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.

St. Lawrence County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office
The St. Lawrence County Public Defender is in search of an attorney licensed to practice law in New York to serve as an Assistant Public Defender for Family Court and Criminal Court representation. Duties would include frequent trials and hearings, motion practice, legal research, and regular contact with indigent clients. In addition to actual representation, employees in this class assist the PD in the investigation, preparation, conduct, and appeal in various court and legal proceedings involving indigent defendants. Candidates with an interest in the representation of indigent clients are encouraged to apply. Salary Range: $54,486-$71,149 with excellent fringe benefits including: medical, dental, life, vision insurances and NYS retirement. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. Applications by email should be directed to sbutton@stlawco.org. Further information can be obtained from the county’s website, www.slcpersonnel.org or by contacting the Public Defender’s Office at (315) 379-2115. Deadline May 1, 2014.

Dutchess County, NY: Alternatives to Incarceration Worker, Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office
The Dutchess County Public Defender's office is hiring an alternative to incarceration worker. This is a professional social service resource position that works as part of a defense team toward the goal of obtaining a disposition that is in the best interests of clients. Minimum qualifications: current licensure as a certified social worker by the NYS Department of Education and two years of full-time work experience in the development, implementation and/or supervision of programs or services significantly involved with providing counseling, casework, or legal advocacy services in a probation, parole, social services, psychiatric or medical social work agency or child welfare agency. Applicants must take a civil service examination on June 7, 2014; the deadline to apply for the examination is April 18, 2014. Dutchess County is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. For more information, click here.

Canyon County, Idaho: Chief Public Defender
The Canyon County Board of Commissioners is in the process of creating an “in-house” Department of the Public Defender, which shall serve as the Canyon County Office of Public Defender as contemplated by Idaho law. The Department will be responsible for providing legal services to indigent persons in criminal and civil matters in which the state or federal Constitutions, state statute or case law require the appointment of counsel for any person who cannot afford to retain counsel. The Department will provide representation in criminal, delinquency, child protection, mental health, civil commitment, and contempt cases, as well as post-sentencing motions and post-conviction cases related to those matters. The Board seeks applications for the position of Chief Public Defender.

Qualifications and Requirements: Candidates must possess strong leadership skills and qualities, embrace the principles of zealous advocacy and community oriented defense in the representation of indigent clients for whom there is a right to court-appointed counsel, and have the ability to promote the provision of excellent representation by staff members. Candidates must have strong analytical, interpersonal, communication, negotiation, and decision-making skills. Candidates must have the ability to develop, support, and mentor staff. They must have the ability to work with courts and other personnel in the criminal justice system. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to the representation of indigent persons accused of crime, and demonstrated experience as an attorney (including both experience representing indigent criminal clients and significant jury trial experience in both complex felony and capital cases). Candidates must also have additional demonstrated management experience to include supervision of legal and support staff, as well as experience in administration and policy-making. Candidates must possess in-depth knowledge of criminal law and procedure, strong criminal defense litigation skills, and must be licensed to practice law in the State of Idaho or be eligible for admission in Idaho prior to taking the position. Pursuant to I.C. §19-860, the Board has decided that the Chief Public Defender may not engage in the practice of civil and criminal law other than to discharge the duties of this office. Salary: $96,000 +, DOE.

For more information, click here. Canyon County is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks to diversify its workforce. Deadline: May 2, 2014.

Las Vegas, NV: Assistant Federal Public Defender, Capital Habeas Unit, District of Nevada Federal Public Defender
The Federal Public Defender is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit. The unit represents death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus litigation proceedings throughout Nevada. This is a full time position located in Las Vegas. Applicants must possess demonstrated commitment to poverty law or indigent criminal defense, strong writing, oral advocacy ability and litigation experience in at least one of the following areas: criminal law especially in death penalty litigation, habeas corpus litigation, complex federal court civil litigation. Capital habeas experience preferred. The position requires occasional travel. Applicants must be team oriented, have at least three years of relevant experience and be immediately able to undertake representation of capital habeas petitioners currently litigating in every stage of the habeas proceedings. Applicant must be a member in good standing of a state bar. Federal salary and benefits are based upon qualifications and experience, consistent with federal guidelines and regulations. Hiring is based upon the availability of funding. Deadline: May 9, 2014. For more information, click here.

New York, NY: Supervising Attorneys, 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. All applicants for staff attorney positions must apply electronically. Your application must contain the following: a resume, cover letter, writing sample, transcript, references, an Applicant Questionnaire and an Applicant Information Form submitted electronically in a single PDF document by April 25, 2014 to: jobs-crm@legal-aid.org and include the Job Reference Code: CDP-2013-062 in all correspondence and in the subject line of your email. EOE. If you have questions please contact Tina Luongo, Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice at jmluongo@legal-aid.org. For more information, click here.

