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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.



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.


Texas: Executive Director, Texas Defender Service
Texas Defender Service (TDS) is seeking an Executive Director. TDS is a private, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to safeguarding the fairness and accuracy of the Texas criminal justice system, with an emphasis on improving the quality of legal representation provided to those facing the death penalty. TDS’s mission includes:
(1) Direct representation at the trial and post-conviction level, including cases with the potential to challenge systemic inequities;
(2) Leveraging TDS’s knowledge about systemic injustices to advocate for legislative reform through the use of reports, media outreach and other public information opportunities;
(3) Consulting with and training attorneys at the trial and post-conviction levels to better enable them to advocate skillfully and vigorously for their clients, and serving as a resource for trial and postconviction counsel; and
(4) Monitoring and researching implementation of the Texas Fair Defense Act and other statutes in active death penalty counties, and using the data as the basis for administrative reform, advocacy, public education, and litigation.

TDS has offices in Houston and Austin. The Executive Director could be located in either office.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES
Since its inception in 1995, TDS has functioned as a vital safety net, watchdog, and agent for reform—roles that it is uniquely situated to perform due to its status as a non-governmental agency. The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring that TDS continues its mission and remains a dynamic force in the Texas and national capital defense communities.

The Executive Director is expected to manage the various TDS missions—direct representation, consulting, training, and research. To accomplish these goals, the Executive Director must supervise two law offices and work collaboratively with a team consisting of the CFO, Post-Conviction Director, Trial Project Director, and Policy Director.

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience in criminal defense and/or capital litigation and a demonstrated commitment to serving indigent persons. Experience in policy development is of interest, but not required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with experience, benefits package provided.

APPLICATION
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but should be submitted before February 28, 2017. Interested persons are invited to send a cover letter and resume to: Amanda Marzullo, Interim Executive Director & Search Committee Chair at amarzullo@texasdefender.org. For more information, click here.


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.


Cortland County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Cortland County Public Defender's Office
The Cortland County Public Defender's Office is accepting applications for an Assistant Public Defender. Minimum qualifications: Possession of a license to practice law in New York State. Salary: $64,871-78,925 (salary above base may be available to current County employees only). The position is open until filled. EOE. For more information, click here.


Onondaga County, NY: Deputy Director, Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program
The Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program is accepting applications for Deputy Director. The ACP Board is seeking applicants with a demonstrated commitment to high quality indigent criminal and/or Family Court defense. The Deputy Director is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of New York who works directly with the Executive Director overseeing the Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program, Inc., including reviewing applications from attorneys who wish to join the assigned counsel panel of attorneys; conducting and supervising the annual review and recertification of panel members; distributing lists of panel members to Criminal and Family Courts and notifying courts of changes to list; ensuring compliance with rules by panel attorneys; implementing and overseeing the mentor program involving the pairing of newly admitted attorneys with experienced attorneys specializing in the practice of criminal and/or family law; monitoring assignments to panel attorneys from both the Family and Criminal Courts; providing support to panel members as needed; preparing and planning for continuing legal education courses for the panel attorneys; coordinating with the Onondaga County Bar Association or other appropriate CLE providers to establish appropriate continuing legal education courses for panel attorneys; and overseeing and/or conducting training sessions for panel attorneys. Required Experience: Applicants should have at least 10 years of experience in criminal and/or Family Court practice with a minimum of 6 years of criminal and/or Family Court defense work.

The applicant should have experience with cultivating positive client relationships, investigating cases, identifying factual and legal issues, appropriately using experts and investigators, conducting research, writing and arguing motions, making important strategic decisions, engaging in plea negotiations, advising clients about possible pleas and their consequences, conducting all phases of a criminal and/or Family Court trial, and sentencing/disposition advocacy. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume as soon as possible by email to admin@ocbaacp.org. Salary commensurate with experience.


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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