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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 County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders, Albany County Public Defender's Office
The Albany County Public Defender’s office seeks to fill two positions:

  • Entry Level Assistant Public Defender- Position primarily entails representation of indigent defendants in local criminal courts. Room for additional responsibilities and advancement. Minimum qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar. Must be resident of Albany County. Starting Salary: $56,610 plus excellent health benefits, NYS retirement system, eligible for student loan forgiveness program.
  • Felony Level Assistant Public Defender– Position primarily entails representation of indigent defendants with felony charges in local and superior courts. Minimum qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar. Must be resident of Albany County. Substantial prior criminal law experience preferred. Starting Salary: $70,000 plus excellent health benefits, NYS retirement system, eligible for student loan forgiveness program.
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to: Jane.PearsonCurtis@albanycountyny.gov.

 


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.


Albany, NY: Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney, NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services
The NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services is seeking a Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney (Assistant Counsel). The Assistant Counsel will oversee 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 first appearance in court; (2) establish numerical caseload/workload standards for each provider of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford counsel; and (3) improve the quality of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford counsel. The holder of this position will serve as Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney and will report to the Director of the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Director”) and agency Counsel (“Counsel”). The holder of this position will oversee the operation of the Office’s Statewide Implementation Unit, and work closely with the Office’s Director of Research, Directors of Quality Enhancement for Criminal Defense Trials, Parental Representation in Family Court and Appellate Representation, Director of Regional Initiatives, and Chief Hurrell-Harring Implementation Attorney in order to fulfill the Office’s duties and responsibilities under Executive Law § 832(4) and improve the quality of mandated representation under article 18-B of the County Law. All case-related information and knowledge obtained in the performance of these duties is highly confidential and may be subject to the attorney-client privilege.

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 final approval from the Governor’s Office for placement in the Exempt class. Deadline: May 5, 2017. For more information, click here.


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.


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.


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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