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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.



Albany, NY: Assistant Counsel, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services seeks applicants for two Assistant Counsel positions: Statewide Implementation Attorney - Caseload Standards and Statewide Implementation Attorney - NYC. The Assistant Counsel will assist in the Office’s implementation of the reforms specified in Executive Law § 832(4) for the development and implementation of written plans to (1) ensure that criminal defendants eligible for publicly funded legal representation are provided in person representation at his or her arraignment; (2) establish numerical caseload/workload standards for each provider of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford to counsel; and (3) improve the quality of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford counsel. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years of criminal defense experience.

For more information about the Assistant Counsel, Caseload Standards position, click here. For more information about the Assistant Counsel, NYC position, click here. Application deadline: June 9, 2017.


Orange County, NY: Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense, The Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Inc.
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Inc. sees a criminal defense staff attorney. Salary: $55,000-$70,000, excellent benefits and work environment. Requirements: (1) admission to the New York bar or a confirmed date to be sworn in; (2) a minimum of one year of criminal defense experience either as as law school intern or, preferably, as a lawyer at a criminal defense firm or agency. Applicants meeting these requirements will also be considered for projected opening(s) late this year resulting from state mandates regarding arraignments. Submit resume to the chief attorney, Gary Abramson at gabramson@lasocny.org.


New York City: Director of Policy and Advocacy, NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board
The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) seeks a Director of Policy and Advocacy. The CCRB is charged with investigating, mediating and prosecuting complaints from members of the public against New York City police officers involving the use of force, abuse of authority, discourtesy or offensive language. The CCRB maintains a Policy Unit that, in addition to the Director, is comprised of a six-member team of policy, data and legal analysts. This team is dedicated to tracking and analyzing policies and legislation related to policing, gathering data and developing data-driven and qualitative solutions to policy needs and challenges that impact transparency and accountability. This Policy Unit has a dual focus on improving NYPD policies and internal CCRB procedures related to the Agency’s mission. For more information, click here. The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


New York City: Staff Attorney, National Advocates for Pregnant Women
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) seeks a Staff Attorney with substantial impact and complex litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels to assist in legal advocacy and litigation activities for the organization. The focus of the Staff Attorney position will be on advancing reproductive justice.

Working collaboratively with NAPW’s legal and programmatic team, external counsel, experts, and state-based advocates, the Staff Attorney will perform a variety of functions both independently and in a team environment, including providing legal analysis and advice, developing and litigating significant new and existing cases around the country, supporting local counsel, serving as appellate counsel, and using cases, where appropriate, as public education and organizing opportunities.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced attorney and subject matter expert in and/or have a demonstrated commitment to one or more of these areas: reproductive, economic, racial and social justice; women’s rights; human rights; constitutional, criminal and civil child welfare law.

Minimum Required Qualifications include:

  • J.D. Degree and membership in good standing of at least one (1) state bar (in the United States)
  • Minimum of six (6) years of relevant legal experience (experience providing direct client representation highly-desirable)
How to Apply: This is an immediate hire. Deadline to Apply: June 2, 2017.

Required Submissions (must include all items listed below):
1. Cover letter which must include all of the following elements:
a) Your personal & professional motivation for seeking this position.
b) A discussion of how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.
c) Salary Requirement.
d) Indicate where you found this Job Announcement.
2. Resume
3. Complete contact information for three (3) professional references.
4. Two (2) writing samples solely reflecting applicant's own work (Must submit both A and B):
a) One (1) Legal writing sample (i.e., a legal brief, argument or analysis) consisting of no more than ten (10) pages of text.
b) One (1) Non-legal advocacy writing sample such as a commentary or blog.

Instructions: No phone calls or faxes please. All submissions must be sent via email only to: NAPWjobs@AdvocatesForPregnantWomen.org. Subject: Attn: Human Resources -- NAPW Staff Attorney (May 2017).

For more information, click here.


Montpelier, Vermont: Appellate Defender, Vermont Office of the Defender General
The Vermont Office of the Defender General is seeking an appellate defender to provide zealous and creative representation for indigent clients with criminal and juvenile cases before the Vermont Supreme Court. The position will also include front-line representation of children in State custody and work for juvenile policy reform through litigation and advocacy in the Juvenile Defender Division.

The Appellate and Juvenile Defender Divisions are busy, client-centered, and committed to producing excellent work and achieving great results. The successful candidate will be similarly motivated and have top-notch writing and research skills, post-bar experience in appellate criminal defense, and an interest in juvenile law. Current Vermont Bar license or ability to waive-in are required. Please email resume and cover letter by Friday, June 16th to: Mary.Deaett@vermont.gov. EOE


Albany, NY: Assistant Counsel, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
The New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services seeks applicants for two Assistant Counsel positions: Statewide Implementation Attorney- Counsel at First Appearance and Statewide Implementation Attorney- Quality Enhancement. The Assistant Counsel will assist in the Office’s implementation of the reforms specified in Executive Law § 832(4) for the development and implementation of written plans to (1) ensure that criminal defendants eligible for publicly funded legal representation are provided in person representation at his or her arraignment (2) establish numerical caseload/workload standards for each provider of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford to counsel and (3) improve the quality of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford counsel. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years of criminal defense experience.

