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.

Otsego County: Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY) seeks a staff attorney. Job Responsibilities: Provide direct and comprehensive legal services to eligible clients including advice, negotiation, motion practice and litigation. The Staff Attorney will represent clients primarily in family law cases, including custody/visitation, paternity, support violations, family offenses, and abuse/neglect. Domestic violence, seniors issues, and other representation in the areas of foreclosure and matrimonial law may arise. Travel within Otsego County and neighboring counties is required. Qualifications: The successful candidate must be admitted to the New York State Bar. Trial experience is required. A commitment to professional growth, excellent organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, enthusiasm for direct client services, and commitment to social justice required. Other qualifying factors include: the nature and extent of prior legal experience, particularly in the areas of family law; knowledge and understanding of the legal problems and needs of the poor, prior experience in the client community or in other programs to aid the poor, ability to communicate with persons in the client community; and cultural similarity with the client community. Salary and Benefits: Depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits. LASMNY seeks to be a well-balanced multi-cultural organization. People of color, LBGTQ, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information, click here.

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.

Albany or New York, NY: Assistant Legislative Director and Senior Legislative Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union
The New York Civil Liberties Union is assessing the availability of highly qualified individuals for positions in the organization’s Legislative Department: Assistant Legislative Director and Senior Legislative Counsel. The Legislative Department monitors legislative and policy initiatives statewide that implicate constitutional rights and liberties. The staff works on affirmative legislation that advances constitutional freedoms, and opposes laws, rules and policies that would compromise those freedoms. This involves extensive written analysis and commentary; direct lobbying of lawmakers; and coalition building that engages NYCLU members and allied organizations. Application Deadline: We will consider all expressions of interest that are submitted through September 15, 2015 or until the requirement is met. The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. We are committed to having a workforce that reflects the diversity of the population that we serve at all levels within the organization. For more information on both positions, click here.

Cortland County: Assigned Counsel Administrator
Cortland County and the Cortland County Bar Association seek an attorney/administrator for its newly adopted and approved Assigned Counsel program. Both the County and the Bar Association are committed to meeting the mandates for quality assigned counsel representation established under the settlement in Hurrell-Harring and the standards established by the New York State Bar Association Revised Standards for Providing Mandated Representation and the Standards and Criteria for the Provision of Mandated Representation adopted by the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services in 2012. The Administrator position is a part-time position. It is envisioned to entail 17 hours per week with a salary range of $31,484 to $38,304. This a county employee position that is civil service exempt. All county benefits apply. Applicants must be admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York; have at least five years' experience in the practice of both criminal and family law; and be otherwise qualified under the assigned counsel plan to be both Serious Felony and Family Court Act Article X panel eligible, as defined in Article VI (E)(1) and (5) of the plan, or possess commensurate experience. The individual should have experience as an Article 18-B panel participant. Among the duties of the Administrator:

    1. demonstrate a commitment to quality representation of every client and be free from political and other influences that erode the ability to provide quality representation;

    2. establish and adhere to quality control procedures that assure quality representation of clients in accord with the NYS Bar Association’s Revised Standards;

    3. assign counsel to eligible clients from among those eligible for the type and level of assignment;

    4. promptly review and make recommendations to the assigning court with regard to vouchers submitted by assigned counsel;

    5. establish a uniform application process and a uniform application form, and distribute, collect, and, to the extent the demands of timeliness of appointments permits, make initial determinations of assigned counsel eligibility for all applicants;

    6. facilitate or provide training for panel members and facilitate access to investigators and experts by panel members as needed to provide quality representation; and

    7. participate in governmental, community, and other discussions relating to policies that could affect assigned counsel and/or their clients, including making grant applications concerning delivery of legal services to eligible litigants in Cortland County.

The complete newly adopted and OCA approved Cortland County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Plan is available at: http://wnylc.net/pdf/CortlandCountyApprovedAssignedCounselPlan2015.pdf. NOTE: Pursuant to the plan, the Plan Administrator cannot be a judge, county attorney, public defender, or legal aid official. The Plan Administrator will not be eligible to act as assigned counsel under the plan. Applicant must be a county resident within 30 days of appointment. A pre-employment drug screen is required. Cortland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, individuals with a disability, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender persons, and people over 40 are welcome and are encouraged to apply. Applicants should complete the application form available at: http://www.cortland-co.org/personnel/PCSApp%20(fill%20in)Rev2.doc and submit it and a resume to the address provided on the application. Application Deadline: When filled.

Bronx, NY: Managing Director for the Civil Action Practice

The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, community-oriented indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic and visionary Managing Director with proven experience and a commitment to social justice to lead its Civil Action Practice. The Civil Action Practice (CAP) at The Bronx Defenders provides comprehensive legal services to clients and their families by fully integrating civil representation within the criminal and family defense practices. This holistic approach minimizes the severe and often unforeseen fallout from criminal and family proceedings and facilitates the successful reentry of our clients into the community. To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and references electronically via email to jobs@bronxdefenders.org by the end of business on Monday, September 14 and type “Managing Director (Civil Action Practice)” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted electronically. No faxes or phone calls please. Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information, click here.

New York, NY: Executive Director, Center for Community Alternatives
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to support every person’s ability to live a dignified life in the community, regardless of mistakes made in the past. The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for CCA achieving its mission. Following the retirement of CCA's long-time ED and founder, the new ED will lead the organization into its next phase of growth and development. The primary responsibilities include leading and managing the staff; collaborating with the Board of Directors to develop strategies and ensure execution of program planning and evaluation initiatives; creating development and fundraising plans that support and sustain the organization; deploying effective financial management practices; and managing public, community, government relations, and organizational partnerships. More details and a full job description are available here.

CCA is working in partnership with Community Resource Exchange (CRE) www.crenyc.org to fill this position. It is strongly advised that you submit a cover letter indicating why you think you are a fit for the Executive Director position at CCA, outlining your salary expectations, in addition to your resume that details your qualifications and experience by e-mail to ccaed@crenyc.org. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, CCA is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic and experiential backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates who represent the communities we serve 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