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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 (, phone (518) 465-3524 or fax (518) 465-3249. NYSDA reserves the exclusive right to decide which job advertisements will be posted.

Buffalo, New York: Staff Attorney – Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit, The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.
The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. seeks applicants for a Staff Attorney to work in its Appeals and Post-Conviction Unit. The Attorney shall be responsible for the perfections of indigent criminal appeals on behalf of individuals who were convicted in Erie, Genesee, Orleans, and Cattaraugus County Courts. Staff attorneys are responsible for handling every aspect of the appeals that are assigned to them, from the communication with the client upon receipt of the file through the communication with the client upon the outcome of the case in the Appellate Division and, as necessary, the outcome of any leave application filed with the Court of Appeals (the state’s highest court). In the event that an application for leave is granted by the Court of Appeals, the attorney is responsible for perfecting the appeal in the Court of Appeals. The staff attorney also investigates cases for potential post-conviction issues, and files such motions as are appropriate.

NYS Bar Admittance is required. Experience as an attorney in the practice of criminal appeals is preferred. Computer proficiency is required. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense. Salary is based on experience. Legal Aid offers a competitive benefits package. Reliable transportation and license to drive a motor vehicle required. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. 290 Main Street, Suite 400, Buffalo, New York 14202 Attn: Human Resources or via e-mail to by October 20, 2017. The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Poughkeepsie, New York: Arraignment Attorney, Dutchess County Public Defender
Dutchess County Public Defender is hiring a nighttime and weekend Arraignment Attorney. The attorney will handle after-hours arraignments throughout Dutchess County. This is an entry level, full-time position with an excellent fringe benefit package. Salary: $59,805.

Dutchess County is in the heart of the scenic Hudson Valley. It has two cities, suburban communities and many picturesque rural towns. New York City, less than 100 miles away, is easily accessible by train. The Public Defender Office has a staff of approximately 50, a little more than 1/2 are attorneys. The office is committed to providing holistic and client centered representation in criminal, family, parole and appellate matters. The office invests heavily in professional development of its staff and provides multiple avenues for advancement.

Please send cover letter and resume to Thomas N. N. Angell, Esq., Dutchess County Public Defender, Public Defender Office, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Application deadline: October 13, 2017.

Syracuse, New York: Staff Attorney- Appeals Program, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, 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 Linda Gehron, President/CEO at

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.

New York, NY: Executive Director, Correctional Association of New York
The Correctional Association of New York (the CA) is an independent nonprofit organization that advocates for a more humane and effective criminal justice system and a more just and equitable society. Founded in 1844 and subsequently granted unique statutory authority by the New York State legislature to visit and monitor New York’s prisons, the CA sheds light on the world behind prison walls.

The Search Committee is currently interviewing highly qualified candidates. Candidates who represent or have worked directly with the populations most impacted by the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a first deadline of October 15, 2017. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible by sending a cover letter and resume to Cover letters should be addressed to the Recruiting Manager. For more information, click here.

New York, NY or Washington, DC: US Program Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an experienced professional as its US Program Executive Director to lead a dynamic team dedicated to protecting and promoting the fundamental human rights of people in the United States. HRW’s US Program investigates and exposes systemic human rights abuses committed by the US federal, state, and local governments, particularly in three areas: criminal justice, immigration, and national security. We prioritize issues affecting people who are likely to have difficulty vindicating their rights through the political process or in the courts, such as the poor, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, incarcerated people, immigrants, and children.

The Executive Director should be a creative and strategic thinker with a powerful voice, strong experience engaging with the media, and substantive experience on domestic civil or human rights issues in the United States. A strong background in criminal and racial justice will be particularly important. The Executive Director provides the dynamic vision and leadership for the US Program’s work in the United States, and should be a thought leader in the community of organizations promoting civil and human rights in the US.

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. For more information, click here.

Rutland County, VT: Staff Attorney, Rutland County Public Defender's Office
Attorney needed in the Rutland County Public Defender’s Office. Busy and rewarding trial practice. Current Vermont Bar licensure or ability to waive-in required. Must be able to work independently and as part of a legal team that handles a very demanding caseload. Full-time position with State benefits. Entry level to five years of experience. Email cover letter and resume by Sunday, October 22nd to Mary Deaett, HR & Project Manager, at EOE.

