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.

Bronx, NY: Staff Attorney, Family and Immigration Unit, Legal Services NYC
Legal Services NYC-Bronx is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the borough, and the largest Legal Services office in New York City. The staff attorney would specialize in advising and representing survivors of intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking in their family law and immigration matters. The staff attorney would provide advice and representation in divorce, child/spousal support, custody/visitation, family offense proceedings in Family and Supreme Court, as well as assist clients with applications for U and T nonimmigrant status, VAWA self-petitions, and Battered Spouse Waivers. In addition, the staff attorney would conduct civil legal screening for clients who walk-in to the Bronx Family Justice Center, and would regularly meet with clients for scheduled in-depth intake appointments. The staff attorney would work closely with Legal Services NYC – Bronx staff and the case managers, attorneys, counselors, and staff at the Bronx Family Justice Center to make referrals, communicate about client needs, and create monthly reports. For more information, click here. LSNYC-Bronx is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, and transgender people are all welcome and encouraged to apply.

New York City: Supervising Attorney, Staff Attorneys & Paralegals, Anti-Gun Violence Unit, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society is seeking applications for several positions in its Anti-Gun and Violence Unit (AGVU): a supervising attorney, staff attorneys, and paralegals. The Society’s AGVU provides legal services/case consults in a specific catchment area in each of the five boroughs providing anti-violence services through the CeaseFire model (now called "CureViolence"). This is a public health model originated in Chicago that responds to gun violence with services in the community - mediation, social services, violence interrupters, etc. The model works on the theory that if conflicts can be worked out by people in the community, further violence can be avoided. For more information on the available positions, click here. Deadline: October 31, 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 31, 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, Immigration Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice is seeking a Supervising Attorney to join a dedicated team of managers, staff attorneys, paralegals and a social worker in the City wide Immigration Law Unit. The Unit is a recognized leader in the delivery of high quality legal services to immigrants in New York City and surrounding counties. The Unit provides low-income New Yorkers with free comprehensive immigration services ranging from deportation defense to adjustment of status to Legal Permanent Residence and citizenship applications. The Unit specializes in the intersection between immigration and criminal law and works collaboratively with all practice areas to serve the Society’s diverse immigrant clients through a comprehensive service model. For more information, click here. Deadline: October 24, 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.

Lansing, MI: Administrator, Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System
The Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System (MAACS) seeks an Administrator to work in Lansing, Michigan. The MAACS Administrator is a licensed attorney with at least 5 years of experience handling criminal appeals or public defense assignments. MAACS roster experience and license in Michigan or comparable experience in other states preferred. Administrative and management experience, and advanced technological skills, are essential. The MAACS Administrator manages operations of the statewide appellate assigned counsel system, and supervises a small staff, located in Lansing. Approximately 150 private attorneys participate as assigned appellate counsel, paid by counties. The Administrator reports directly to the Director of the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO), who manages both MAACS and SADO. The consolidated MAACS/SADO agency is state-funded, and overseen by the Appellate Defender Commission, pursuant to MCL 780.711 et seq. For more information, click here. Deadline: October 27, 2014. EOE.

New York City: Various Positions, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society is seeking applications for attorney 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.

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

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