For more information about the Counsel at First Appearance position, click here. For more information about the Quality Enhancement position, click here. Application deadline: June 2, 2017.


Albany, NY: Immigration Managing Attorney and Immigration Staff Attorney, Prisoners' Legal Services of New York
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is a statewide program providing civil legal services to people incarcerated in New York State prisons with regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh. PLS seeks applicants for two positions: Immigration Managing Attorney and Immigration Staff Attorney.

  • Immigration Managing Attorney: PLS is seeking an attorney to manage and supervise PLS’ Immigration Unit which provides legal representation to over 250 immigrants incarcerated in New York State prisons who are facing deportation. We seek to minimize the harsh and disproportionate immigration consequences of contact with the criminal justice system by providing highly qualified and competent representation to immigrants facing deportation. The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in immigration and preferably crimmigration law; a demonstrable interest in practicing immigration law; experience in Deportation/Removal Defense; supervisory or management experience, and be fluent in Spanish. The applicant should also be detailed oriented, organized, a team player, passionate about immigration and dedicated to the job. In addition to supervising and managing other immigration attorneys in the unit, the Immigration Managing Attorney will have his/her own caseload and will be responsible for providing a full range of legal services, including, but not limited to, consultation with clients, evaluation of the immigration consequences of criminal dispositions, development and implementation of strategies on criminal-immigration issues, and representation of client’s at master calendar and merits hearings in Immigration Court. For more information, click here.
  • Immigration Staff Attorney: PLS is seeking a staff attorney to provide legal representation to immigrants incarcerated in New York State prisons who are facing deportation. We seek to minimize the harsh and disproportionate immigration consequences of contact with the criminal justice system by providing highly qualified and competent representation to immigrants facing deportation. The ideal candidate should have a minimum of one year experience in immigration and preferably crimmigration law; a demonstrable interest in practicing immigration law; experience in Deportation/Removal Defense; and be fluent in Spanish. The candidate should also be detailed oriented, organized, a team player, passionate about immigration and dedicated to the job. The Staff Attorney will provide a full range of legal services, including, but not limited to, consultation with clients, evaluation of the immigration consequences of criminal dispositions, development and implementation of strategies on criminal-immigration issues, and representation at master calendar and merits hearings at Immigration Court. For more information, click here.


Batavia, NY: Immigration Staff Attorneys, Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
We are seeking to fill several full-time positions based in the Batavia, NY office of the Immigration Program of the Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) to handle our work under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) contract at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, and some WNY county jails which hold immigrant women.

The ideal candidates will be admitted to practice law, have at least one year experience in litigation, preferably in immigration removal proceedings, and want a career in litigation defending low-income immigrants detained at the Batavia Federal Detention Facility who are subject to removal for a variety of reasons including criminal convictions, unlawful entry and visa overstays. The ability to speak both Spanish and English fluently is very highly preferred. In the alternative, fluency in French and Mandarin are also very desirable. If the potential candidate possesses two or more years of immigration litigation experience but does not speak a language other than English, s/he is also encouraged to apply.

Also required are strong organizational skills to track and report required data about the work in a timely and accurate manner; an ability to work cooperatively with fellow staff and supervisors; the means and willingness to travel between the Buffalo office and the Batavia office, and to county jails in the eight counties of Western New York, as needed (a driver’s license is required); strong oral and written advocacy skills; a willingness to work independently while also taking direction and operating as part of a team; the organizational ability required to juggle many cases efficiently; and the flexibility to handle other tasks which the attorney may be called upon to handle at VLP, such as community outreach and education.

This position will be under the direct supervision of the VLP Immigration Program Supervising Attorney and the program’s Director, Sophie Feal. Please send a resume, a cover letter clearly explaining your interest and qualifications for this position, and contact information for 3 references to: Sophie Feal, Esq., ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. 237 Main St, Suite 1000 Buffalo, NY 14203 or sfeal@ecbavlp.com.

For information on VLP, see www.ecbavlp.com.

VLP is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is based on experience. VLP is a non-profit agency with excellent fringe benefits including fully paid health insurance, a cafeteria plan for dependent care and parking costs, long term disability insurance, life insurance, and generous leave time. The work atmosphere is congenial, respectful and flexible.



Thurston County, WA: Director of Public Defense
Thurston County is seeking a progressive and innovative leader to serve as its next Director of Public Defense. Are you an exceptional leader, manager, relationship builder and educator who is familiar with issues, opportunities, and challenges associated with public defense? If so, please take a closer look at our job opportunity by searching Thurston County jobs or by visiting this link, Director of Public Defense.


Syracuse, NY: Civil and Family Court Program Attorneys, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York is seeking attorneys to represent indigent persons in their Civil and Family Court Programs. Civil Program attorney primary responsibilities include representing low-income persons in civil matters including family, housing and unemployment. Family Court Program attorney primary responsibilities include representing adults in Family Court matters, including Abuse/Neglect, Custody/Visitation and Support Violation cases. Demonstrated commitment to public-interest law and to serving the indigent required. Admission to New York State Bar required. Salary: D.O.E. Excellent benefits. Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references to: Linda Gehron, Esq., President & CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 S. Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, or lgehron@hiscocklegalaid.org. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer (E.O.E.), committed to serving and employing a diverse population. Persons of color, women, LGBT and bilingual persons are encouraged to apply.


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.


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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