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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.



NYSDA is Hiring!

NYSDA is currently seeking applications for the following positions: Staff Attorney (Public Defense Backup Center, Albany); Information Systems Specialist (Public Defense Backup Center, Albany); and Staff Attorney (part-time) (Veterans Defense Program office, Batavia). Details available at NYSDA Jobs.

Brooklyn, NY: Staff Attorney, Integrated Domestic Violence Unit, Brooklyn Defender Services
Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is seeking applications from experienced attorneys to represent clients in our Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) Unit. IDV attorneys represent clients in Brooklyn’s IDV Court, where the client’s Criminal and Family cases are heard before a single Supreme Court Justice. In this hybrid legal forum, attorneys must be fully versed in criminal defense practice, as well as in issues of child support, custody and visitation that would normally be heard in Family Court.

Those who choose to apply should have the following qualifications:

  1. Three years criminal defense experience preferably in a public defender setting.
  2. Demonstrated experience litigating cases in Family Court involving family offenses, child support, custody and visitation.
  3. Excellent oral and written advocacy skills.
  4. Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team setting.
  5. Familiarity with the collateral consequences arising from a criminal or a family court case and willingness to utilize the services that BDS offers its clients.
Those attorneys who wish to apply for a position in this unit should submit the following:
  1. A statement of interest, delineating the reason the applicant wishes to be a part of this Unit.
  2. A resume, highlighting education, training and experience in the defense of criminal and family court matters.
  3. Any special qualifications or skills that the applicant believes make him/her an appropriate candidate for the position.
  4. A sample of the applicant’s legal writing.
Please submit this application to Laura Saft at jobs2018@bds.org.

Brooklyn Defender Services is an equal opportunity employer and fully subscribes to the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action to insure that all applicants and employees are considered for hire, promotion and job status without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or physical handicap.

Syracuse, NY: Law Assistant, Appeals Program, Hiscock Legal Aid Society The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks a law assistant for its Appeals Program. The law assistant will, among other things, gather documents and prepare records on appeal, maintain a case management system, process correspondence, and communicate with court personnel. Qualifications: paralegal certificate or equivalent work experience; proficient in Word, Excel, and Access or other database software; strong attention to detail; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; experience and/or commitment to working with low-income persons. Salary DOE plus excellent benefits.

Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references, to Linda Gehron, President/CEO at lgehron@hlalaw.org. 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.


Buffalo, NY: Assistant Federal Public Defender (Appeals Unit), Federal Public Defender's Office Western District of New York
The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of New York is now accepting applications for a Full Time Assistant Federal Public Defender (Appeals Unit) position in the Buffalo office. An Assistant Federal Public Defender (Appeals Unit) represents clients before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Responsibilities include preparing the record on appeal, brief and motion writing and oral argument before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The successful candidate will also support Assistant Federal Public Defenders in the Trial Unit by preparing pretrial motions, legal memoranda, including sentencing memoranda, examining and analyzing discovery, performing legal research and assisting with other all aspects of case preparation. A candidate with appropriate experience may even handle some representations in the District Court but would primarily work in the Appeals Unit.

All applicants must either be admitted to the State Bar of New York or be a member in good standing of another state bar. Applicants must have strong writing and advocacy skills, the ability to work in a team environment, and a demonstrated commitment to criminal defense. Five or more years of experience is required. Computer proficiency is required, as is familiarity with computer-assisted legal research and effective written communication skills.

This position announcement is available until filled. Rolling interviews will be held so apply promptly. All responses will remain confidential. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. The Federal Public Defender Is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women & Minorities Are Encouraged to Apply. For more information, click here.


Brooklyn, NY: Criminal Defense Practice Lateral Hires/Practicing Attorneys, Brooklyn Defender Services
The Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) Criminal Defense Practice is currently accepting applications from practicing attorneys who would like to continue their careers as a criminal defense public defender with BDSS. We are looking for attorneys with exceptional written and oral advocacy skills who bring creativity and passion to the defense of their clients. Candidates who have criminal defense experience are especially encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should submit a current resume and a cover letter explaining their desire to join BDS and detailing their bar admission status, as well as their experience in the law and relevant criminal defense or related experience. Attorneys who are currently under a commitment to their present employers should wait until their commitment is nearing completion to apply. Applications should be mailed to the attention of Richard LaFontaine, Esq., Director of Recruiting, Brooklyn Defender Services, 177 Livingston Street, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201, or sent via email to cdpjobs@bds.org.


Warren County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Warren County Public Defender's Office
The Warren County Public Defender's Office has an opening for a full-time Assistant Public Defender. The work involves representing clients assigned by the Public Defender in criminal 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 attorney does work related to the case as required. The cases involve filing demands, motions, preparing for and conducting hearings, evaluation of the case, and plea bargaining. The attorney would also conduct legal research and prepare for and conduct trials.

