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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.



St. Lawrence County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, St. Lawrence County Public Defender's Office
The St. Lawrence County Public Defender's Office is in search of an attorney to serve as an Assistant Public Defender. This position is primarily focused on Family Court practice, including Child Custody and Visitation matters, Article 10 Child Abuse and Neglect proceedings, Termination of Parental Rights/Permanent Neglect matters, Family Offense proceedings, Paternity proceedings and Child Support Violation matters. This position also includes some criminal practice that would largely take place in local justice courts and would include a mix of violation, misdemeanor and felony cases. Duties include hearing and trial practice, pre-trial settlement conferences, motion practice, legal research, and frequent interaction with clients. Candidates with an interest in public interest law are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience is appreciated but not required. Salary starts at $61,462 and benefits including health and dental insurance, New York State Retirement and other benefits as provided by collective bargaining agreement. Assistant Public Defenders are represented by the St. Lawrence County Indigent Defenders Union. The St. Lawrence County Public Defender’s Office has seven attorneys who provide both Family and Criminal Court representation to qualifying individuals. Our office also includes four support staff, including two typists and two legal secretaries. St. Lawrence County is located in Northern New York on the US/Canadian border. The Public Defender’s Office is located in Canton, New York, the county seat of St. Lawrence County. Canton is also the home to St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton and is in close proximity to Potsdam, NY, the home of Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam. Montreal, Ottawa, Burlington, VT and Lake Placid, NY are all accessible from Canton.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and three references to James T. Farrell, Assistant Public Defender, by email (preferred) JaFarrell@stlawco.org or by fax (315) 386-8241. Deadline: January 2, 2017. We are looking to fill the position by mid January 2017. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis as documents are received.


Franklin County, NY: Assistant Conflict Defender, Franklin County Conflict Defender's Office
The Franklin County Personnel Office is accepting applications for an Assistant Conflict Defender, located at the Franklin County Conflict Defender’s Department. 35 hr. work week with generous fringe benefits. Salary: $52,000. Minimum Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in NYS and admitted to the NYS Bar. Applicants may apply at the Franklin County Personnel Office, 355 W. Main Street, Suite 428, Malone, NY 12953 or go to the county website, www.franklincony.org, to download an application and view complete job description. Phone: (518) 481-1677. Last date to file application is 12/5/16. EOE – Residency is waived.


Syracuse, NY: President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society (HLAS) in Syracuse, NY seeks a President/CEO to lead this non-profit organization which provides high-quality, high-volume, cost-effective legal assistance to low-income residents of the central New York region, primarily Onondaga County. For more than 65 years, HLAS has been dedicated to ensuring that no one in its community is denied justice because of a lack of means. HLAS provides representation in civil, mandated Family Court, criminal and Family Court appeals, parole revocation and extradition cases. Its long-time President/CEO Susan R. Horn is retiring.

The next President/CEO will lead a strong client-centered organization with a dedicated staff and Board, an ongoing commitment to the innovative use of technology and collaborative relationships with other legal and human services providers. HLAS engages in vigorous and effective advocacy for clients and enjoys a strong financial position with excellent internal controls. HLAS’s challenges include managing significant growth in staffing, improving staff retention and diversity, and growing and diversifying funding.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, please submit application materials by November 18, 2016. Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references. Materials should be emailed to: sgalbato@bsk.com. Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact: Susan Galbato, Board Chair, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, One Lincoln Center, 18th Floor, Syracuse, NY 13202, (315) 218-8370. HLAS is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, persons of color, candidates with disabilities, and others who represent distinct linguistic or cultural communities to apply.

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Syracuse, NY: Parole Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, seeks an attorney to represent indigent persons in parole revocation cases. High volume caseload; extensive jail visits. Demonstrated commitment to serving the indigent and ability to work with incarcerated persons required. Admission to New York Bar required. Salary: 41,000+ DOE. Generous benefits. Applicant should send cover letter and resume, including three references to President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, New York 13202 or mail@hiscocklegalaid.org.E.O.E. Persons of Color & Bilingual persons encouraged to apply.


Lake George, NY: Assistant Public Defenders (2), Warren County Public Defender's Office
The Warren County Public Defender's Office has openings for two Assistant Public Defenders. The attorneys will represent clients assigned by the Public Defender in criminal and family court proceedings. This involves representation through all stages of the proceeding following arrest and at the initial court appearance. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Defender with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment. The attorneys do work related to the case as required. The cases involve filing proceedings and motions, preparing for hearings, conducting hearings, evaluation of the case and plea bargaining. The attorneys would also conduct legal research, prepare for trials and conduct the trial. Applicants must possess a NY State law license and have at least one year experience as an attorney. Knowledge of criminal law and/or family court law and court proceedings and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing are required. Applicants must be able to work nights and weekends as needed. Salary: (1) $45,000 with full county benefits; (2) $55,443 with full county benefits. To apply, send a resume and writing sample to Public Defender Marcy Flores at floresm@warrencountyny.gov or at Warren County Public Defender’s Office, 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845.


Syracuse, NY: Appeals Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York 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 President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, New York 13202 or mail@hiscocklegalaid.org.


Syracuse, NY: Family Court Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, seeks an attorney to represent adults in Family Court matters, including Abuse/Neglect, Custody/Visitation and Support Violation cases. High volume caseload. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and to serving the indigent required. Admission to New York Bar required. Salary: D.O.E. Excellent benefits. E.O.E. Persons of color, women, LGBT, & bilingual persons encouraged to apply. Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references to: mail@hiscocklegalaid.org or President & CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 S. Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.


Syracuse, NY: Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, seeks an attorney to represent low-income persons in civil matters including family, housing and unemployment. High volume caseloads. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and to serving low-income persons required. Admission to New York Bar required. Salary: $41,000+ D.O.E.; generous benefits. E.O.E. Persons of color & bilingual persons encouraged to apply. Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references to: President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 S. Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 or mail@hiscocklegalaid.org.


Syracuse, NY: Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York, is seeking Attorneys for the Foreclosure Prevention Project to provide representation in foreclosure proceedings. Primary responsibilities include full service representation of clients in foreclosure proceedings and in collateral matters including bankruptcy and support proceedings. Admission to NYS Bar required. Salary: $41,000 + DOE. Excellent benefits. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer, committed to serving and employing a diverse population. Persons of color and bilingual persons are encouraged to apply. Cover letter & resume including 3 professional references should be sent to: President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202; or mail@hiscocklegalaid.org.


Syracuse, NY: Law Assistant, Foreclosure Prevention Project, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, seeks a Law Assistant for its Foreclosure Prevention Project. Duties include direct service to clients under attorney supervision, calendaring cases, producing weekly calendar of court appearances, communication with court and bank personnel, drafting pleadings and other legal documents, document assembly and some research. Qualifications: paralegal certificate preferred or equivalent work experience, proficient in Word and Excel, strong attention to detail, organizational and interpersonal skills necessary. Salary DOE. Excellent benefits. E.O.E. Persons of color and bilingual persons encouraged to apply. Applicants should send cover letter and resume including three references to: Chief Operating Officer, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 or mail@hiscocklegalaid.org.


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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