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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.

Franklin County, New York: Assistant Conflict Defender, Franklin County Conflict Defender's Office
The Franklin County Personnel Department is accepting applications for an Assistant Conflict Defender, located within the Franklin County Conflict Defender’s Department. Salary: $52,750; 35 hour work week with generous fringe benefits. To view complete job description and download a civil service application please visit the county website at Minimum Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in NYS and be admitted to the NYS Bar. Interested candidates must submit the following: a cover letter, completed civil service application, resume, and proof of current admittance to the NYS Bar to the Franklin County Personnel Department, 355 West Main Street, Suite 428, Malone, NY 12953. Phone: (518) 481-1677. Applicant must be a Franklin County resident at time of appointment. Application and all required documentation will be accepted until position is filled. EOE.

New York, New York: Chief Executive Officer and Attorney-in-Chief, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society is seeking a Chief Executive Officer and Attorney-in-Chief. The successful candidate will be a highly credible and accomplished lawyer, leader and manager, committed to the mission and future of The Legal Aid Society and energized by its contribution to New York City and national legal reform. He/she will motivate, collaborate with, and earn the respect of a talented and dedicated staff and Board; government, judicial and public officials; clients; and other key partners. The CEO and Attorney-In-Chief will be the leader of LAS, both internally and externally. He/she will also be responsible for overseeing and managing the operations and finances of LAS, and will have nine direct reports and oversee approximately 2,000 employees.

The Legal Aid Society (LAS) is the oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services organization in the country. Since 1876, LAS has been dedicated to one powerful belief: no person should be denied access to justice because of poverty. Through its three practice areas—Civil, Criminal Defense and Juvenile Rights—and with 2000 full-time employees and a budget of $260 million, each year LAS works on more than 250,000 cases and legal matters for the most vulnerable individuals and families in New York City. The LAS Civil Practice, with 22 specialized units and programs, helps its clients secure the basic necessities of life: housing, food, health care, personal safety, security, and subsistence income. The Criminal Defense Practice is the largest public defender program in the country and serves as the primary provider of indigent criminal defense services in New York City. The Juvenile Rights Practice represents about 90% of the children who appear before the Family Court in New York City in child protective and delinquency cases.

To apply, please email cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to: The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed. Salary and benefit package is competitive and commensurate with experience. For more information, click here. The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer – all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities.

New York City: Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys, The Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest social justice legal services organization, has immediate openings for dedicated, passionate Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys in the Criminal Defense Practice throughout the city. The Criminal Practice is the primary public defender in New York City, providing holistic, client-centered representation to over 200,000 people facing misdemeanor, felony, and homicide charges.

The Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney will provide zealous advocacy in all phases of a person's legal matter from arraignments through hearings and trials, as well as other related proceedings, such as school suspension, DMV refusal, and asset forfeiture hearings. The Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney collaborates with attorneys and advocates in the Civil and Juvenile Rights Practices to avoid or mitigate any civil consequences arising from a client's contact with the criminal system. The Criminal Defense Attorney also works with a team of investigators, social workers, and paralegals to provide clients the comprehensive, high-quality representation they deserve.

For more information, click here. The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Rochester, New York: Two Attorney Positions, The Legal Aid Society of Rochester The Legal Aid Society of Rochester seeks applications for two positions: (1) Equal Justice Works Americorps Fellow, New York State Family Security Project; and (2) Staff Attorney- Immigration Program.

Equal Justice Works Americorps Fellow, New York State Family Security Project: The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works designed to foster family security and community education through the provision of legal immigration services. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at the Legal Aid Society’s office at 1 West Main St. in Rochester, New York. Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the fellowship must begin no later than January 2, 2017, and last for one year. Application Deadline: December 15, 2017, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For more information, click here.

Staff Attorney- Immigration Program: The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY is seeking a qualified attorney to provide legal representation in a busy legal services immigration law practice. The attorney will have the opportunity to be part of a team of professionals who have dedicated themselves to the mission of LAS, which is the provision of high quality civil legal services to low and moderate income litigants.
The attorney’s responsibilities will include representation of persons in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court in Buffalo; appearances at interviews before UCIS in Buffalo; preparation of immigration applications; and handling of administrative and judicial appeals. The attorney must be admitted to the New York bar. For more information, click here.

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Syracuse, New York: Staff Attorney- Appeals Program, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks an 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.

Syracuse, NY: Foreclosure Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Hiscock Legal Aid Society, Syracuse, New York is seeking an Attorney 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. Admission to NYS Bar required. Salary: 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: Linda Gehron, President/CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202; or

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.

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.

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.

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

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 Deputy Director 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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