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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.



New York Job Postings
Out of State Job Postings


New York

White Plains, NY: Entry Level Attorneys, Legal Aid Society of Westchester County
The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County (150 Grand Street, White Plains, NY) has openings for entry level attorneys. Our office is the primary defender for indigent clients accused of felonies in Westchester County. We provide holistic representation to our clients. Our office will consider admitted attorneys and those graduating law school who will be taking the February, 2020 or the July, 2020 bar exam. We are interested in applicants with clinical experience while in law school. The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in our staff. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply for employment with our office. Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to David B. Weisfuse, Chief Counsel by email at dweisfuse@laswest.org. [Posted: 2/20/2020]


Chenango County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Chenango County Public Defender’s Office
The Chenango County Public Defender’s Office is seeking an Assistant Public Defender. Employees in this class are appointed by the Public Defender to perform professional legal work involving responsibility for assisting in the representation of indigent defendants as assigned by the Public Defender. The work involves responsibility for participating in the investigation, preparation, conduct and appearance in various court and legal proceedings involving felony and misdemeanor crimes as well as violations. The Assistant Public Defender also represents respondents financially unable to obtain counsel in family court and surrogate court proceedings. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Defender. Supervision is exercised over the work of clerical subordinates. The incumbent does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities (illustrative only): Prepares cases for hearings and trials, prepares briefs, secures evidence and conducts investigations; Represents and counsels defendants at every stage of proceedings following arrest; Represents clients in family and surrogate court proceedings; Initiates such proceedings as are necessary to protect the rights of the accused; Corresponds with referral and intervention social agencies to arrange for client counseling and/or in-patient treatment as component of negotiated dispositions; Confers with defendants, witnesses, law enforcement officers, judges and District Attorneys concerning individual cases; Prepares and processes warranted appeals; Supervises assigned clerical staff; Prepares records and reports related to the work. Must be able to work nights and weekends as needed.

Full Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics: Thorough knowledge of court procedures and the rules of evidence; good knowledge of the principles and practices of criminal law; good knowledge of the procedures of filing and processing legal appeals; good knowledge of legal research practices, procedures and techniques; skill in the preparation of briefs and in the presentation of a defense before a jury; ability to efficiently gather facts by interview, research and investigation; ability to analyze, appraise and apply legal principles, facts and precedent to legal problems; ability to express arguments of the law, clearly and concisely; ability to cross examine witnesses and negotiate settlement of cases; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other attorneys, agencies and County officials; initiative; good judgment; capable of performing the essential job functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

Minimum qualifications: Possession of a license to practice law in New York State. At the time of appointment and continuing throughout employment, a candidate/incumbent must possess a valid New York State Driver’s License, a reliable vehicle, and a driving record acceptable to the County’s insurance carrier.

Salary: $65,000+ depending on experience, full benefit and retirement package. To apply, send completed application and resume to: Chenango County Public Defender’s Office, 26 Conkey Ave, Box 233, Norwich, NY 13815, Office: (607) 337-1870, Fax: 607 337-1489, publicdefender@co.chenango.ny.us. [Posted: 2/5/2020]


Cattaraugus County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders (4), Cattaraugus County Public Defender's Office
The Cattaraugus County Public Defender’s Office is currently seeking applications for 4 Assistant Public Defender positions. The job entails representing defendants in all stages of the criminal court process starting at arraignment, as well as Family Court representation. Attorneys at this office are expected to work diligently toward achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Starting salary is up to $65,000 per year depending on experience and skill. Benefits include excellent medical, dental and vision coverage as well as paid vacation and sick days. Employees are also members of the New York State Retirement System.

