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This is a current listing of jobs in public defense as well as internships. Employers interested in placing a job advertisement 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.



Monroe County, NY: Assistant Conflict Defender II (Family Court), Monroe County Conflict Defender's Office
The Monroe County Conflict Defender's Office seeks an Assistant Conflict Defender II (Family Court). Responsibilities involve legal representation of indigent persons entitled to public defense who cannot be represented by the Public Defender’s Office due to a conflict of interest. The employee reports directly to, and works under the general supervision of, the Conflict Defender. Does related work as required. Characteristics of the ideal candidate:

  • The Assistant Conflict Defender shall be an attorney duly licensed to practice law in the State of New York and admitted to practice in all courts within the scope of the plan.
  • The Assistant Conflict Defender must have at least three (3) years of experience in litigating family law cases.
  • The Assistant Conflict Defender must have an ability to work with the judges, lawyers, court administrators,other persons within the court system, and court officials.
For the full job announcement, click here. Monroe County government prohibits discrimination in employment, program activities, procurement and contracting against any person due to such person’s age, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, race, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin. An Equal Opportunity Employer. Apply online or send a civil service application, resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: Mark D. Funk, Conflict Defender, Monroe County Conflict Defender's Office, 80 West Main Street, Suite 300, Rochester, NY 14614. Deadline: January 27, 2017.


Schuyler County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Schuyler County Public Defender's Office
Schuyler County is currently seeking to fill the position of Assistant Public Defender. The position is 35 hrs per week, with a $50,000-70,000 salary (based upon experience) and comprehensive benefit package. Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in NYS and have at least three years’ experience with criminal and family courts. Some appellate experience is preferred but not required. Applicants must be available to participate in on-call rotation for weekend coverage for local criminal court arraignments. Additional compensation will be provided for on-call weekends. Please submit a Schuyler County Civil Service application along with a complete resume and three professional letters of reference to: Schuyler County Civil Service, 105 Ninth St., Unit 21, Watkins Glen, NY 14891. Applications can be obtained from the Civil Service office or located on our website at www.schuylercounty.us. Applications accepted until vacancy is filled.


Broome County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Broome County Public Defender's Office
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 $57,000+. Send resume to: Jay L. Wilber, Broome County Public Defender, P.O. Box 1766, Binghamton, NY 13902.


Cortland County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Cortland County Public Defender's Office
The Cortland County Public Defender's Office is accepting applications for an Assistant Public Defender. Minimum qualifications: Possession of a license to practice law in New York State. Salary: $64,871-78,925 (salary above base may be available to current County employees only). The position is open until filled. EOE. For more information, click here.


Onondaga County, NY: Two Positions, Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program
The Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program is accepting applications for the following positions to be filled immediately: Deputy Director and Quality Enhancement Attorney. The ACP Board is seeking applicants with a demonstrated commitment to high quality indigent criminal and/or Family Court defense. The applicant should have experience with cultivating positive client relationships, investigating cases, identifying factual and legal issues, appropriately using experts and investigators, conducting research, writing and arguing motions, making important strategic decisions, engaging in plea negotiations, advising clients about possible pleas and their consequences, conducting all phases of a criminal and/or Family Court trial, and sentencing/disposition advocacy. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume as soon as possible by email to admin@ocbaacp.org. Salary commensurate with experience.

Deputy Director: The Deputy Director is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of New York who works directly with the Executive Director overseeing the Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program, Inc., including reviewing applications from attorneys who wish to join the assigned counsel panel of attorneys; conducting and supervising the annual review and recertification of panel members; distributing lists of panel members to Criminal and Family Courts and notifying courts of changes to list; ensuring compliance with rules by panel attorneys; implementing and overseeing the mentor program involving the pairing of newly admitted attorneys with experienced attorneys specializing in the practice of criminal and/or family law; monitoring assignments to panel attorneys from both the Family and Criminal Courts; providing support to panel members as needed; preparing and planning for continuing legal education courses for the panel attorneys; coordinating with the Onondaga County Bar Association or other appropriate CLE providers to establish appropriate continuing legal education courses for panel attorneys; and overseeing and/or conducting training sessions for panel attorneys. Required Experience: Applicants should have at least 10 years of experience in criminal and/or Family Court practice with a minimum of 6 years of criminal and/or Family Court defense work.

Quality Enhancement Attorney: The Quality Enhancement Attorney is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of New York who works with the Deputy Director and Executive Director, including assisting with the review of applications from attorneys who wish to join the assigned counsel panel of attorneys; assisting with the annual review and recertification of panel members; assisting with the implementation of the mentor program involving the pairing of newly admitted attorneys with experienced attorneys specializing in the practice of criminal and/or family law; monitoring assignments to panel attorneys from both the Family and Criminal Courts; providing support to panel members as needed; serving as initial contact between panel attorneys through phone system or email on questions or concerns raised by panel members; ensuring and monitoring use of non-attorney supports, such as experts, investigators and mitigation services by panel members; assisting attorneys in making a connection with the appropriate expert for their case; assisting with the preparation of continuing legal education courses for the panel attorneys; assisting with and/or conducting intensive, hands-on training sessions for panel attorneys; and preparing criminal and family law updates for panel members. Required Experience: Applicants should have at least 8 years of experience in criminal and/or Family Court practice with a minimum of 5 years of criminal and/or Family Court defense work.