Salary: $45,000 to $48,878 with full county benefits and NYS pension. Qualifications: Knowledge of criminal law and court proceedings, ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, NYS law license, and valid NYS driver's license. Must be able to work nights and weekends as needed. This is a fully funded grant position from the NYS Office of Indigent Legal Services and is pending approval by the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Appointment to the position is subject to Civil Service Law and rules. To apply, send a resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to: Marcy Flores, Warren County Public Defender, at floresm@warrencountyny.gov or 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845. Warren County is an EOE/AA Employer.


Syracuse, NY: Staff Attorney - Appeals Program, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks an attorney with a strong 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 lgehron@hlalaw.org and hiring@hlalaw.org. 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.


Ontario County, NY: Assistant Public Defender (Two Positions), Ontario County Public Defender's Office
Ontario County seeks a well-qualified, motivated attorney for the position of Assistant Public Defender.

Typical Job Duties:

  • Assist the Public Defender in handling a full caseload of criminal matters from arraignments, preliminary hearings, pretrial proceedings and hearings, through trials.
  • Assist the Public Defender in investigations and in legal research in the preparation of pretrial motions and trial memoranda.
  • Maintain accurate records and updated files.
  • Assist the Public Defender in appearing at criminal and administrative proceedings in the local, county, and state courts, located within Ontario County.
  • Assist the Public Defender by maintaining frequent client contact, performing routine visits to the jails, and conducting interviews of witnesses.
Experience: A satisfactory level of knowledge and understanding in the field and practice of criminal law.

Qualifications:
  • Shall have graduated from a regionally accredited college or university, or a New York State registered college or university with an undergraduate degree, followed by a Law Degree from an accredited Law School.
  • Shall be admitted to the practice of law in the state of New York, and shall be continuously admitted throughout the term of service as the Assistant Public Defender.
  • The Assistant Public Defender shall hold no other public or political office, and shall devote full working time to the county, and shall be a resident of Ontario County during the term of service, or shall become a resident of Ontario County within a reasonable period following commencement of service.
Requirement: Juris Doctorate and be admitted to the New York State Bar.

Salary: Starting 2018: $66,582.00; After 3 years:$94,909.00 (based on 2018 contract, subject to change pending contract negotiations).

To apply, send employment application, cover letter, and resume to the Ontario County Department of Human Resources, 3019 County Complex Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424. EOE.


Cattaraugus County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Cattaraugus County Public Defender's Office
The Public Defender’s Office of Cattaraugus County currently has a position available for an Assistant Public Defender. Candidates must be admitted to and be in good standing in the NY State Bar, with commitment to undertake cases before Cattaraugus County Family Court. Some criminal night court work may also be required. Also required, is a valid drivers license and vehicle. Strong research and writing skills and a commitment to the representation of individuals who are financially unable to retain counsel is required. Ability to work collaboratively with other lawyers and support staff. This is a salaried position beginning at $60,000 plus excellent Government benefits. Cattaraugus County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send cover letter expressing your interest along with a resumé to: Darryl R. Bloom, 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 pubdef@cattco.org.


Utica, NY: Assistant Public Defender-- 3rd Assistant, Oneida County Public Defender, Criminal Division
The Oneida County Public Defender, Criminal Division seeks applications for Assistant Public Defender (3rd Assistant). This is a continuous recruitment announcement. The 3rd Assistant assists the Public Defender in the representation of indigent persons, charged with crimes at all stages of a criminal proceeding; keeps abreast of all procedures and policies within the Public Defender's Office; assists the Public Defender in maintaining law files which may be useful in criminal defense work. Applicants must be admitted to the Bar of New York State. To apply, submit the following materials by email to pubdef@ocgov.net or by mail to Frank J. Nebush, Jr., Esq., Oneida County Public Defender, Criminal Division, 250 Boehlert Center, 321 Main Street, Utica, NY 13501: (1) Certificate of Good Standing from the Appellate Division of admission; (2) complete resume including elementary education and all employment, listing employers' addresses and telephone numbers; (3) three references with addresses and telephone numbers; (4) writing sample; (5) copy of valid NYS driver's license; and (6) completed Oneida County application. Grade/Salary plus excellent benefits: 36P- $52,441. Oneida County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Albany County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders, Albany County Public Defender's Office
The Albany County Public Defender's Office has openings for Entry Level Assistant Public Defenders and Felony Level Assistant Public Defenders.

  • Entry Level Assistant Public Defender- Position primarily entails representation of indigent defendants in local criminal courts. Room for additional responsibilities and advancement. Minimum qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar. Must be resident of Albany County. Starting Salary: $57,740 plus excellent health benefits, NYS retirement system, eligible for student loan forgiveness program.
  • Felony Level Assistant Public Defender – Position primarily entails representation of indigent defendants with felony charges in local and superior courts. Minimum qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar. Must be resident of Albany County. Substantial prior criminal law experience preferred. Starting Salary: $71,400 plus excellent health benefits, NYS retirement system, eligible for student loan forgiveness program.
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to: Jane.PearsonCurtis@albanycountyny.gov. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


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 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 $60,028 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
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 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
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. Email a cover letter and resume to:

Susan Bryant
Deputy Director
Email: sbryant@nysda.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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