Applicants are required to possess a valid driver’s license and must be admitted to practice law in New York or be pending admission. Interested applicants may submit a resume to the Cattaraugus County Public Defender’s Office at 175 North Union St, Olean, NY 14760 or by email to bjsmith@cattco.org. [Posted: 2/5/2020]


Warren County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders, Warren County Public Defender's Office
The Warren County Public Defender's Office is currently accepting applications for two Assistant Public Defenders. The work 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.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Knowledge of family court law, criminal law and court proceedings would be necessary for the applicant.
  • The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing is mandatory.
  • The applicant must possess a NY State law license and have at least two years of experience as an attorney in the field of criminal law.
  • The applicant must possess a valid NYS driver’s license.
Salary: $69,891 with full county benefits. To apply, send a resume and writing sample to Warren County Public Defender, Marcy Flores, at floresm@warrencountyny.gov or at Warren County Public Defender’s Office, 1340 State Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845. (518) 761-6207. Fax number (518) 761-6208. The position is subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors. Warren County is an EOE/AA employer. [Posted: 2/2/2020]

 


Syracuse, NY: Staff Attorney- Appeals Program, Hiscock Legal Aid Society
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society, a nonprofit legal aid organization, seeks an attorney committed 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, writing sample and resume, including three references to Piotr Banasiak, Managing Attorney at 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. [Posted: 1/27/2020]


Monroe County, NY: Assistant Public Defender, Monroe County Public Defender's Office – Family Court Bureau
The Monroe County Public Defender’s Office is looking for an attorney who wants to zealously represent their clients while working in a vibrant, collaborative setting. The Public Defender’s Office has an immediate opening in our Family Court Bureau and is looking for an experienced attorney to join our dedicated staff of attorneys who are truly committed to making a difference for each and every client they represent. The prospective candidate should believe in the critical role public defenders play in advocating zealously for the clients they serve. We are currently accepting resumes for an immediate position as an assistant public defender in the Family Court Bureau. In this position the attorney would be responsible for representing clients in abuse/neglect, termination of parental rights, custody and visitation, and family offense cases. Starting salary is $61,909 with excellent benefits, including full health insurance, dental, vacation (three weeks paid vacation and thirteen paid holidays in your first year of employment), sick time, compensatory time, mileage reimbursement, 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 or by emailing a resume to tdonaher@monroecounty.gov. [Posted: 1/8/2020]


Monroe County, NY: Assistant Public Defenders, Monroe County Public Defender's Office

The Monroe County Public Defender’s Office is looking for attorneys who want to zealously represent their clients while working in a vibrant, collaborative setting. The Public Defender’s Office is seeking Assistant Public Defenders to join our dedicated staff of attorneys who are truly committed to making a difference for each and every client they represent. The prospective candidate(s) should believe in the critical role public defenders play in advocating zealously for the clients they serve. We are currently accepting resumes for four (4) immediate, entry-level positions 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 $61,909 with excellent benefits, including full health insurance, dental, vacation (three weeks paid vacation and thirteen paid holidays in your first year of employment), sick time, compensatory time, mileage reimbursement, 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 or by emailing a resume to tdonaher@monroecounty.gov. [Posted: 12/4/2019] 


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: $60,000-$110,000, 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. [Updated: 8/20/19]


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.


 


Out of State Job Postings

Los Angeles, California: Homelessness Prevention/Eviction Defense, Inner City Law Center
Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a nonprofit law firm on Skid Row. We are looking for extraordinary people to help us end homelessness in Los Angeles. Founded on the fundamental principle that every person should always be treated with dignity and respect, ICLC fights for justice for low-income tenants, working-poor families, people living with disabilities or experiencing homelessness, people living with HIV/AIDS, and homeless veterans.

This new Staff Attorney position will carry a caseload of eviction defense (unlawful detainer) cases and will help expand our tenant defense work. The Staff Attorney will work with an eviction defense team including attorneys and paralegals to negotiate with opposing counsel; prepare discovery requests and responses; draft pleading motions and correspondence; negotiate settlements; conduct unlawful detainer trials; and pursue appellate remedies. In addition to carrying their own caseload, the Staff Attorney will work closely with volunteer attorneys from private law firms who are providing pro bono representation to clients facing eviction. For the full job posting, visit https://www.innercitylaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Eviction-Defense-Staff-Attorney-Job-Announcement.pdf.

How to Apply: Cover letters and resumes are reviewed upon receipt and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing interest in the position to Anna Carrillo, HR Coordinator, at careers@innercitylaw.org. ICLC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, disability, marital status, or medical condition. All qualified applicants with criminal histories shall be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring. [Posted: 2/23/20]


 

 

 

 

 

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