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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 Staff Attorney positions (Criminal and Family Court) at the Public Defense Backup Center in Albany. Details available at NYSDA Jobs.

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.


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 criminal defense attorneys who would like to continue their careers with BDS. Applicants must have an appreciation of, and ability to relate to, the obstacles faced by our indigent clients and be prepared to advocate on their behalf effectively and zealously. Candidates whose own background and experience reflect the diversity of Brooklyn’s communities are particularly encouraged to apply. For more information, click here. For more information about BDS, visit its website at http://bds.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.


New York City: Various Positions, Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan, First and Second Departments
The Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan (ACP or OACP) is seeking applications for four positions: Supervisory Attorney, Director of Operations, Senior Data Analyst/Senior Research Associate, and Program Assistant. Pursuant to Article 18B of the County Law, the Assigned Counsel Plan (ACP), in consultation with the Presiding Justices of the 1st and 2nd Appellate Division, has been providing quality legal services to indigent persons since 1966. These services are funded by the City of New York through the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. The ACP provides compensation to private attorneys for representing indigent clients charged with criminal offenses. Attorneys are assigned matters by the Court and the Administrator's office when a conflict exists prohibiting the institutional providers from providing representation.

  • Supervisory Attorney: The Supervisory Attorney will provide oversight for ACP attorneys representing clients facing misdemeanor, felony and homicide charges in the Criminal and Supreme Courts in New York City. Under the supervision of the ACP Administrators and with significant latitude for independent judgment, the Supervisory Attorney will assist in the professional development of ACP attorneys through the provision of technical assistance to attorneys. For more information, click here. To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to CJCresumes@cityhall.nyc.gov. Please be sure to include “Supervisory Attorney” in the subject line.
  • Director of Operations: The new Director of Operations will drive operational excellence, performance management, and other strategic activities for the OACP. Under the direction of the Assigned Counsel Plan Administrators, and working in partnership with the 1st and 2nd Appellate Divisions of New York State and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Director of Operations will develop and implement innovative solutions to improve ACP operations. For more information, click here. To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to CJCresumes@cityhall.nyc.gov. Please be sure to include “Director of Operations” in the subject line.
  • Senior Data Analyst/Senior Research Associate: The Senior Research Associate will work to create compelling reporting for the ACP and will play a key role in the development and administration of the office’s Case Tracking System. The Senior Data Analyst will use innovative data‐driven methods and advanced analytics to transform the way the OACP approaches all facets of its mission. The Senior Research Associate will also work with OACP attorneys and stakeholders to define their reporting needs and will strive to improve office‐wide data literacy and reporting capabilities. The Senior Research Associate will play a key role in building out all of the office’s reporting and deploying solutions to help the Administrators and staff gain meaningful insights and to inform strategic decision‐making. For more information, click here. To apply: submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to CJCresumes@cityhall.nyc.gov. Please be sure to include “Senior Data Analyst” in the subject line.
  • Program Assistant: The Program Assistant will provide clerical support and assistance on a variety of special projects and administrative matters. The ideal candidate will provide administrative and operational assistance for the Assigned Counsel Plan Administrators and for the attorneys responsible for representing clients facing misdemeanor, felony and homicide charges in the Criminal and Supreme Courts in New York City. For more information, click here. To apply: submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to CJCresumes@cityhall.nyc.gov. Please be sure to include “Program Assistant” in the subject line.
New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days of Appointment. The City of New York and the Office of the Mayor are Equal Opportunity Employers.


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. 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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