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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.



Schuyler County, New York: Assistant Public Defender, Schuyler County Public Defender
To further its commitment to quality representation and reasonable attorney caseloads, Schuyler County is currently seeking to fill the position of Assistant Public Defender. The position is 35 hrs per week with additional after-hours responsibilities. The position includes a salary range of $70,000-$80,000/year, a stipend for after-hours work, and a comprehensive benefit package. Qualified applicants must be licensed to practice law in NYS and have at least five years’ experience in Criminal Court trial work. Any appellate experience is a plus. Please submit a Schuyler County Civil Service application along with a complete resume, a writing sample, 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; they are also located on our website at www.schuylercounty.us. Applications accepted until position is filled. Schuyler County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


White Plains, New York: Associate Counsel, Legal Aid Society of Westchester County
The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County has one Associate Counsel position available for an attorney admitted to practice law in New York with 0-3 years' experience. The position involves representing clients accused of felonies in Westchester County. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. Please send your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to David B. Weisfuse, Chief Counsel, by email to dweisfuse@laswest.org.


Albany, New York: Hurrell-Harring Implementation Attorney - Quality Improvement, New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services
The NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) is seeking an experienced criminal defense attorney to join the Hurrell-Harring Team as the Quality Enhancement Attorney. The Hurrell-Harring Team includes attorneys and researchers dedicated to promoting high quality public criminal defense through implementation of the landmark Hurrell-Harring v. State of New York Settlement. The Team works closely with officials and public criminal defense providers in five counties (Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Suffolk, and Washington) on initiatives to provide counsel at first appearance, reduce caseloads, improve quality, and ensure implementation of uniform assigned counsel eligibility standards. Because the Team works with only five counties, the position provides a unique opportunity to develop and implement creative ideas and initiatives to promote high-quality, client-centered representation. These initiatives will have a state-wide impact, as the Team’s work was the basis and now provides the framework for recently enacted legislation to expand Hurrell-Harring to the rest of the state.

Information about this position and how to apply can be found at this link: https://www.statejobsny.com/public/vacancyDetailsView.cfm?id=46841. Feel free to call Patricia Warth, the Chief Hurrell-Harring Implementation Attorney, at (518) 603-0851 if you would like more information about the position.


Syracuse, New York: Several Positions, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Experienced Criminal Defense/Appellate Attorney – Appeals Program: The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks an experienced and talented attorney committed 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. The attorney will staff a new Appeals Consultation Project, and will serve as an appellate specialist providing support and counsel to trial-level attorneys.

The attorney will be expected to collaborate with trial attorneys to analyze legal issues and develop legal strategy, assist with trial preparation, appear in court for hearings and trials, and provide training on timely legal and forensic issues. The attorney may also carry a small appeals caseload.

The ideal candidate will be dynamic and able to work as part of a team. Minimum of 7 to 10 years’ experience handling felony-level criminal trials and/or appeals required. Excellent analytical, research, writing, oral advocacy, and interpersonal skills are required. Admission to the New York State Bar is required. Salary: DOE. Excellent benefits.

Applicants should send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to Linda Gehron, President/CEO at lgehron@hlalaw.org. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Experienced Appellate Attorney: The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks an attorney committed 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. The attorney will coordinate and oversee a new Caseload Relief Project, and will be responsible for the supervision of several contract attorneys and a full-time staff attorney. The attorney will also carry an appeals caseload.

Minimum of 5 years’ experience handling appeals required. Supervisory and case management experience strongly preferred. Excellent analytical, research, writing, oral advocacy, and interpersonal skills are required. Admission to the New York State Bar is required. Salary: DOE. Excellent Benefits.

Applicants should send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to Linda Gehron, President/CEO at lgehron@hlalaw.org. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Staff Attorney -- Appeals Program: The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks an attorney committed 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, writing sample and resume, including three references to Linda Gehron, President/CEO at lgehron@hlalaw.org. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Paralegal/Law Assistant -- Appeals Program: The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks a paralegal/law assistant for its Appeals Program. The paralegal will perform legal and factual research, help prepare legal documents, gather documents and prepare records on appeal, maintain a case management system, prepare and process correspondence, and communicate with court personnel. Qualifications: paralegal certificate or equivalent work experience; proficient in LexisNexis; proficient in Word, Excel, and Access or other database software; strong attention to detail; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; experience and/or commitment to working with low-income persons. Salary DOE plus excellent benefits.

Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references, to Linda Gehron, President/CEO at lgehron@hlalaw.org. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Law Assistant -- Appeals Program: The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks a law assistant for its Appeals Program. The law assistant will, among other things, gather documents and prepare records on appeal, maintain a case management system, process correspondence, and communicate with court personnel. Qualifications: paralegal certificate or equivalent work experience; proficient in Word, Excel, and Access or other database software; strong attention to detail; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; experience and/or commitment to working with low-income persons. Salary DOE plus excellent benefits.

Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references, to Linda Gehron, President/CEO at lgehron@hlalaw.org. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.


