Breaking News

First Public Defenders Career Fair draws more than 180 employers & law students, Niagara Frontier Publications, Oct. 19, 2018

Batson Challenges and People v. Herrod, NY Criminal Defense Blog, Sept. 20, 2018

Groundbreaking NYCLU Survey Reveals Vast Disparities in How New Yorkers Are Policed, NYCLU News, Sept. 20, 2018

Tens of Thousands of DUI Cases Affected by Tainted Breathalyzers in Massachusetts, DUI Blog, Sept. 20, 2018

Federal Committee Recommends Independence of the Defense Function, Sixth Amendment Center, Sept. 13, 2018

Subway Policing in New York City Still Has a Race Problem, Marshall Project, Sept. 12, 2018


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NYS Public Defenders Career Fair, October 19, 2018, Buffalo: Organized by NYSDA, the Chief Defenders Association of New York, and the University of Buffalo School of Law, the first NYS Public Defenders Career Fair will be held on Friday, October 19 at the Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo. This is a wonderful opportunity for public defense offices across the state to recruit attorneys and interns and for law students and new graduates to learn about exciting opportunities in public defense. For more information about the Public Defenders Career Fair and to register as an employer or applicant, visit Current openings for public defense jobs are posted on our Job Opportunities page.

Inspiring Public Defense Lawyers Honored at Annual Conference: For their stellar advocacy in court and beyond, three lawyers received recognition at NYSDA's Annual Conference on July 23, 2018. As described in a news release, the honorees exemplify dedication, skill, and compassion in working for public defense clients in criminal and family law matters. Founding Executive Director of the Center for Family Representation, Susan Jacobs, received the Jonathan E. Gradess Service of Justice Award. Nancy Ginsburg, Director of The Legal Aid Society of New York’s Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project, received NYSDA's Wilfred R. O'Connor Award. And the Kevin M. Andersen Memorial Award established by the Genesee County Public Defender Office was presented to Alex B. Rosen, Bureau Chief, Criminal Unit, Dutchess County Office of the Public Defender. Congratulations to each of them!

NYSDA’s conference drew about 300 lawyers from around the state who celebrated their inspirational colleagues, networked, and spent two full days in Continuing Legal Education (CLE) sessions. The CLE topics included information helpful in representing clients with specific—and sometimes overlapping—needs, such as military veterans, teenagers, and those with mental illness. Conferees also had an opportunity to speak with representatives of NYSDA's Veterans Defense Program as well as the Regional Immigration Assistance Center (RIAC) for Region 3.


Immigration Assistance Need Grows: Public defense lawyers whose clients who are not U.S. citizens must be aware of immigration consequences that can flow from criminal or family court matters, and how to mitigate negative consequences whenever possible. NYSDA works with NYS Indigent Legal Services Office (ILS) and the six RIACs funded with ILS grants, including the Immigrant Defense Project, to provide training and technical assistance. As the demand for skilled legal assistance grows every day, NYSDA advocates for improvements in the quality and scope of legal representation for immigrants. However, NYSDA does not offer individual legal assistance to people with immigration needs.

Families Continue to Matter: NYSDA provides backup services and training to public defense lawyers who represent parents in family law matters. See our Family Defense Resources page. Lawyers can also consult with Family Court Staff Attorney Lucy McCarthy at 518-465-3524 x24, For information on the statewide Families Matter 2018 conference, sponsored by NYSDA, ILS, the NYS Child Welfare Court Improvement Project, and Albany Law School, see pp. 3-4 of the current Backup Center REPORT. At the event, ILS presented its Ella B. Family Justice Award to Nancy Farrell and Amanda McHenry of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse, NY.

Veterans Defense Program Opening Long Island Office: Thanks to a NYS Senate appropriation, the VDP will be opening a Long Island office in the near future with an attorney and case manager. The new office will focus on assisting Long Island justice-involved veterans, advocating a treatment-oriented approach in the criminal court system. For more information on VDP’s services, see the 2017 Annual Report.

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