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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.



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New York, NY: Senior Research Associate and Director of Operations, Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan
The Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan (OACP) seeks applications for two positions: Senior Research Associate and Director of Operations. 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. All services provided by the Office of the Assigned Counsel Plan 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. For both positions, 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.

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 Research Associate 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 decisionmaking. Preferred Skills and/or Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a broad range of skills, but above all, they must be curious, flexible thinkers who love learning new things and tackling challenges on a daily basis. In addition, the preferred candidate should possess the following:

  • 2 – 4+ years of experience with data analysis, database administration, or research using a variety of methods.
  • Undergraduate degree in an analytical field (i.e., Economics, Sociology, Computer Science, Business, etc.) or equivalent experience; graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience with data management and analysis using statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, Stata, SPSS, other); Fluency with retrieval from relational databases via SQL and other coding mechanisms.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce and Salesforce reporting preferred.
  • Experience working to understand business users’ needs.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines; ability to think outside of the box and develop novel strategies for analysis; ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment; ability to work comfortably with a wide variety of people at different levels within the organization.
  • Passion for criminal justice.
For more information, click here.

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. Preferred Skills and/or Qualifications: The successful candidate must have leadership qualities and should possess the following:
  • Five (5) years of relevant professional experience preferred.
  • An advanced degree (M.P.A., M.P.P., M.B.A, J.D.) preferred.
  • Knowledge of issues that face the criminal justice system, including knowledge of the indigent defense system and court proceedings in New York City.
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills, including the ability to take initiative, problem-solve, balance competing priorities, and work independently within a fast-paced team environment.
  • Ability to work comfortably with people at different levels within and outside the organization.
For more information, click here.


Westchester County, NY: Associate Counsel, Legal Aid Society of Westchester County
The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, White Plains, New York is interested in hiring an Associate Counsel. Our office represents clients accused of felonies in the trial courts. We also represent clients on appeals and post conviction proceedings. The position requires admission to practice law in New York. We will consider both experienced and recently admitted attorneys. The salary will be commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer. Please send your cover letter, resume, and writing sample to David B. Weisfuse, Chief Counsel at dweisfuse@laswest.org.


Franklin County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Franklin County Public Defender's Office The Franklin County Personnel Office is accepting applications for Assistant Public Defender (full or part-time), located within the Franklin County Public Defender’s Department. The position is in a busy office providing criminal defense services to those unable to afford counsel as well as Family Court representation in cases requiring assigned counsel. The Assistant will be expected to handle Felony cases, Family Court appearances and misdemeanor cases in local criminal court. Recent law school graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. Minimum Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar (must submit proof of admittance). To view the complete job description, please visit the county website mentioned below.

Salary: $65,000-$70,000 (prorated if part-time). Residency Waived – candidate will need to relocate to Franklin County within 60 days of being hired. Documentation will be accepted until positions are filled. To view full job description, click here. Applications can be printed from our website www.franklincony.org or picked up at the Franklin County Personnel Office located at 355 W. Main Street, Suite 311, Malone, NY 12953. Phone: (518) 481-1677. Generous fringe benefits. EOE.


Franklin County, NY: Assistant Conflict Defender, Franklin County Conflict Defender's Office
The Franklin County Personnel Office is accepting applications for an Assistant Conflict Defender in the Franklin County Conflict Defender’s Office. Set in the foothills of the Adirondacks, the Conflict Defender’s Office provides representation to those unable to afford counsel as well as in cases requiring assigned counsel.

Applicants must possess excellent communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills, and have the ability to juggle multiple responsibilities. Successful applicants will also show a commitment to representing low-income and underserved populations; a commitment to rural populations and an awareness of their unique issues is a plus.

The Assistant Conflict Defender will provide effective legal representation to protect clients’ rights, including but not limited to filing motions, performing legal research, amending petitions, and conducting hearings and trials. The Assistant Conflict Defender will appear in local town courts, County Court, Family Court, and Support Court.

Competitive health, benefits, and retirement package. Recent law school graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE. For questions, please call (518) 481-1677.

Minimum Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar (must submit proof of admittance). To view the complete job description, click here.

Interested candidates must submit the following in person or via mail to Franklin County Personnel Department, 355 W. Main Street, Suite 311, Malone, NY 12953:

  • Civil Service Application (Click here for application)
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Proof of Current Admittance to the NYS Bar
Documentation will be accepted until the position as been filled. Residency Waived – candidate will need to relocate to Franklin County within 60 days of being hired.


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: $65,000 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: $72,000 - $90,000 depending on experience, plus excellent health benefits, NYS retirement system, eligible for student loan forgiveness program.
Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to: PublicDefender@albanycountyny.gov. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


Dutchess County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Dutchess County Public Defender's Office
The Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office in Poughkeepsie, NY is seeking a Director of Training. Dutchess County is located in the middle of the historic and scenic Hudson Valley with train service to New York City. Our county is a mix of mid-size cities, small villages and farms. We are a mid-size office of approximately 30 attorneys and growing. Our practice areas include criminal, family, parole and appellate work. We are well funded and have a dynamic support staff that includes investigators, social workers, intake workers, and clerical support. We are client focused and community minded.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a minimum of 10+ years of felony trial experience; must be an experienced criminal defense attorney; possess teaching and training skills; demonstrate proven ability to lead by example; capable of fostering mentor relationships; organized; and possessing excellent verbal and writing experience. Valid driver’s license.

Salary: $93,822.00 and excellent benefits including participation in the NYS Pension System. Application deadline: May 31, 2019. Please send cover letter and resume to Thomas N. N. Angell, Esq., Dutchess County Public Defender, 45 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Dutchess County is an equal opportunity employer.


