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.

Albany, NY: Hurrell-Harring Implementation Attorneys, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
The NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services is seeking applications for four Assistant Counsel, Hurrell-Harring Implementation Attorneys: First Appearance Counsel, Quality Enhancement Counsel, Caseload Standards Counsel, and Eligibility Standards Counsel. Deadline: May 29, 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.

Syracuse, NY: Research and Writing Attorney, Federal Defender NDNY
The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of New York is seeking applicants for the position of Research and Writing Attorney for its Syracuse, NY office. The successful candidate must be an attorney with knowledge of defense or prosecution services and must be an attorney in good standing admitted to the bar of a federal court and the State bar where she resides. Salary Range and Benefits: $48,000-$116,000 based on qualification and experience. The employee is entitled to federal benefits. Deadline: Friday, June 5th, 2015. Resume, cover letter and writing sample may be mailed to: Matthew Landy, Administrative Officer, Office of the Federal Public Defender, 39 N. Pearl St., 5th. Fl., Albany, NY 12207, or send PDF to Matt_Landy@fd.org. For more information, click here.

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