Genesee County Public Defender

Genesee County is seeking applications for the position of Public Defender. The work involves responsibility for directing the investigation, preparation and counsel of defendants at every stage of the proceedings following arrest including all proceedings necessary to protect the rights of the accused. Salary: $82,500-$95,500. Please send resume to: Genesee County Legislature, 7 Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020, email: legis@co.genesee.ny.us or call (585) 344-2550, ext. 2202. Deadline: April 18, 2014. For more information, click here.

Plattsburgh, NY: Part-Time Federal Magistrate Judge
The Federal District Court for the Northern District of New York is accepting applications for the position of a Part-Time Magistrate Judge at Plattsburgh. The position will become available upon the retirement of the Hon. Larry A. Kudrle on November 1, 2014. The Application Package is available on the Court's Website. Applications close on April 30, 2014.

Orange County: Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Orange County
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Inc. seeks a staff attorney, criminal defense. NY bar admission and one year of criminal defense experience required; post-admission criminal defense experience is much preferred, but admitted applicants who served as law school interns for two semesters at a public defense agency will be considered. Salary: $55,000 - 60,000, excellent benefits and work atmosphere. Submit resume to Gary Abramson, chief attorney, at gabramson@lasocny.org.

Syracuse, NY: Appellate Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York seeks attorney with commitment to indigent defense for its Appeals Program. The Society is the appellate defender for Onondaga County, providing representation in criminal and family court appeals to the Fourth Department and Court of Appeals. Excellent analytical, research, writing & oral advocacy skills required. Admission to New York State Bar and appellate experience preferred; recent law graduates with strong writing backgrounds may be considered. Salary: DOE; excellent benefits. Applicants should send cover letter, law school transcript and resume, including three references to President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, New York 13202, or email to srhorn@wnylc.com. EOE. Persons of color, women, LGBT & bilingual persons encouraged to apply.

Brooklyn, NY: Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services
Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense Practice (BFDP) seeks a staff attorney to begin immediately. BFDP represents low-income parents in child welfare and related family court cases in Brooklyn Family Court. Through holistic representation in an interdisciplinary setting, BFDP helps families obtain the benefits and services they need to keep their families safe and stable. BFDP also advocates for parents' due process rights by fighting unwarranted state intervention in their lives. The office also advocates for systemic change in the family court and child welfare systems. BFDP has a high volume and litigation-focused practice. Attorneys spend most of their days in court and frequently conduct hearings and trials, often on an emergency basis. Staff attorneys are expected to provide high-quality and vigorous representation at all court appearances and throughout the course of a case. Staff attorneys work closely with staff social workers and parent advocates to provide inter-disciplinary representation that includes assistance on related legal matters, such as housing, immigration, public benefits and domestic violence. Candidates are expected to be admitted to the NYS Bar or awaiting admission and have excellent litigation and written and oral communication skills. Bi-lingual attorneys are encouraged to apply; in particular BFDP seeks Spanish speaking attorneys. For more information, click here.

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.

Albany, NY: NYSDA Public Defense Backup Center Family Court Staff Attorney
The New York State Defenders Association is seeking an experienced Family Court Staff Attorney for its Public Defense Backup Center. The staff attorney will provide consultation and legal research support to lawyers statewide who are representing adults in Family Court proceedings and appeals in areas such as abuse and neglect, family offenses, child custody, child support, and orders of protection. The staff attorney will also be expected to conduct training seminars, prepare updates and guides, analyze legislation and regulatory materials, and provide technical assistance to adult family court providers around the state. Applicants must be admitted to practice in New York; have five years’ experience in adult family court representation; and have a demonstrated commitment to public defense and NYSDA’s mission. The staff attorney must also possess excellent research, writing, and communication skills; strong organizational skills; and the ability to work independently and as a team player. Spanish speaking a plus. Some travel required. Salary: DOE. NYSDA offers a generous benefit package. Please send a cover letter, résumé, three references, and writing sample to: Charles F. O’Brien, Managing Attorney, New York State Defenders Association 194 Washington Ave, Suite 500, Albany, NY 12210, or cobrien@nysda.org (subject line: Family Court Backup Center Attorney). NYSDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer – The Association's hiring policy is designed to overcome the effects of institutional racism and, without discrimination against any employee or applicant because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual preference, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or condition of current or previous servitude or incarceration, to affirmatively seek out and employ qualified minority candidates. For more information about NYSDA, 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