Cortland County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Cortland County Public Defender's Office
The Cortland County Public Defender's Office is seeking an Assistant Public Defender. Minimum qualifications: possession of a license to practice law in New York State. Salary: Grade 4/$66,169 - $80,503 (35 hours/week). Approved applications will be forwarded to the Public Defender's Office until the position is filled. Residency requirements will be in compliance with 2005 local law #4. Pre-employment drug screen, criminal background check and/or physical required. To apply, submit application to: Cortland County Personnel, 60 Central Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-2746. For more information, click here. EOE/MF.


Warren County, NY: Assistant Public Defender (2 positions), Warren County Public Defender's Office
The Warren County Public Defender's Office is seeking applications for two full-time Assistant Public Defender positions.

Assistant Public Defender (1st position): This position involves representing clients assigned by the Public Defender in criminal court 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 attorney does work related to the case as required. The cases involve filing demands, motions, preparing for hearings, conducting hearings, evaluation of the case and plea bargaining. The attorney would also conduct legal research, prepare for trials and conduct the trial. Qualifications:

  • Able to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Knowledge of family court law, criminal law and court proceedings
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • NYS law license and at least two years of experience as an attorney in the fields of criminal law or family court law
  • Valid NYS driver’s license
Salary: $63,066 with full county benefits and NYS pension. To apply, send a resume 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.

Assistant Public Defender (2nd position): The position 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. Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of criminal law and court proceedings
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • NYS law license
  • Valid NYS driver's license
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends as needed
Salary: $45,000 to $48,878 with full county benefits and NYS pension. 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.


Franklin County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Franklin County Public Defender's Office
The Franklin County Personnel Office is accepting applications for an Assistant Public Defender, located within the Franklin County Public Defender’s Department. The position is in a busy office providing criminal defense services to those unable to afford counsel as well as Family Court representation in cases requiring assigned counsel. The Assistant will be expected to handle Felony cases, Family Court appearances, and misdemeanor cases in local criminal court. Recent law school graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. Minimum Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in New York State and admitted to the New York State Bar (Copy of admission to NYS Bar must accompany completed application). To view the complete job description, please visit the county website mentioned below.

Salary: $55,000. Generous fringe benefits. Applications and documentation will be accepted until position has been filled.

Applications can be printed from our job opportunities page or picked up at the Franklin County Personnel Office located at 355 W. Main Street, Suite 311, Malone, NY 12953. Phone: (518) 481-1677. EOE. Residency Waived – candidate will need to relocate to Franklin County within 60 days of being hired.


Syracuse, NY: Civil Attorney, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
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: D.O.E. Excellent benefits. Applicants should send cover letter and resume, including three references to: Linda Gehron, Esq. President & CEO, Hiscock Legal Aid Society, 351 S. Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, or hiring@hlalaw.org. The Hiscock Legal Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer (E.O.E.), committed to serving and employing a diverse population. Persons of color, women, LGBT and bilingual persons are encouraged to apply.

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.

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.

Syracuse, NY: Process Server, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society (HLA), a nonprofit legal aid organization, is looking for a full-time Process Server/Law Assistant to primarily support HLA’s Family Court Program by hand-delivering documents such as subpoenas, summons, and orders to individuals involved in our court cases. This role requires familiarity with legal practices and processes, as well as the ability to research respondents, witnesses, and other involved parties to find their current addresses or places of work to deliver documents. The Process Server will work closely with Attorneys and Law Assistants, and also play an important role in maintaining records to ensure that activities are properly documented. Qualifications: valid driver’s license; working vehicle; willingness for local travel (mileage reimbursable); excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; proficient in Word and Excel. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Gregory W. Dewan, Esq., Deputy Executive Director, at hiring@hlalaw.org. Salary: $15.38/hr and up (DOE), plus excellent fringe benefits including generous leave, health, dental, and optical insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, and a great work environment. Hiscock Legal Aid is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply.

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.


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.


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. 

 


Out of State Job Postings

Harrisburg, PA: 2 Positions, Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Pennsylvania
The Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is seeking an Assistant Public Defender and a Research and Writing Specialist for its Capital Habeas Unit (CHU). The Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and other minorities are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Federal Public Defender: This is a full time attorney position in the Harrisburg office. The Capital Habeas Unit represents death-sentenced prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings. An AFPD in the CHU represents petitioners in capital habeas cases in federal court from the initial petition through all subsequent federal hearings and appeals. An AFPD is responsible for providing legal guidance and leadership to collaborative teams of paralegals, investigators, and research and writing attorneys, on each of their cases. Due to the complexity and duration of capital habeas proceedings, AFPDs and their teams develop critical long-term relationships with their clients through ongoing contact and correspondence. An AFPD analyzes complex and diverse records, pursues relevant training on a continuing basis, and is responsible for establishing and maintaining ongoing communication and consultation with expert witnesses and other counsel representing their clients. For more information about this position, click here.

Research and Writing Specialist: A Research and Writing Specialist provides advanced legal research, drafting, analysis and litigation assistance to Assistant Federal Public Defenders in the CHU. A Specialist stays apprised of the latest developments in habeas corpus and criminal law and procedure in federal and state courts, especially Pennsylvania. Specialists analyze and research client and case-related records, develop relationships with clients through extensive contact and correspondence, draft federal petitions and appellate briefs, and assist with record collection and fact investigations. All CHU clients are represented by collaborative teams of paralegals, investigators and attorneys, which requires all members to possess strong oral, written and interpersonal skills, independent and cooperative skills, and ability to prioritize and meet critical deadlines. Research and writing specialists may appear in court only in exceptional circumstances. For more information about this position, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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