E-mail resume, cover letter demonstrating commitment to serving persons of limited means, and references by October 23, 2014 to mwilson@assigned.org. Projected start mid- to end of January 2015. No phone calls please. The Assigned Counsel Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer

New York City: Director of DNA Unit, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice established a citywide DNA initiative in 2010 that consists of a Director, seven staff attorneys, and a paralegal to provide case support, training and policy advocacy with respect to DNA. The Director will provide leadership for the Society’s in-house experts in DNA matters and leadership for the Criminal Practice’s overall provision of legal representation in DNA matters. For more information, click here. Deadline: October 1, 2014. The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

New York City: Supervising Attorneys, Criminal Practice, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice has immediate openings for Supervising Attorneys in its, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens offices. The Supervising Attorneys have front-line responsibility for the representation of clients in Criminal and Supreme Court. They directly supervise staff attorneys, and investigators and paralegals in the Complexes and offer tactical and legal advice on cases, observe hearings and trials, train new lawyers and law students, second-chair hearings and trials of junior attorneys, and periodically evaluate the work of staff. Supervising attorneys generally carry a small caseload and to facilitate training frequently invite junior or mid-level attorneys to second-chair their own trials. For more information, click here. Deadline: October 17, 2014. The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

New York City: Supervising Attorneys, Criminal Practice, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice has immediate openings for Supervising Attorneys in its, Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens offices. The Supervising Attorneys have front-line responsibility for the representation of clients in Criminal and Supreme Court. They directly supervise staff attorneys, and investigators and paralegals in the Complexes and offer tactical and legal advice on cases, observe hearings and trials, train new lawyers and law students, second-chair hearings and trials of junior attorneys, and periodically evaluate the work of staff. Supervising attorneys generally carry a small caseload and to facilitate training frequently invite junior or mid-level attorneys to second-chair their own trials. For more information, click here. Deadline: October 17, 2014. The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

New York City: Arraignment Supervising Attorney, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice is seeking an Arraignment Supervising Attorney who will have front-line responsibility for the office’s provision of client services in Criminal Court arraignment parts. The position requires working four week days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and one weekend day or night at Criminal Court in Kings County. For more information, click here. Deadline: October 15, 2014. The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

New York City: Attorney-in-Charge, Criminal Practice, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society has an immediate opening for an Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice. The Society’s Criminal Practice is the primary provider of indigent defense services in New York City and the largest public defender in the country, with a staff including approximately 800 attorneys and approximately 380 social workers, investigators, paralegals, and support and administrative staff.

The Attorney-in-Charge will manage the operations of the Society’s trial, appellate, and post-conviction practices. Responsibilities include: working with the Attorney-in-Chief and the Civil and Juvenile Rights Practices’ Attorneys-in-Charge to expand and enhance the comprehensive model of representation; handling day-to-day leadership and management responsibility for the Criminal Practice; developing and implementing innovations in the provision of client services; budgeting and planning for complex city-wide program operations; and working with the Attorney-in-Chief on policy advocacy to enhance indigent defense and the Society’s role as the primary provider in New York City.

For more information, click here. Deadline: September 26, 2014. The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


New York, NY: Senior Trial Attorney- Family Defense Team, Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem
The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) is seeking a senior trial attorney for its Family Defense Team. The Family Defense Team at NDS represents parents in child welfare and related family court cases, including custody, visitation and termination of parental rights proceedings. Through our holistic approach to representation, the Family Defense Team provides parents with the help they need—both inside and outside of court—to keep their families safe and stable. Parents are represented not only by a high-quality attorney, but also social workers, team administrators, and parent advocates. NDS is committed to advancing due process rights for parents by fighting unwarranted state intervention in their lives and advocating for related systemic change. For more information, click here. Deadline: September 30, 2014. Neighborhood Defender Service, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


New York City: Various Positions, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society is seeking applications for several attorney, investigator, social worker, and paralegal positions. For a list of available positions, click here. The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Syracuse, NY: Various Positions, Justice Strategies, Center for Community Alternatives
The Center for Community Alternatives, Justice Strategies is currently seeking applications for several positions: Case Manager; Student Advocate; and Sentencing Advocate. The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights. Justice Strategies is the research, training, public advocacy, and policy division of the Center for Community Alternatives. For more information, click here. CCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.


New York, NY: Staff Attorney, New York Civil Liberties Union
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with 48,000 members statewide and eight offices. The NYCLU seeks a staff attorney to conduct litigation and related advocacy. The staff attorney will work on the full range of NYCLU issues, including criminal justice, free expression, equal protection, police misconduct, student rights, and privacy. For more information, click here.


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