Chemung County, NY: Assistant Public Advocate, Chemung County Public Advocate’s Office
The Chemung County Public Advocate is seeking an admitted attorney to join our office full time. The office handles criminal conflicts from the Public Defender, and is the primary assigned office in family court matters. This Assistant Public Advocate position will handle mostly family court, where we represent parents in abuse/neglect, custody/visitation, family offense, and support/paternity cases. Some criminal work will also be assigned, particularly in justice courts. Training and mentoring will be provided, so no experience is required. Applicants must be NYS admitted attorneys in good standing, be willing to relocate to Chemung County area, have a valid driver’s license with a reliable & registered vehicle, and show an enthusiasm in helping parents at some of their most vulnerable and emotional times.

This full-time position starts with an entry level salary of almost $58,000 and is negotiable based upon experience. As a county employee, you will receive all fringe benefits including vacation time, sick time, personal time, health insurance, and NYS retirement. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to John Brennan at or by mail to 219 Madison Ave., PO Box 588, Elmira, NY 14902-0588. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Allegany County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Allegany County Public Defender's Office
The Allegany County Public Defender’s Office is seeking applications to fill a full-time attorney position commencing in January 2018. Initially, the attorney’s primary responsibility will be to provide counsel at arraignment in the 35 Allegany County Justice Courts. The attorney must be available to work off-hours for at least 5 evenings and overnights/week including some weekends. Admission to the NYS Bar and possession of a valid NYS driver’s license are required. It is anticipated that the duties will expand to a more traditional caseload-centered practice once the Allegany County CAFA program becomes more established.

Salary is $70,000 plus benefits, including health insurance and membership in the NYS retirement system.

To apply, submit a resume, 3 references and a cover letter to: Barbara J. Kelley, Allegany County Public Defender, 7 Court Street, Room 1, Belmont, NY 14813, The letter should explain in detail both the candidate’s qualifications for, and interest in, the position; with specific reference to a willingness or desire to live and work in rural Allegany County.

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.


  • 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, 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.

Washington, DC: VP for Defender Legal Services & Chief of Integrated Programs, NLADA
The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), founded in 1911, is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel. We provide advocacy, guidance, information, training, and technical assistance for members of the equal justice community, especially those working in public defense and civil legal aid. The Vice President for Defender Legal Services, Chief of Integrated Programs (DLS VP), reports to the President and CEO of NLADA. The DLS VP is part of the Executive Team, and is critical to the development and implementation of the Association’s mission and vision as operationalized through its strategic plan. In this dual domain role, as Vice President, the DLS VP plays a leadership role in the overall vision, program and fund development for Defender Legal Services (DLS). As Chief of Integrated Programs, the DLS VP leads cross-divisional programmatic initiatives including implementation of training and professional development plan to support programmatic objectives. The DLS VP is responsible for supervision and coordination of defender and training division staff, and for collaboration within the Association and in the national/local criminal justice and defender communities. For more information, click here Expiration date: October 31, 2017.

Cattaraugus County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Cattaraugus County Public Defender's Office
The Public Defender of Cattaraugus County is seeking a full-time Assistant Public Defender for an immediate opening. Candidates must be admitted and be in good standing to practice law in NYS with commitment to undertake cases before Cattaraugus County Family Court and various local criminal courts. The office engages in “Client Centered” representation. The position also requires a commitment to providing Counsel at First Appearance and includes periodic “On-Call” work to ensure staffing for arraignments. A valid driver’s license and vehicle is a necessity. Strong research and writing skills and a commitment to the representation of individuals who are financially unable to retain counsel required. The right candidate is able to work collaboratively with other lawyers and staff. Starting salary $2,040 bi-weekly. Excellent health insurance and other benefits. EOE. Send cover letter expressing interest with application and/or resume to: Mark S. Williams, Esq., Cattaraugus County Public Defender, 175 North Union Street, Blue Bird Square, Olean NY 14760; tel (716)373-0004; fax (716)373-3462 or email at Located in the picturesque Enchanted Mountains of Southwestern New York, one hour drive from Buffalo. Application for employment can be found at

Wyoming County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Wyoming County Public Defender's Office
The Wyoming County Public Defender's Office is now accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Public Defender at our office in Warsaw, New York. All applicants must be admitted to the New York State Bar and in good standing. An Assistant Public Defender represents clients in local criminal courts, County Courts, and appellate proceedings. Applicants must possess strong advocacy skills, strong writing and communication skills, and ability to multi-task. It is desirous that the applicant have felony trial experience. Night court appearances will be required. To apply, forward letter of interest and resume to the Wyoming County Public Defender, 18 Linwood Avenue, Warsaw, New York 14569. This position is a county position subject to a satisfactory background investigation. No phone calls. The Wyoming County Public Defender's Office is an equal opportunity employer.

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

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

For information on VLP, see

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.

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
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
Executive Director
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
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
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249






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