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New study by Paul Heaton and RAND co-authors finds holistic defense effective in reducing mass incarceration, PennLaw, Nov. 12, 2018

DAs Embrace Ease of Electronic Signatures, Troubling Defense Bar, NYLJ, Nov. 12, 2018

NY Appeals Judges Say Trial Courts Should Act to Quell Appeal Waiver Challenges, NYLJ, Nov. 9, 2018

Rationing Justice: Risk Assessment Instruments in the American Criminal Justice System, Europe Now Journal, Nov. 8, 2018

Texas judge orders rare $127,000 sanction against CPS after wrongful removal of childrenHouston Chronicle, Nov. 8, 2018

Reasonable Efforts as Prevention, ABA Child Law Practice Today, Nov. 6, 2018


NYSDA is Hiring!


First NYS Public Defenders Career Fair Held at University at Buffalo: Organized by NYSDA, the Chief Defenders Association of New York, and the University of Buffalo School of Law, the first ever NYS Public Defenders Career Fair took place on Friday, October 19 at the University at Buffalo. More than 25 public defense offices from around the state YLmet with over 130 law students and recent graduates to discuss current positions and future career opportunities. "With the infusion of state funding to public defense offices through the legislative expansion of the Hurrell-Harring settlement, this is an opportunity for new attorneys who want to enter public defense to receive the training, supervision, and manageable caseloads necessary provide high-quality representation to clients. NYSDA is excited to join with the Chief Defenders Association of New York and the University of Buffalo School of Law to present the first New York State Public Defenders Career Fair," said Charlie F. O'Brien, NYSDA's executive director. 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.

Veterans Defense Program Opens Long Island Office: Thanks to a NYS Senate appropriation, the VDP is in the midst of opening a Long Island office at Touro Law School's William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center. 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.

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 the legal staff at the Public Defense Backup Center at 518-465-3524. 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.

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