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.

White Plains, NY: Senior Criminal/Immigration Specialist Attorney, Westchester Legal Aid Society
The Westchester County Legal Aid Society provides representation to indigent clients charged with felonies within Westchester County. This position is located in White Plains, New York. This position will advise and train criminal defense attorneys in 9 Hudson Valley Counties on the immigration consequences of criminal cases. The position does not encompass direct client representation. The Westchester County Legal Aid Society has been awarded a grant from the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services to set up a Regional Immigration Assistance Center (the “Regional Center”) tasked with advising and training criminal defense attorneys, criminal appellate attorneys and family court practitioners within 9 Hudson Valley Counties on the immigration consequences of criminal charges and convictions as required by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky. The primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following: providing immigration advice and support on individual cases to indigent defense providers; developing and lecturing at training programs for indigent defense providers and private court-appointed attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal cases; and drafting written training materials and practice advisories on relevant immigration law. The Regional Center will be staffed by 2 attorneys. It will be the responsibility of the Senior Attorney to manage, train and supervise the other member of the team. Job Requirements: Graduation from an accredited law school with a license to practice law in the State of New York. At least three (3) years' experience practicing criminal and immigration law required. Must have a deep understanding of criminal law and how criminal charges can or may affect an immigrant’s status. This position requires up-to-date knowledge of the policies, practices and procedures of the immigration courts and the collateral consequences of criminal pleadings upon that status. Must be able to work independently and collaboratively, and must be comfortable working with culturally diverse, indigent clients. Foreign language proficiency is not required but would be beneficial. Standard office environment. Must be willing to travel throughout the 9 Counties supported by the Regional Center. To apply, please email a resume to Jorge Varela, Chief Operating Officer, The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County at jvarela@laswest.org.

White Plains, NY: Staff Criminal/Immigration Specialist Attorney, Westchester Legal Aid Society
The Westchester County Legal Aid Society provides representation to indigent clients charged with felonies within Westchester County. This position is located in White Plains, New York. This position will advise and train criminal defense attorneys in 9 Hudson Valley Counties on the immigration consequences of criminal cases. The position does not encompass direct client representation and will report directly to the Senior Criminal/Immigration Specialist Attorney. The Westchester County Legal Aid Society has been awarded a grant from the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services to set up a Regional Immigration Assistance Center (the “Regional Center”) tasked with advising and training criminal defense attorneys, criminal appellate attorneys and family court practitioners within 9 Hudson Valley Counties on the immigration consequences of criminal charges and convictions as required by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Padilla v. Kentucky. The primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following: providing immigration advice and support on individual cases to indigent defense providers; developing and lecturing at training programs for indigent defense providers and private court-appointed attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal cases; and drafting written training materials and practice advisories on relevant immigration law. The Regional Center will be staffed by 2 attorneys. Job Requirements: Graduation from an accredited law school with a license to practice law in the State of New York. Must have a deep understanding of criminal law and how criminal charges can or may affect an immigrant’s status. This position requires up-to-date knowledge of the policies, practices and procedures of the immigration courts and the collateral consequences of criminal pleadings upon that status. Must be able to work independently and collaboratively, and must be comfortable working with culturally diverse, indigent clients. Foreign language proficiency is not required but would be beneficial. Standard office environment. Must be willing to travel throughout the 9 Counties supported by the Regional Center. To apply, please email a resume to Jorge Varela, Chief Operating Officer, The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County at jvarela@laswest.org.

New York, NY: Criminal Defense Attorney, The Peter Cicchino Youth Project, Urban Justice Center
The Peter Cicchino Youth Project (PCYP) of the Urban Justice Center seeks to expand our legal services by hiring a full-time Criminal Defense Attorney. The Criminal Defense Attorney is a new position that expands the PCYP team and addresses one of the greatest challenges facing our clients: the over-policing of homelessness and criminalization of poverty—particularly when experienced by people of color and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) people. PCYP has been providing civil legal services and criminal referrals to young people under 25 for over 20 years. This new position will provide our clients, who find themselves swept up in criminal legal systems, with an advocate that understands the connections between racism, poverty and anti-queer and trans violence. The Criminal Defense Attorney will ideally have 2-4 years of experience in a high volume public defense practice so they will have the knowledge to help grow this area of work for PCYP. This is an opportunity to join a small staff that includes an interpreter/case manager and three civil attorneys. The project operates by consensus- meaning your vision and the needs of our clients will shape the future of this position, creating more holistic legal services for our clients.

