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.

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.

New York, NY: Attorneys, Criminal Appeals Bureau, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice of The Legal Aid Society has openings for four or more staff attorneys. The positions will begin in the Criminal Appeals Bureau where the attorneys will undertake appellate and other post-conviction work for a period of approximately 18 months; thereafter, attorneys will move to one of the trial offices of the Criminal Practice and will undertake trial level representation. The ideal candidate must have: experience in preparing criminal appellate briefs and/or post-conviction litigation; excellent writing and oral advocacy skills; excellent organizational skills; ability to litigate cases in both appellate and trial-level courts; knowledge of the law of evidence, criminal and constitutional law, statutory interpretation, and ethical principles contained in the Rules of Professional Conduct; demonstrated interest in serving low-income communities; ability to work collegially with all members of the staff; commitment to indigent defense; and admission to practice in the New York State Courts. 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. For more information, click here. Deadline: March 26, 2015.

Cattaraugus County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders, Cattaraugus Co Public Defender’s Office
The Public Defender’s Office of Cattaraugus County currently has two Assistant Public Defender positions available. Candidates must be admitted to and be in good standing in the NY State Bar, with commitment to undertake cases before Cattaraugus County Family Court. Some criminal night court work may also be required. Also required is a valid driver’s license and vehicle. Strong research and writing skills and a commitment to the representation of individuals who are financially unable to retain counsel required. Ability to work collaboratively with other lawyers and staff necessary. Salary up to $52,000. Government benefits. EOE. Send cover letter expressing interest with application and/or resume to: Mark S. Williams, Esq., Cattaraugus County Public Defender, 175 North Union Street, Blue Bird Square, Olean, NY 14760; tel (716) 373-0004; fax (716) 373-3462 or email at pubdef@cattco.org. Located in the picturesque Enchanted Mountains of Southwestern New York, one hour from Buffalo. Application for employment can be found at http://www.cattco.org.

Monroe County, NY: Law & Criminal Justice Faculty Member, Monroe County Community College
Monroe County Community College (MCC) seeks a full-time, tenure-track Law & Criminal Justice faculty member. The successful candidate will bring a passion for teaching and a desire to support and mentor MCC students as they pursue educational and career goals. Tenure-track faculty teach classes, develop new educational materials, assist with curriculum review and assessment, perform professional duties and participate in departmental and institutional functions, including department meetings and committee work. This tenure-track faculty position reports to the Chairperson of the Law and Criminal Justice Department. Academic departments are led by a peer who serves as a department chair for a three-year term. All tenure-track faculty are in the pool from which the chair is appointed. Faculty are responsible for preparing and teaching courses in the Law and Criminal Justice Department primarily at the Damon City Campus and may be assigned at the Brighton Campus (or other, as appropriate). The successful candidate will bring expertise in criminal law and the criminal justice system to MCC. To be fully considered, supply all requested documents by March 2, 2015. For more information, click here.

Albany, NY: Assistant Counsel, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
The Assistant Counsel will oversee the implementation of the Hurrell-Harring v. New York settlement agreement (“HH settlement agreement”) undertaken by the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Office”). The incumbent of this position will serve as Chief HH Implementation Attorney and will report to the Director of the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Director”) and agency Counsel (“Counsel”). The incumbent will oversee the operation of the Office’s HH implementation unit, and work closely with the Office’s Director of Research and Directors of Quality Enhancement for Criminal Defense Trials, Parent Representation in Family Court, and Appellate Representation, to satisfy the planning, investigatory and reporting provisions of the settlement agreement undertaken by the Office, in order to improve the quality of mandated representation under article 18-B of the County Law. All case-related information and knowledge obtained in the performance of these duties is highly confidential and may be subject to the attorney-client privilege. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years criminal defense experience; OR at least 5 years of experience including supervisory experience. For more information, click here. Deadline: March 20, 2015.

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.

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.

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