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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.



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.


Albany, NY: Director of Quality Enhancement, Appellate and Post-Conviction Representation, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
The NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services is seeking a Director of Quality Enhancement, Appellate and Post-Conviction Representation (Assistant Counsel). Assistant Counsel will be responsible for fulfilling the Office's responsibility to "make efforts to improve the quality of services provided pursuant to article 18-B of the county law*, Executive Law Article 30 Section 832 (1), with respect to the representation at the appellate and post-conviction levels of criminal defendants and parents who are represented by assigned counsel. The holder of this position will serve as the Director of Quality Enhancement, Appellate and Post-Conviction Representation and will report to the Director of the Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS). Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • All case-related information and knowledge obtained in the performance of these duties will be treated as confidential information.
  • Examines, evaluates and monitors the legal services provided statewide at the appellate and post-conviction levels pursuant to article 18-B of the County Law.
  • Collects and analyzes data concerning such services and makes recommendations to the Director to enhance the provision of indigent legal services and to ensure that recipients of services are provided with quality representation from fiscally responsible providers.
  • Makes recommendations to the Director to establish and implement standards, criteria and a process for qualifying and re-qualifying attorneys to provide effective appellate and post-conviction level representation.
  • Makes recommendations to the Director for the provision of legal services in cases involving a conflict of interest.
  • Makes recommendations to the Director for improving the delivery of legal services at the appellate and post-conviction levels.
  • Encourages and supports the innovative and cost effective solutions that enhance the provision of quality indigent legal services, including collaborative efforts serving multiple counties.
  • As directed by the Director of the Office, investigates and monitors any matter related to indigent legal services.
  • Recommends measures of performance which programs and counties shall report to the Office for the purpose of monitoring the quality of indigent legal services.
  • Undertakes such other activities as may be requested by the Director in furtherance of the Office's overall responsibility to make efforts to improve the quality of indigent legal services representation.
The Office of Indigent Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. The agency actively seeks to diversify its workforce. *Please note, this position is temporary, pending exempt, pending final approval of the Governor’s office. For more information, click here.


St. Lawrence County, NY: Assistant Conflict Defender, St. Lawrence County Conflict Defender's Office
The St. Lawrence County Conflict Defender’s Office is in search of an Assistant Conflict Defender. The Assistant Conflict Defender is responsible for providing legal representation to assigned indigent clients in criminal court and family court matters throughout every stage of the proceedings (except most appeals which are handled by assigned appellate counsel). In addition to providing legal representation and appearing in various courts throughout the county, the Assistant Conflict Defender will assist the Conflict Defender in the investigation, preparation, research, writing, and related work as required. Minimum Qualifications: Must be duly admitted to the New York State Bar and licensed to practice as an attorney in the State of New York. Trial experience, criminal defense and/or family law experience preferred, but not required. Must have a valid drivers license and reside in St. Lawrence County at the start of employment. Salary Range $62,764 (base) - $81,293.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Send your application, resume, cover letter and a list of references to: Amy L. Dona, Esq., Conflict Defender, St. Lawrence County Conflict Defender’s Office, Public Safety Building, 2nd Floor, 48 Court Street, Canton, New York 13617. Telephone inquiries: (315) 379-2282. You may fax your information to our office at (315) 379-2300 or send via email to the attention of Margaret Green at mgreen@stlawco.org. Please indicate Assistant Conflict Defender Application in the subject line of your email. Applications can be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office at (315) 379-2210 or from the county’s website at: http://www.co.st-lawrence.ny.us/Departments/HumanResources/CountyJobPostings. St. Lawrence County is an equal opportunity employer and complies with the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Females, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Columbia County, NY: Two Positions (Investigator and Case Worker), Columbia County Public Defender’s Office
The Columbia County Public Defender’s Office has immediate openings for two positions: investigator and case manager. Investigator applicants must have prior investigation experience and no law enforcement bias. Duties include: locating and evaluating statements, videos, witnesses, and crime scene details, and other related work. The investigator will help the defense team be the most informed people in the courtroom. The investigator will work approximately 35 hours/week. Salary: $30-40/hour, no benefits. This position is funded by a state grant.

The case manager will work as part of the family court representation team, helping public defense clients access treatment and other necessary services and comply with court-ordered evaluations. The case manager will help the team be the most informed party in the courtroom. Applicants must demonstrate compassion and respect for public defense clients. The case manager will work 30 hours/week. Salary: $30-40/hour, no benefits. The position is funded by a state grant.

To apply for either position, send a resume and cover letter to Robert Linville, Columbia County Public Defender, at Robert.linville@columbiacountyny.com or 610 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534.


Texas: Executive Director, Texas Defender Service
Texas Defender Service (TDS) is seeking an Executive Director. TDS is a private, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to safeguarding the fairness and accuracy of the Texas criminal justice system, with an emphasis on improving the quality of legal representation provided to those facing the death penalty. TDS’s mission includes:
(1) Direct representation at the trial and post-conviction level, including cases with the potential to challenge systemic inequities;
(2) Leveraging TDS’s knowledge about systemic injustices to advocate for legislative reform through the use of reports, media outreach and other public information opportunities;
(3) Consulting with and training attorneys at the trial and post-conviction levels to better enable them to advocate skillfully and vigorously for their clients, and serving as a resource for trial and postconviction counsel; and
(4) Monitoring and researching implementation of the Texas Fair Defense Act and other statutes in active death penalty counties, and using the data as the basis for administrative reform, advocacy, public education, and litigation.

TDS has offices in Houston and Austin. The Executive Director could be located in either office.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
Since its inception in 1995, TDS has functioned as a vital safety net, watchdog, and agent for reform—roles that it is uniquely situated to perform due to its status as a non-governmental agency. The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring that TDS continues its mission and remains a dynamic force in the Texas and national capital defense communities.

The Executive Director is expected to manage the various TDS missions—direct representation, consulting, training, and research. To accomplish these goals, the Executive Director must supervise two law offices and work collaboratively with a team consisting of the CFO, Post-Conviction Director, Trial Project Director, and Policy Director.

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience in criminal defense and/or capital litigation and a demonstrated commitment to serving indigent persons. Experience in policy development is of interest, but not required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with experience, benefits package provided.

APPLICATION
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested persons are invited to send a cover letter and resume to: Amanda Marzullo, Interim Executive Director & Search Committee Chair at amarzullo@texasdefender.org. For more information, click here.


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.


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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