The position will begin in January 2015 (start date may be flexible). Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230. As a project, we are committed to capping caseloads to ensure that high-needs clients receive comprehensive legal services and to support our staff in maintaining a work-life balance. Application Instructions: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter detailing public interest legal experience, a resume, and a brief legal writing sample via email to Project Director Lee Strock at lstrock@urbanjustice.org with the subject line “Criminal Defense Attorney”. If you have trial transcripts available, please include, but not required. Only applicants whom we wish to interview will be contacted. PCYP is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color, transgender, lesbian, bisexual and queer people, persons with disabilities, persons who have lived in poverty, and people fluent in more than one language are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.

Syracuse, NY: Parole Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society

Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, seeks an attorney to represent indigent persons in Parole revocation cases. High volume caseload; extensive jail visits. Demonstrated commitment to serving the indigent and ability to work with incarcerated persons required. Admission to New York Bar required. Salary: 41,000+ DOE. Generous benefits. Applicant should send cover letter and resume, including three references to President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, New York 13202 or mail@hiscocklegalaid.org. E.O.E. Persons of Color & Bilingual persons encouraged to apply.

Staten Island, NY: Family Law Director, Staten Island Legal Services
Staten Island Legal Services (across the street from the ferry) seeks an attorney to direct its Family Law/Domestic Violence Project. Our practice includes the full range of family law cases – divorce, custody/visitation, orders of protection and child support. Our project includes a social worker so that we can provide comprehensive services and address economic and social issues as well. Many of our clients are immigrants and we work closely with our Immigration Project so that clients can secure legal immigration status. The Director will supervise the unit and also have an active practice. The unit conducts outreach and works in partnership with community groups to ensure that we are best serving the community. This is a great opportunity to do some very substantive family law work in an exciting and underserved community. Interested individuals should e-mail a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to silshiring@silsnyc.org. Please write “Director-Family/DV Project” in subject line. Staten Island Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer: People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are welcome and encouraged to apply. For more information, click here.

Goshen, NY: Staff Attorney (Criminal Defense), The Legal Aid Society of Orange County
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Inc. has 2 staff attorney positions, criminal defense: (1) 1-5 of years of post bar admission experience as a criminal defense lawyer required. Salary: $57-74,000; (2) minimum 1 year of law school internship in criminal defense, NY bar admission required, 1-3 years of post bar admission defense experience preferred. Salary $54-64,000. Submit cover letter and resume to chief attorney, gabramson@lasocny.org.

New York, NY: Staff Attorney & Supervising Attorney, Regional Immigration Assistance Center, Immigrant Defense Project
The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is hiring a Supervising Attorney to manage IDP’s work as a Regional Immigration Assistance Center for New York City and a Staff Attorney to work with other staff to carry out this work. IDP is looking to fill these positions as soon as possible and will be screening applications and interviewing on a rolling basis. The Immigrant Defense Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, persons with diverse gender and sexual identities, immigrants, and formerly incarcerated persons. For more information about these positions, click here.

Broome County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Broome County Public Defender’s Office

The Broome County Public Defender’s Office seeks an Assistant Public Defender. Required: admitted in New York; experienced in criminal defense; willing to work as an assistant public defender; and ability to handle criminal trial work, administrative proceedings, parole and appellate proceedings. Salary $52,000+. Applications accepted until position filled. Send resume to: Jay L. Wilber, Broome County Public Defender, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, NY 13902.

Syracuse, NY: Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, seeks an attorney to represent low-income persons in civil matters including family, housing and unemployment, and in mandated Family Court matters, including family offense, abuse/neglect, and custody/visitation. High volume caseloads. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and to serving low-income persons required. Admission to New York Bar required. Salary: $41,000+ D.O.E.; generous benefits. Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references to: mail@hiscocklegalaid.org and/or President & CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 S. Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. E.O.E. Persons of color & bilingual persons encouraged to apply.

Syracuse, NY: Attorney, Domestic Violence Project, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York is seeking an attorney for its Domestic Violence Project. Duties and primary responsibilities include providing full service legal representation to victims of domestic violence in a broad range of civil legal matters including orders of protection, divorce, custody, visitation, support and immigration with a focus on communities of color; participating in outreach and education also required. Admission to NY Bar required. Salary: $41,000. Excellent benefits. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to serving and employing a diverse population. Persons of color and bilingual persons are encouraged to apply. Cover letter & resume including 3 professional references should be sent to: mail@hiscocklegalaid.org or President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Syracuse, NY: Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York is seeking an attorney for the Foreclosure Prevention Project to provide representation in foreclosure proceedings. Primary responsibilities include full service representation of clients in foreclosure proceedings and in collateral matters including bankruptcy and support proceedings. Admission to NYS Bar required. Salary: $41,000 + DOE. Excellent benefits. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer, committed to serving and employing a diverse population. Persons of color and bilingual persons are encouraged to apply. Cover letter & resume including 3 professional references should be sent to: President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202; or mail@hiscocklegalaid.org.

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