St. Lawrence County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, St. Lawrence County Public Defender's Office
The St. Lawrence County Public Defender's Office is in search of an attorney to serve as an Assistant Public Defender. This position is primarily focused on Family Court practice, including Child Custody and Visitation matters, Article 10 Child Abuse and Neglect proceedings, Termination of Parental Rights/Permanent Neglect matters, Family Offense proceedings, Paternity proceedings and Child Support Violation matters. This position also includes some criminal practice that would largely take place in local justice courts and would include a mix of violation, misdemeanor and felony cases. Duties include hearing and trial practice, pre-trial settlement conferences, motion practice, legal research, and frequent interaction with clients. Candidates with an interest in public interest law are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience is appreciated but not required. Salary starts at $61,462 and benefits including health and dental insurance, New York State Retirement and other benefits as provided by collective bargaining agreement. Assistant Public Defenders are represented by the St. Lawrence County Indigent Defenders Union. The St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office has seven attorneys who provide both Family and Criminal Court representation to qualifying individuals. Our office also includes four support staff, including two typists and two legal secretaries. St. Lawrence County is located in Northern New York on the US/Canadian border. The Public Defender’s Office is located in Canton, New York, the county seat of St. Lawrence County. Canton is also the home to St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton and is in close proximity to Potsdam, NY, the home of Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam. Montreal, Ottawa, Burlington, VT and Lake Placid, NY are all accessible from Canton.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and three references to James T. Farrell, Assistant Public Defender, by email (preferred) JaFarrell@stlawco.org or by fax (315) 386-8241. Deadline: January 2, 2017. We are looking to fill the position by mid January 2017. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis as documents are received.


Syracuse, NY: Parole Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The 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.


Lake George, NY: Assistant Public Defenders (2), Warren County Public Defender's Office
The Warren County Public Defender's Office has openings for two Assistant Public Defenders. The attorneys will represent clients assigned by the Public Defender in criminal and family court proceedings. This involves representation through all stages of the proceeding following arrest and at the initial court appearance. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Defender with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment. The attorneys do work related to the case as required. The cases involve filing proceedings and motions, preparing for hearings, conducting hearings, evaluation of the case and plea bargaining. The attorneys would also conduct legal research, prepare for trials and conduct the trial. Applicants must possess a NY State law license and have at least one year experience as an attorney. Knowledge of criminal law and/or family court law and court proceedings and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing are required. Applicants must be able to work nights and weekends as needed. Salary: (1) $45,000 with full county benefits; (2) $55,443 with full county benefits. To apply, send a resume and writing sample to Public Defender Marcy Flores at floresm@warrencountyny.gov or at Warren County Public Defender’s Office, 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845.


Syracuse, NY: Appeals Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The 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 mail@hiscocklegalaid.org.


Syracuse, NY: Family Court Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, seeks an attorney to represent adults in Family Court matters, including Abuse/Neglect, Custody/Visitation and Support Violation cases. High volume caseload. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and to serving the indigent required. Admission to New York Bar required. Salary: D.O.E. Excellent benefits. E.O.E. Persons of color, women, LGBT, & bilingual persons encouraged to apply. Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references to: mail@hiscocklegalaid.org or President & CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 S. Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.


Syracuse, NY: Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, seeks an attorney to represent low-income persons in civil matters including family, housing and unemployment. 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. E.O.E. Persons of color & bilingual persons encouraged to apply. Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references to: President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 S. Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 or mail@hiscocklegalaid.org.


Syracuse, NY: Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York, is seeking Attorneys 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.


Syracuse, NY: Law Assistant, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, seeks a Law Assistant for its Foreclosure Prevention Project. Duties include direct service to clients under attorney supervision, calendaring cases, producing weekly calendar of court appearances, communication with court and bank personnel, drafting pleadings and other legal documents, document assembly and some research. Qualifications: paralegal certificate preferred or equivalent work experience, proficient in Word and Excel, strong attention to detail, organizational and interpersonal skills necessary. Salary DOE. Excellent benefits. E.O.E. Persons of color and bilingual persons encouraged to apply. Applicants should send cover letter and resume including three references to: Chief Operating Officer, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 or mail@hiscocklegalaid.org.


Goshen, NY: Staff Attorney (Criminal Defense), The Legal Aid Society of Orange County 

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Inc. has 1 staff attorney position, criminal defense: minimum 1 year of law school internship in criminal defense, NY bar admission required, 1-5 years of post bar admission defense experience preferred. Salary $54-72,250. Submit cover letter and resume to chief attorney, gabramson@lasocny.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

 

 

 

 

 

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