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.

Genesee County, NY: Assistant Public Defender
Genesee County Public Defender's Office is seeking an Assistant Public Defender for the Criminal Division. This is a full time position with benefits and available immediately. Send resume by July 11, 2014 to: Jerry M. Ader, Esq., Genesee County Interim Public Defender, 1 West Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. Fax: (585) 344-8553; Phone: (585) 344-2550 x2280

New York, NY: NDS Family Defense Team Supervising Attorney
The Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS) is seeking applications for the position of Supervising Attorney with the Family Defense Team. Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Lauren Winston-McPherson at civilsupervisor@ndsny.org with the subject line, “NDS Family Defense Supervisor.” Please send your application as a one document attachment, preferably PDF. For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.ndsny.org. Neighborhood Defender Service, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Click here for additional information.

Allegany County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Allegany County Public Defender’s Office
The Allegany County Public Defender’s Office, located in rural Western New York, seeks to fill the position of 3rd assistant public defender. The position is made possible under the Caseload Reduction Grant, and is subject to continued state funding. Admission to the NYS Bar is required. Attorney will have a large caseload of misdemeanors, felonies and Family Court cases. Travel to Justice Courts and some evening work is required. Salary is $70,000 plus benefits including NYS Retirement. Interested candidates should submit a resume, letter of interest, and three references to Barbara J. Kelley, Allegany County Public Defender, 7 Court Street, Belmont, NY 14813.

Syracuse, NY: Reentry Clinic Program Coordinator, Center for Community Alternatives
The Center for Community Alternatives seeks a Reentry Clinic Program Coordinator. Responsibilities: Overseeing reentry clinic, supervising reintegration specialists and interns, and providing direct client representation. Assist clients who have been involved in the criminal justice system overcome barriers to reentry by reviewing criminal records, correcting mistakes on records, counseling clients on their criminal histories and employment rights, advocating to licensing agencies, and assisting clients in obtaining Certificates of Rehabilitation. Qualifications: NYS bar admitted attorney. Experience with criminal justice system and excellent analytic, writing and communication skills. Attention to detail and perseverance with bureaucracies required. To apply, please send cover letter indicating position applying for, salary history and resume to: Center for Community Alternatives, 115 E. Jefferson Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, fax: (315) 471-4924, email: jobs@communityalternatives.org; communityalternatives.org. CCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, click here.

Broome County, NY: Assistant Public Defender
Assistant Public Defender sought for Broome County Public Defender Office. 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 51,000+. Send resume to: Jay L. Wilber, Broome County Public Defender, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, NY 13901

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