Cortland County, New York: Assistant Public Defender, Cortland County Public Defender's Office
The Cortland County Public Defender's Office is seeking an assistant public defender. Minimum qualification: Possession of a license to practice law in New York State. Residency requirements will be in compliance with 2005 local law #4. Pre-employment drug screen, criminal background check and/or physical required. Approved applications will be forwarded to the public defender's office until the position is filled. Salary: Grade 4/$64,871-$78,925 (35 hrs/week). Submit applications to: Cortland County Personnel, 60 Central Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-2746. EOE/MF.


Franklin County, New York: Assistant Conflict Defender, Franklin County Conflict Defender's Office
The Franklin County Personnel Department is accepting applications for an Assistant Conflict Defender, located within the Franklin County Conflict Defender’s Department. Salary: $52,750; 35 hour work week with generous fringe benefits. To view complete job description and download a civil service application please visit the county website at www.franklincony.org. Minimum Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in NYS and be admitted to the NYS Bar. Interested candidates must submit the following: a cover letter, completed civil service application, resume, and proof of current admittance to the NYS Bar to the Franklin County Personnel Department, 355 West Main Street, Suite 428, Malone, NY 12953. Phone: (518) 481-1677. Applicant must be a Franklin County resident at time of appointment. Application and all required documentation will be accepted until position is filled. EOE.


New York City: Various Postions, The Legal Aid Society
Supervising Attorney, Racial Justice Unit: The Legal Aid Society is seeking an experienced, inspired, and energetic lawyer for the position of Supervising Attorney of the Racial Justice Unit (RJU). The RJU will work across all three practice areas: Criminal Defense, Civil, and Juvenile Rights to identify and examine complex issues of race equity in our legal system. This unit will raise critical awareness of the systemic oppression that communities of color experience within every facet of our legal system through the use of research, policy advocacy, impact litigation, community engagement, and strategic communication. The RJU will serve as an internal and external research and policy resource for the organization as well as for city agencies, local advocates, and policy groups, by providing data, reports, and publications about racial inequity issues. The unit will also work on internal diversity initiatives to promote and enhance racial justice within the organization.

The ideal candidate has a deep understanding of the current societal systems that continue to uphold the status quo of racial inequity. This individual will critically analyze these systems and engage in multi-dimensional advocacy methods to enact meaningful change.

Supervising Attorneys, Criminal Defense Practice: The Legal Aid Society, the largest social justice legal services organization in New York City, has immediate openings for dedicated and passionate Supervising Attorneys in our Criminal Defense Practice's Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island trial offices. The Criminal Defense Practice is the primary public defender in New York City, providing holistic, client-centered representation to over 200,000 people facing misdemeanor, felony, and homicide charges. The Supervising Attorneys are on the front lines providing high quality, zealous representation to the clients of the organization. They work alongside staff to provide direct representation to clients, as well as assist the organization in setting reform policies that better the lives of clients and communities.

Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys, Criminal Defense Practice: The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest social justice legal services organization, has immediate openings for dedicated, passionate Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys in the Criminal Defense Practice throughout the city. The Criminal Practice is the primary public defender in New York City, providing holistic, client-centered representation to over 200,000 people facing misdemeanor, felony, and homicide charges.

The Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney will provide zealous advocacy in all phases of a person's legal matter from arraignments through hearings and trials, as well as other related proceedings, such as school suspension, DMV refusal, and asset forfeiture hearings. The Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney collaborates with attorneys and advocates in the Civil and Juvenile Rights Practices to avoid or mitigate any civil consequences arising from a client's contact with the criminal system. The Criminal Defense Attorney also works with a team of investigators, social workers, and paralegals to provide clients the comprehensive, high-quality representation they deserve.

For more information on these positions, click here. The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


New York, NY: Supervising Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender
The Office of the Appellate Defender (OAD) currently seeks a Supervising Attorney to join its talented staff. OAD is New York City’s oldest provider of appellate representation to poor people convicted of felonies, and the City’s second oldest institutional indigent defense office. Since its founding in 1988, OAD has maintained a national reputation for superb appellate advocacy and innovation, as well as a holistic, client-centered, approach to representation. OAD has been repeatedly recognized by the New York State Bar Association, and the appellate courts, for excellent representation.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree, with at least 5 years of appellate litigation experience.
  • Admission to the New York Bar, or ability to secure immediate admission to the New York Bar pursuant to 22 NYCRR § 520.10.
  • Outstanding legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to representing poor people convicted of crimes.
  • Strong belief in the value and importance of communication with and respect for clients.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Supervisory and case management experience strongly preferred, with an interest in and commitment to the professional development, training and support of attorneys, legal interns, and administrative staff.
  • Experience in trial court, particularly in post-conviction proceedings, is a plus.
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to jobs@appellatedefender.org, with a subject line in the email stating: Supervising Attorney Position. For more information, click here.

OAD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.


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-$88,850, 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.


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 $52,000+. 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
Executive Director
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 Deputy Director to fulfill the office's social science research needs. Send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Charles F. O'Brien
Executive Director
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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