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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.



New York City: Staff Attorney, National Advocates for Pregnant Women
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) seeks a Staff Attorney with substantial impact and complex litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels to assist in legal advocacy and litigation activities for the organization. A focus of the Staff Attorney position will be on advancing reproductive justice. NAPW is a small nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to secure the rights and human dignity of pregnant people focusing on those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment including low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. NAPW uses an integrated set of strategies that combines legal advocacy; local and national organizing; and public education. NAPW seeks to build bridges across diverse public health and social justice movements, and to connect local organizing and activism with national advocacy and policy work. The organization is actively involved in criminal and parent defense cases, ongoing affirmative court challenges to punitive reproductive health and drug policies, and provides litigation support in cases across the country. For more information, click here. Application deadline: October 11, 2016. NAPW is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.


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.


Bronx, NY: Supervisor, Criminal Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Criminal Defense Attorneys zealously advocate for individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in the Bronx Criminal Courts. They appear in various proceedings including but not limited to arraignments, hearings and trials in criminal courts, as well as concurrent proceedings such as superintendent’s suspension and Department of Motor Vehicle refusal hearings. Criminal Defense Attorneys provide comprehensive representation in collaboration with attorneys and advocates in other practice areas to avoid or mitigate any enmeshed consequences that may arise out of our clients’ contact with the criminal court system. To that end, Criminal Defense Attorneys must consistently be prepared to litigate and confidently engage in skillful negotiations with judges, prosecutors, and other actors within the systems our clients navigate. Though primarily appearing in criminal courts, Criminal Defense Attorneys have the opportunity to co-counsel cases in other venues (ie. Family Court, Civil Court, Administrative Hearings, etc.) as necessary or desired.

Reporting directly to the Managing Director of the Criminal Defense Practice, the CDP Supervisor will represent a reduced caseload of clients while providing direct supervision, support, and guidance to staff attorneys, as well as acting as a liaison in the courthouse, and assisting with Criminal Defense Practice programming, development and training.

Applications will be accepted through October 10, 2016. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, which may be before the deadline. For more information, click here. The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences and communities to apply.


Lubbock County, TX: Assistant Chief Public Defender, Regional Public Defender/Capital Cases
Opening for Assistant Chief Public Defender for the Regional Public Defender/Capital Cases (RPDO). The RPDO is based in Lubbock County and is administratively organized as a department of the county. Originally developed as a cooperative endeavor to provide capital defense services in counties in the 7th and 9th Administrative Judicial Region, the program has expanded through inter-local agreements to serve 179 participating counties in all nine administrative judicial regions across the state. The position reports directly to the Chief Public Defender. Duties include assigning, reviewing, and evaluating the work of professional staff including supervisors. For more information, click here. Questions concerning this posting can be addressed by Ray Keith, Chief Public Defender, at rkeith@rpdo.org.


New York City: Staff Attorney, Legal Department, The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project is seeking a Staff Attorney to work under the supervision of the Managing Attorney and the organization’s co-directors. The Staff Attorneys in the Legal Department represent individual clients around the nation seeking access to post-conviction DNA testing and/or relief from their convictions based on exculpatory DNA test results. In addition, the Staff Attorneys are clinical law teachers who select, instruct and supervise students participating in a year-long clinic associated with Cardozo School of Law. The Staff Attorneys work under the supervision of the Managing Attorney and the Innocence Project’s Co-Directors, and each work closely with a Paralegal, three clinic students, and with other members of the Legal and Intake departments. Staff attorneys also collaborate with policy staff in their efforts to improve the laws and practices necessary to prevent future wrongful convictions and redress past wrongs.

The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission. We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law. For more information, including how to apply, click here.


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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