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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: Program Assistant (Public Defense Backup Center, Albany); Staff Attorney (Public Defense Backup Center, Albany); and Staff Attorney (part-time) (Veterans Defense Program office, Batavia). Details available at NYSDA Jobs.

Dutchess County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Dutchess County Public Defender's Office
The Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office in Poughkeepsie, NY is seeking an experienced criminal defense lawyer. 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: Admitted NYS attorney with 3 years of experience handling criminal matters. Valid driver’s license. Salary: $83,244.00 and excellent benefits including participation in the NYS Pension System. Application deadline: April 19, 2019. Please send cover letter and resume to Thomas N. N. Angell, Esq., Dutchess County Public Defender, 22 Market Street, 4th Floor, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Dutchess County is an equal opportunity employer.


Wayne County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders, Wayne County Public Defender's Office
The Wayne County Public Defender, practicing high quality and innovative criminal defense in a rural setting, currently has two openings for Assistant Public Defenders. These attorneys will carry a mixed caseload of clients facing felony and misdemeanor charges, and may have the opportunity to be involved in various other representation, including Raise the Age, Drug Treatment Court, parole, appeals and mitigation work. All lawyers must participate in our Centralized Arraignment Plan (CAP), for which stipends are available. Trial experience preferred. Proven dedication to indigent defense required. Benefits include health insurance, dental, NYS retirement system and reasonable caseloads. Salary up to $66,000 depending upon experience, plus CAP stipends. Residency in Wayne County strongly encouraged. Applicants must be currently admitted to practice in NYS. Send resume, references and a writing sample to Public Defender Andrew D. Correia, Esq., Wayne County Public Defender’s Office, 26 Church Street, Lyons NY 14489 or acorreia@co.wayne.ny.us.


Genesee County, NY: Attorney Positions, Genesee County Public Defender's Office
The Genesee County Public Defender is seeking two (2) full-time Assistant Public Defenders for our criminal court bureau and one (1) part-time Assistant Public Defender for our Family Court bureau. A more detailed job description is available at the Human Resources link on the Genesee County website at www.co.genesee.ny.us. Information about this office can also be found on that site. The deadline for applications for these positions is April 12, 2019.

We are also seeking qualified attorneys to contract with Genesee County to represent criminal defendants at off-hours arraignments (nights, weekends and holidays) in its local courts and Youth Part. The attorney would report to the Public Defender and be on call for one week on a rotating basis. The attorney would be paid for being on call, receive mileage reimbursement and an amount certain for an arraignment. There is no deadline for applications for these attorneys.

Resumes can be sent by mail to Jerry Ader, Public Defender, at the County Courts Facility, 1 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020, by fax to 585-344-8553 or by e-mail to public.defender@co.genesee.ny.us. Inquires can be addressed to Jamie Amburgey at the Public Defender’s Office by phone at 585-815-7815 or by e-mail at jamie.amburgey@co.genesee.ny.us.


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: 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.

Syracuse, NY: Temporary Law Assistant, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society (HLA), a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks a temporary law assistant to support HLA’s Family Court Program, with the potential for the position to become permanent. The law assistant will, among other things, gather documents and prepare documents for filing in Onondaga County Family Court, maintain a case management system, process and draft 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. 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.


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.


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 Opportunities

Law Internship Program in Albany, NY
NYSDA considers internship applications from 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:

Susan C. Bryant
Acting Director
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: sbryant@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249

Criminal Justice Internship
NYSDA considers applications from 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 another 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:

Susan C. Bryant
Acting Director
New York State Defenders Association
194 Washington Ave, Suite 500
Albany, NY 12210
Email: sbryant@nysda.org
Phone: (518) 465-3524
Fax: (518) 465-3249

Library Internships
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 another participating library science 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
Acting Director
Email: sbryant@nysda.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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